BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The impact of deadly coronavirus has been far and wide. It has infected 122 countries, nearly 276, 462 people are confirmed COVID-19 positive in the entire world and in India, now the figure stands at 258. We have already lost four souls to the deadly virus and Mumbai has announced a partial lockdown. On Saturday, the West Bengal government has postponed the Higher Secondary examinations till April 15. So, this virus is the worst thing that has happened to mankind after the World War II.
Of course, in this atmosphere, cinemas halls have been shut down and release of films have been shifted. Back home, director Shieladitya Moulik had even started the promotion of his new Bengali film Hridpindo starring Arpita Chatterjee, Shaheb Chatterjee, and Prantik. The film was supposed to hit the theatres on April 24 and the makers had already started promoting the music by Ranajoy Bhattacharya (of Sweater). But due to coronavirus, the makers had to postpone the release of the film. However, Shieladitya informed us that he will release Hridpindo before August if situation improves. “Till April 15, we have kept on ground promotions on hold. We will wait and watch how the coming weeks turn up and then we will take a call. But we won’t push it much so that people forget about the songs. The songs have been liked by the audiences. We will try to release it before August if the situation improves,” said the director, who made his Tollywood debut with Sweater.
Same is the case with Arjun Dutta’s second Bengali directorial Guldasta. The film, starring Arpita Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee and Debjani Chatterjee, which was simultaneously releasing alongside Hridpindo has been pushed back. In an official statement, the producers said, “With the due observation to the current scenario of COVID-19 , we decided to postpone the release of “Guldasta” which is supposed to be on 24th April 2020.
I request all our team member and associates to inform the same to necessary people and departments.
We will keep you posted any further announcement on release of “Guldasta” date after 3rd April 2020, till then all outdoor related promotion & activity is CANCELLED. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, & Maintain distance. Thanks & Regards, Ankit Das. Roop Production & Entertainment.”
Arjunn, whose debut Bengali film Abyakto found a lot of appreciation from audiences and critics alike, however, isn’t sure when he can release Guldasta given the coronavirus outbreak in the country. “We are closely monitoring the situation. We will wait till March 31 before to decide on the next release date. The country is passing through its toughest phase and we must all be together,” said the director, who was shooting his third film Shrimati when coronavirus entered India.
Meanwhile, Raj Chakraborty has already announced that his April release Dharmajuddha has been postponed. Also, as a precautionary measure, the shooting of all films, TV serials and web series have been closed till March 31. The date can be extended till April 15 if the need be.