In 1930 Girindra Shekhar Basu wrote a novel which was widely accepted by not only kids but also by the people of all ages. Based on that novel R. D Mallick has made the first Bengali animation film LAL KALO worth Rs. 8crores. It has also been released in Hindi.
Animation film needs a frame–by –frame drawing of the story board. The animation director Shantunu Paul has used almost ten lacs of drawings in creating this animated feature film.
The story deals with the fend of two types of ants. Rend Ants and Black Ants.
Old Red ant, “Lal Buddha” is accused of harassing “Kali Bon”, the maiden of “Kali Rani”, queen of the Black ants. Queen request her King to behead the old Red ant. Lal Raja is angered at Kala Raja’s audacity. He decided to attack the Kala Kingdom.
The war between the ants just started. Then there appears a villain “Ghoons”, a magician! A snake, a mongoose and what not! The war and counter war continues. And there is love too. In between this “Lohit”, the Lal Prince falls in love with “Krishna”, the Kala Princess and elopes with her.
Above all “LAL KALO” is a sarcastic commentary on the futility of wars and prejudices. One may interpret the two colours in several ways from the communal hatred to petty caste prejudices. But the film is to enjoy, not interpreting.
The story board is super. The frames are true cinematic, and hence anybody would easily feel not only the tension of the war, but the romantic mood of the love affair between two young ants of the two groups.
The music and the dialogues are very important part of any animation film. Jeet Ganguli is the music director. He has used a dozen beautiful songs to catch the feel of the story. The songs are sung by Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Kunal Ganjawala, Sudesh Bhosle, Pratick Choudhury and Kharaj Mukhopadhyay. The screenplay and dialogues are written by Kharaj Mukhopadhyay with exact doses of humor, romance and melodrama which has made the film an entertaining one.
The voices are given by Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Kharaj Mukhopadhyay, Biswajit Chakraborty, Kanchan Mallick etc.