ANINDITA ACHARYA, Kolkata: For any filmmaker in Bengal, it is a dream come true moment if Prosenjit Chatterjee acts in his/her debut directorial. And what if the superstar of Bengali cinema himself approaches the young maker and asks him to think seriously about getting into direction. Well, then you just know, you have done something really special to deserve this.
Prosenjit was impressed when he saw Chandrasish Ray’s short film Dugga, which was selected at the Indian Panorama at 48th International Film Festival of India. On the set of Kaushik Ganguly’s Kishore Kumar Junior, Chandrasish, who was then an assistant director, Prosenjit asked him to think seriously if he wanted to become a filmmaker. Well, Chandrasish always wanted to. He never imagined that Prosenjit would ever ask him to write a script for him. And that is how Nirontor was born.
Today, at 3 pm on Zee Bangla, Chandrasish’s debut Bengali feature film, Nirontor, will have its world premiere. It is also streaming on Zee5. “I was completely in a shock when Bumba da (as Prosenjit is lovingly called in the film industry) told me to write a script. We were on the set of Kishore Kumar Junior then in Rajasthan. He told me that he would discuss once we are back to Kolkata,” said Chandrasish.
So, Nirontor is about Biplab (Prosenjit), a middle-aged civil engineer, and his young project assistant Bhaskar (Satyam Bhattacharya) who have been assigned the responsibility of hunting a location for a new resort in an exotic, remote mountain range. They have been detached from the rest of the world with no network . Two men with vastly different personalities remain cocooned for a while but slowly develop a bonding where they reveal their “selves” and start shedding layers.
Chandrasish, who joined Ganguly as an observer on the set of Rang Milanti (2011) and worked with him till his last film as an assistant director, wanted to find how not to miss out on the simple joys of life in the vast achievements. “It’s a simple film,” he said.
Now, any director especially a debutant, would dream to screen his film at the theatre. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, all theatres are shut and films are directly being released on OTT. But is Chandrasish a tad bit disappointed? To this, he replied enthusiastically, “No, in fact, I am excited that my film is getting released during the pandemic. Bumba da is the best actor and producer I could have ever got in my debut project. And OTT is the biggest source of entertainment now. The film is having a world premiere on TV (Zee Bangla) and OTT (Zee5), which is a double bonus for us. I could’t be happier,” he said. Well, Prosenjit Chatterjee told us that even if for a few days after the theatres open, he will try to release Nirontor at the theatres. Now, that’s happy news.