BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: We all have heard it. It’s for our own good. As long as we are locked inside the house, we are safe from coronavirus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his nation’s address has announced the 21-day country lockdown. It’s tough but we have to make it a success. Remember, what he said. “Social distancing is the only way to fight the virus. It is for every citizen, every family, every member, even for the Prime Minister,” said Modi.
So, in this time of crisis, don’t brood. Of course, you will feel frustrated… 21 days is a long time. Play some indoors games, spend time with family and watch films and web series. Just like you are working from home, you have to adapt to “watching from home” concept too since the theatres are shut down. So, to lighten our moods Hoichoi is digitally premiering a number of Bengali films. Didn’t you just recently watch National Award-winning filmmaker Srijit Mukherji’s superhit film thriller Dwitiyo Purush?
One can watch the enticing Rahasya Romancha Series 2 starring Rudranil Ghosh, Rajdeep Gupta, Saoli Chattopadhyay, Kharaj Mukherjee. Then, how can you miss Professor Shanku – Satyajit Ray’s iconic creation. The Sandip Ray film — Professor Shanku O El Dorado — is the perfect one to watch with family, especially at a time when we are all in home quarantine. Come March 26 and Ekattor will start streaming. Now, as the name suggests, it is about the fight for the Independence of Bangladesh.
Next up on the anvil is the hit Kontho from the blockbuster director duo Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay-Nandita Roy. With Shiboprosad, Paoli Dam and Jaya Ahsan in the lead, the film had a 100 days box-office run. Don’t miss this in April.
On March 30, Pratim D Gupta returns with a unique love story, Love Aaj Kal Porshu, starring newcomer Madhumita and the flamboyant Arjun Chakraborty along with Paoli Dam in a never-seen-before-avatar. With so much virus around, we do need a bit of love.
Tansener Tanpura, a Hoichoi oroginal series, has Vikram Chatterjee in the lead. Now, this in itself is a reason enough for the girls to watch it in April. It’s a music-related treasure-hunt series.
And the parents should make the kids watch Anindya Chattopadhyay’s Manojder Adbhut Bari, which will have its digital premiere in April. If you haven’t read Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s book yet, then utilise this home quarantine and read it.
When asked Vishnu Mohta, co-founder of Hoichoi, on the traffic flowing in from different countries, he said, “Apart from West Bengal, Hoichoi enjoys strong traffic and consumption from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad with Bangalore and Delhi being no. 2 and no. 3 in terms of overall volume of traffic.”