Devdasis are those girls who dedicate their lives to the worship of a particular deity in a temple. Under this system, the girls had to live in the temples and dedicate their lives to the service of God. But with the passage of time, the system became corrupt and ill-practices crept in this system. This system later on became a means of sacred prostitution. Good looking young girls were forced to become Devdasis and serve the temple. But under this garb they were used as prostitutes. It is the malice of this Indian Devdasi System that the film “Aranyer Itikotha” aims to bring to the fore. The press conference of this upcoming film took place recently at the Press Club. Present at this press conference were Dipankar Dey, Paran Bandopadhyay, Santana Basu, Sriradha Bandopadhyay, Kaushik and Jinia.
This new film is about a journalist (Played by Kaushik) who is assigned with the task of covering news on Devdasis, a traditional age old system which is now on the verge of extinction. It is during this assignment that the journalist comes to know about the dark side of the system. Lower cast girls were compelled to marry the deities and some men from the upper cast sections used to exploit them for sexual gratification. It is very easy to exploit the people on the issue of religion. Whether the journalist is able to bring to light the lust of the upper class people to light is what the story of this new Bengali Movie deals with.
Speaking on the occasion, Paran Bandopadhyay said “This is an interesting topic to work on and the story is the sole reason why I said yes to this film. Showing the evil side of the tradition lures me as an actor”.
The music of this film has been composed by Kaushik Chakraborty. The lyrics of this Bengali film have been penned by Sri Tulsi Dasji, Sukumar Mitra, Sriradha Bandopadhyay and there is also a song of Rabindranath Tagore.
Jinia, who plays the role of the Devdasi in the film, cast a pretty picture in a red sari and matching gold jewelry. “This role is challenging as I had to do a lot of research on the Devdasis to get my acting right. I hope my acting is appreciated by the audience”.
The story has been directed by Anagh Ranjan Pashi and the choreography has been done by Sumedha Sengupta.
The film Aranyer Itikotha has an interesting storyline and the audience will have to wait to see whether it turns out to be an interesting film as promised.