BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: For an ordinary retired man, life seems mundane. He suddenly thinks people don’t value him the way they used to; retirees may lose social connections or their sense of purpose in life. But then, there are those who feel re-energized and enjoy doing things they never thought they could. Director Avijit Sen’s Bengali film Tonic is a story of such a retired man who faced many ups and down in his life to fulfil his dream to celebrate his special day in a special way.
For Dev, Tonic is an adventure film. And the moment you get a glimpse of the poster, you know why the superstar said so. In the poster, Dev and Paran Bandopadhyay can be seen living the adrenaline-pumping life and doing river rafting. The expressions of the thrilling water activity can be seen on their face.
In fact, throughout the poster launch event all the actors maintained that the “true heroes of the film” are senior actors Bandopadhyay and Shakuntala Barua. Dev, who is also co-producer of Tonic alongside Atanu Raychaudhuri and Mr Pranab Kumar Guha on behalf of Bengal Talkies, showered praises on the veteran actors. “People would be amazed to see the kind of stunts Paran da has done in the film. And I am just blessed to have acted alongside an actress of calibre like Shakuntala di. Of course, when we do a film we want it to do well. But I am sure Tonic will be talked about for its mere subject,” said the Password actor.
— Dev (@idevadhikari) February 15, 2020
The poster of Tonic was launched at Nandan foyer, Kolkata recently in the presence of Sujan Mukhopadhyay, Tanusree Chakraborty and Koneenica Bandopadhyay. The film marks the debut of young director Avijit in Bengali cinema. Now, many might not be aware that Avijit is the man behind the success of Dance Bangla Dance. Before coming back to Kolkata, he has worked as an assistant to Rajkumar Hirani.
Interestingly, Avijit had approached Dev thrice before but the Golondaaz actor had refused every time. “Somehow, I didn’t connect to his stories. But then when I heard Tonic, I couldn’t believe it was Avijit who had written it,” said Dev, whose earlier release Sanjhbati is still running at Nandan.
For Avijit, this is of course one of the best moments of his life. Getting to work with veteran talents like Barua, Bandopadhyay, and superstar like Dev in his debut directorial is no less than living a dream.
Shakuntala got a bit emotional at the poster launch. The actress, who has done innumerable films in the 1980s and 1990s said, “There was a time when the audience saw a lot of my films. Then, there came a slump in my career. But just like a tonic cures a patient, I hope this film will act like a tonic in my career too,” said the Gurudakshina actress.
Tonic will hit the theatres on May 8.