ANINDITA ACHARYA, Kolkata: His mornings are no longer the same. It doesn’t start with him strumming the guitar these days. On television, most of the time, Jeet Gannguli and his wife Chandrani watch in silence as Maharashtra coronavirus cases take the lead in India. Today, a third COVID-19 positive case has emerged from Dharavi, Asia’s biggest slum, taking Maharashtra’s count to 336 with 16 deaths. Mumbai has also emerged as a hotspot for coronavirus.
No, the Hamari Adhuri Kahani and Rustom music director is not in a mood to create music during the lockdown or a song on the deadly coronavirus. Rather his heart goes out to the families of those daily earners and cine technicians who have been impacted the most because of the lockdown. “I spend most of the day talking to people over phone, it is not the time to make music… A lot of people are asking me if I will make a song on coronavirus. How can I? It’s a pandemic, which has taken away so many lives… how can I make music at this time,” says the Sadak 2 music composer.
In order to fight against COVID-19, Jeet has pledged his donations of Rs 1 lakh to West Bengal chief minister emergency relief fund and Rs 1 lakh to Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India to help the daily wage workers.
“In this crisis, the amount doesn’t matter. A small amount of Rs 20, Rs 50 or Rs 1, Rs 2 can make a huge difference if a number of people come forward. I would request more and more people to come forward and donate in whatever ways possible,” says music composer Jeet Gannguli.
Amid this lockdown, Jeet is peeved that people are breaking the lockdown rules and are still not serious about the coronavirus spread. He is particularly shocked with the reactions of some people of the so-called educated society.
“The situation of Maharashtra is grim. There’s panic here especially after positive cases have been found in Dharavi. Yet, there are people who are not obeying the directives of the government. Tell me, what is the necessary to go for jogging now? We don’t have a vaccination for coronavirus. The government and police are going out of their way to promote safety and health measures, but we are not ready to listen. Unfortunately, there’s only one way of staying away from coronavirus and i.e. stay at home, maintain social distance. We keep blaming the government for everything, but let’s behave responsibly and take care of each other,” says Jeet Gannguli.
Though Jeet is based out of Mumbai, he occasionally flies down to Kolkata for the shooting of Bengali reality show Super Singer. Also, since he started his career in Kolkata, the city and the Bengali film industry will always remain closest to his heart. It’s his birth place too. So, once the lockdown gets over and life gets back to normalcy, Bengali films will slowly return to the theatres. But then there will naturally be a deluge of films waiting for release and during that time, the Bengali producers and directors should sit together and discuss within themselves and space out the release dates.
“Today, the daily wage workers are the worst sufferers due to the lockdown. But once shooting starts, we will have film, serial and web series productions, so there will be work. But the producers and directors need to decide together on the release date of films. Already the Bengali industry has suffered huge losses, so this time, we need to be extremely cautious and supportive of each other,” says Jeet, who changed the music scenario of Bengali film music.