Tollywood is eagerly waiting for the Mega film of the year “Jatiswar” as some of the big names of the Bengali film industry are associated with the project. As we know by now this film is director Srijit Mukherji’s dream venture and this time he has chosen such a delicate subject, which is intensely intimate to all Bengali’s. The film is a musically romantic fiction, set in 2013 and is indirectly based on the classic history of poet-musician Anthony Firingee. The story also has a tinge of reincarnation skillfully woven into the thematic plot. According to sources from the industry, Jatiswar is possibly a remake of the iconic 1967 Bengali classic cinema, which featured Uttam Kumar and Tanuja in lead roles. Srijit Mukherji has got a unique style of crafting a cinema and believes in the theory of ‘film within a film”, a style which he has mastered right from his first feature film “Autograph”, which had Satyajit Ray’s “Nayak ‘ was subtly represented onscreen as a sub plot to the main story of Autograph. Similarly in Jatiswar also, Srijit executed the same method and blended a new-age love story with a premium quality vintage classic.
The romantic tale of Anthony Firingi and his Bengali – Hindu wife is already creating positive waves in the cultural arena of Bengal with a very popular drama, named “Antony –Soudamini” (produced by Purba Paschim), featuring theatre stalwarts like Gargi Roychowdhury & Rajat Gangopadhyay. After this hugely popular onstage production, now educated urban Bengali audiences are earnestly counting days to see this romantic saga onscreen. Prasenjit Chatterjee is also very excited to enact such an iconic character, which holds such an empathic impact in Bengal’s cultural heritage, especially in Bengal’s country music. And when an iconic figure like Kabir Suman has composed the music for “Jaatishshor” and Indraadip Dasgupta is acting as his deputy, the expectations of the Bengali music lovers are heightening up like shooting rocket.
We visited the location right on the 33rd day of the shoot at Nazrul Mancha, located near Rabindra Sarobar stadium. It was a musical sequence and was also the climax scene of the movie. Jisshu Sengupta, who is playing a modern age musician in the movie, was seen playing a guitar on the stage. Jisshu also had Kabir Suman alongside him onstage, playing his own trademark guitar. The song which was being shot was “E kemon kanna jokhon tumi amay ador koro”. Stage was full with 12 band musicians. They were playing violin, flute, Celo & other musical instruments. Prosnejit Chatterjee along with his better half Arpita and their sweet son Trishanjit also visited the shooting spot to celebrate the completion of the shooting. The film also features Swastika Mukherjee, Rahul Banerjee and Kharaj Mukherjee as “Bhola Moiraa”.
Report By: Pratik Banerjee