BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Filmmaker Srijit Mukherji’s social media wall is crowded with endless sharings – mostly rave reviews of latest Bengali thriller Dwityo Purush from the fans and endless memes the film has generated. In fact, let’s give it to Srijit. Once and for all. If Dev, Koel Mallick and of course Ranjit Mallick are subject to memes (and they take them sportingly), among the Bengali directors, Srijit and his movies have resulted into a meme fest for the cybercitizens. And the National Award-winning director surely doesn’t mind them. And so does his Dwityo Purush actors, be it Anirban Bhattacharya, Parambrata Chatterjee, Raima Sen or Abir Chatterjee.
Primarily it’s Anirban and Parambrata who have been the favourite for meme creators especially Khoka i.e. Anirban. Khoka has almost attained a ‘cult’ status now, thanks to the fans. It wouldn’t be surprising if we see Kolkata boys donning Khoka’s special haircut this Durga Puja.
And as the audience keeps gorging on the feisty combination of Khoka’s ‘chicken chowmein and chilli fish’, which Srijit dished out in the riveting Dwityo Purush, which entered its third week, Anirban is busy elsewhere.
Anirban has recently watched Sam Mendes’ Oscar-nominated World War 1 thriller 1917 and he seems to be in complete awe. The actor, who joined on Twitter on February 3, considers 1917 the second best after Steven Spielberg’s epic war film Saving Private Ryan. Having watched 1917 at a Kolkata theatre, which has had a dream run this awards season with 10 Oscar nominations including ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Director (the Oscar ceremony is scheduled to be held on February 9 in Los Angeles) Anirban couldn’t hold his excitement. “2nd best to me after *saving Private Ryan* Do not miss the RUN,” he tweeted about 1917.
2nd best to me after *saving Private Ryan*
Do not miss the RUN pic.twitter.com/HBiZ5BQQfd
— Anirban Bhattacharya (@AnirbanSpeaketh) February 6, 2020
In fact, 1917 has won seven awards at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). It had nominations in nine categories and won awards for ‘Outstanding British Film’, ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Director’ (Sam Mendes).
1917 has previously won three awards at the Critics’ Choice Awards 2020 for ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Cinematographer’ and ‘Best Editing’. The film also won accolades at the 77th Golden Globes, with an award for ‘Best Picture in the Drama category’, and the ‘Best Director’s award for Sam Mendes.
Meanwhile, Srijit’s Dwityo Purush, which is in its week three, is going strong at the box office not only in Kolkata, but also in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. The filmmaker on Friday morning took to Twitter to share the news. “Relentless 3rd week including an unprecedented run in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore!,” he posted. In fact, the film netted Rs 2.5 crore within a week.
It is also interesting to observe that both Anirban and Srijit share almost same Twitter handles. So, if Srijit’s Twitter handle goes by the name @srijitspeaketh, Anirban tweets from the official handle @AnirbanSpeaketh. That’s some heavy inspiration from the maker with whom Anirban has done six films. A superhit director-actor combination, must say.