In the 1970s the theatre group “Theatre Wrokshop” produced a drama written by Manoj Mitra which rocked the theatre scene of Kolkata. The theatre was titled Narak Gulzar. In that time is completed with the super hit production “Teen Paysar Pala” by Nandikar’s Ajitesh Banerjee. Where “Teen Paysar Pala” was based on Brecht’s “Three Penny Opera” and a serious one, Majon Mitra’s Narak Gulzar was a comedy and social satire.
Last Friday when the film director Nitish Mukherjee’s Narak Gulzar based on Manoj Mitra’s popular drama released, I felt interested. But the saddest part in that I had to wait one more day to watch the movie. I went to watch the movie on Friday 8:30p.m show at Bharati Cinema. But I found the cinema hall closed. I enquired about that and came to know that as there were only four spectators in the 3:00p.m show and no spectator in the 6:00p.m show. They won’t start the 8:30p.m show unless ten spectators come. No one turned out and then they decided not to screen the film. So I went to watch the movie on Saturday 3:00p.m show. Nitish’s film is totally based on Monoj Mitra’s drama but the main problem is that the film was made possibly 15-18 years ago and didn’t get any distributor a long time. So we find actors like Bimal Deb and Anup Kumar who are dead long time back. Even a younger Debasree Roy and Sumanta Mukherjee are in the lead roles of the rickshaw puller and his wife who after their death moved to hell and made the hell noisy. The noise was so heavy that Narod was forced to send them back to earth for the sake of their earth. We find that life both in hell and heaven are almost like than of earth. That is the base of the comedy. Nitish made Rabibar in 1985 and it was a mediocre success. Immediately after that he started making this film.
This film is not that bad as it appears from the presence of spectators. It was a great musical film. Debajyoti Mishra has done the music with singer like Amar Pal, Arindam Ganguly, Indranil Sen, Parama Banerjee, Rwitika Sahani and Swapan Bose.
The responsibility of the comedy acting rests on Chinmoy Roy, Anup Kumar, Bimal Deb and Tapen Chatterjee.
According to the claim of the director this film was world premiere in Chicago, New York and Florida. But here it is not mentioned.
Due to lack of promotion and marketing this film failed to receive proper attention of the spectator. Nitish should understand the modern way of selling a film.