BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: A lot of us who are in home quarantine these days, might have thought at times, what if the global coronavirus pandemic was all a fairy tale. An imaginary crisis, where nothing exactly happened — almost like a movie, which we watch for two hours, believe in the fantasy world created by the makers and come back to the realty. But then, life is unpredictable and today as the world struggles with COVID-19, everything seems redundant in front of it.
So, the makers of a Bengali fairy tale based on two stories of Dakhinaranjan Mitra Majumdar — Hobu Chandra Raja and Sarkarer Chhele — have decided not to release their film Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri amid the nationwide COVID-19 crisi. The Bengali film, directed by Aniket Chattopadhyay, was supposed to hit the theatres on May 1. The new release date will be announced when situation gets back to normal.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Dev took to social media to announce the postponement of the release of Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri till further notice. He also released an animation video which has a social message regarding COVID-19. Earlier, too, his production house had unveiled an animation video of Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri to spread awareness regarding social distancing.
বর্তমান এই কঠিন পরিস্থিতিতে করোনা ভাইরাসের জন্য আমরা “হবুচন্দ্র রাজা গবুচন্দ্র মন্ত্রী”- র মুক্তি স্থগিত রাখছি। আপনারা সবাই সুস্থ এবং সুরক্ষিত থাকুন,শীঘ্রই আমরা এই পরিস্থিতি সামলে বেরিয়ে আসবো এবং আপনাদের সকলকে নিয়ে যাবো রূপকথার রাজ্যে।@DEV_PvtLtd#HCRGCM #ComingSoon pic.twitter.com/EBYo2ZoLyn
— Dev (@idevadhikari) April 6, 2020
In fact, the superstar Dev, also the producer of the film, feels it’s not the time to discuss films, especially when people are combating with the disease, livelihood are at stake and economy is crashing.
On May 8, his another production Tonic, which marks the debut of young Bengali filmmaker Avijit Sen, was supposed to release. Though there’s a talk in the industry that the film has been pushed to December, when we asked Dev, he said, “We haven’t decided on the release of Tonic still. Let’s see what happens with the lockdown. Then, we will decide.”
Director Aniket, who is in Bolpur amid lockdown, had been working on Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri since January 2019. But the filmmaker isn’t upset that the released has been indefinitely pushed back. “What would do you do in this kind of a crisis? And it’s just a film? At this moment, we should tackle the crisis at hand,” he said.
In Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri, Saswata Chatterjee will be seen as the king of Bombagarh, Arpita as his queen and Kharaj as the minister Gobuchandra.