Seven Bengali films to vie for audience attention this Puja
Kolkata: Seven Bengali films are releasing this Durga Puja, the biggest festival of West Bengal, when people also watch films and theatre shows apart from pandal hopping.
Of the seven films Srijit Mukherjee's 'Yeti Obhijaan', Anjan Dutt's Byomkesh O Agniban, Dev's 'Cockpit', Anindya Chatterjee's 'Prajapati Biscuit', Raj Chakrabarty's 'Bolo Dugga Maiki', Swapan Saha's 'Sera Bangali' are releasing on Friday.
Mainak Bhowmik's 'Chalachitro Circus' will be releasing on the day of Maha Saptami, the first day of the Puja, next week.
Asked if the audience will be able to watch all the films and whether simultaneous releases will not eat into one another's revenue, Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee told said, "each and every film will have its own place."
"And I also know Kakababu and Santu (two principal characters in Yeti Obhijaan) will have its own space." Prosenjit essays the role of adventurer Kakababu in 'Yeti Obhijaan'.
Actor-MP and producer of 'Cockpit', Dev said, "I wish all the Bengali films would not have aimed at Puja release and timed for other dates, but let me say all the seven films, representing different genres, will have their audience.
Ultimately that will help the industry."
"Everyone in this industry wants all the films do well.
But I will ask every member of audience to make 'Cockpit' on the top of his wish list and then watch the other films one by one," Dev said.
Bengali film star and hero of 'Bolo Dugga Maiki', Ankush said, "so many films with good content are being released this Puja. I think people will find it the perfect time to watch Bengali movies as this is the time to go back to their roots and be proud of 'Bangaliana' (Bengaliness). Asked about his puja release coinciding with other films, Director Mainak said, "my movie is my baby, and I don't want to share my baby's birthday party with that of another baby.