BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Endless adda at tea stalls, jam-packed stadiums witnessing arch rivals East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan matches, gully cricket on Sundays, dhunuchi naach, Durga Puja and much more define West Bengal. But then COVID-19 has brought our life to a standstill. We are locked inside our homes today. And we need to stay at home and ensure others stay too.
Now, we do not deny that the lockdown has instilled in us fear about our lives, and family, apprehension about our future and livelihood. All this is perfectly justified. But then, there is always hope. And as Ada Adams has said, “There is a light at the end of every tunnel. Some tunnels just happen to be longer than others.”
Director Raj Chakraborty along with a bunch of Bengali film stars, music director Arindom and lyricist Prasen have come up with an energetic and inspiring music video Ei Bangla Aamar Hashbe Abar during the time when we are fighting with COVID-19.
The multi-starrer video starts with the drone shots of the iconic Shaheed Minar, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial and then actors Jisshu Sengupta, Abir Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Ritwick Chakraborty, Anirban Bhattacharya, Bonny Sengupta, Ankush coming together and singing Dekhe nio thik sere jaabe shob, kete jaabe bhoy sabar. Soon the girls brigade — Subhashree Ganguly, Srabanti Chatterjee, Paoli Dam, Nusrat Jahan and Sayantika Banerjee also join in to celebrate the song Ei Bangla Aamar Hashbe Abar. While Paoli shot her own scene in front of The Beatles, Srabanti was seen using the sanitiser and Subhashree was showing a placard with ‘Stay Home’ written on it. Parambrata was seen playing the guitar, which we have been a witness to during the quarantine on social media, and Jisshu was on the drums. Anirban, Bonny and Ritwick were on the terrace shooting for the music video. The video ends with the chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee telling us to use masks, if possible homemade masks, and to stay at home. She says that we will win the battle against coronavirus.
“When I heard the lyrics, I knew I have to create something which will leave a hopeful message among the people. I have created the theme song for ATK and East Bengal, so I wanted to keep the energy of the song alive,” says Arindom.
Singers Shashwat Singh and Nikhita Gandhi have recorded the song at their home. Suvam Moitra has done the mixing and mastering at his place. Rick Basu was in-charge of the edit and design of the video.
Meanwhile, Raj is happy that people are appreciating the multi-starrer video.
When we decided to do the video, the first task was to record the music. So, the moment Arindom was done composing the song, I spoke to my friends in the film industry. After I had sent them song, they understood the kind of energy that was required. I first recorded Subhashree’s clip and it was sent as a reference shot. We are in this profession for a number of years now, so we all know how to take shots. Also, we have become masters of taking selfies. I had given them a brief about the video. The lyrics and music gelled well and I am glad people are liking it,” said director Raj Chakraborty.
Meanwhile, whatever proceeds will be generated from the music video will go to chief minister relief fund in the fight against COVID-19. “Whatever amount that we’ll recieve from the monetization of the MV on @YouTubeIndia @Facebook We will be donating to the #chiefministersrelieffundcovid19 @MamataOfficial,” Raj tweeted.
In fact, Raj’s social media wall is flooded with congratulatory messages. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to appreciate the music video.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) April 20, 2020
Dev also congratulated Raj and urged all to stay at home.
অসাধারণ এক প্রচেষ্টা, খুব সুন্দর হয়েছে @iamrajchoco , আমাদের তরফ থেকে আপনাদের সকলের কাছে একটাই অনুরোধ দয়া করে বাড়িতে থাকুন এবং সুরক্ষিত থাকুন । খুব শীঘ্রই এই পরিস্থিতি কেটে গিয়ে আমাদের এই বাংলা হাসবে আবার । #Ei_Bangla_Amar_Hasbe_Abar #StayHomeStaySafe https://t.co/XAonyJnKC1
— Dev (@idevadhikari) April 20, 2020
Rukmini Maitra, who acted in Arindam Sil’s Jhar Themey Jaabe, a short film on COVID-19, wrote, “This is so feel good Raj da!.”
Arindam Sil posted, “Well done Raj and everyone who have participated in the song. It surely lift up the spirit. We shall overcome. Lovely initiative.”
Director Birsa Dasgupta posted, “Darun @iamrajchoco Such warmth! Love to my beautiful friends.”