Upcoming Kolkata Bengali Film Auto No 9696 Stars Meet the Press; “A Film for the Masses and Classes” Assures Debutant Director Aritra Mukherjee


New Bengali Film Auto No 9696 Press Conference

What is common between Kelo, Uttam Kumar and Rajnikant? Puzzled? Confused? Then let me tell you that these three individuals have risen from humble backgrounds to stardom. The journey may not have been smooth but they have successfully made the transition. If you are wondering who is Kelo, then let me tell you that he is an auto rickshaw-driver by profession who dreams of becoming an actor and starring opposite his favorite heroine. Aritra Mukherjee’s debut film Auto No 9696 is where Kelo’s journey from the common layman to stardom will be shown. The press conference of the film was recently held at One Way Café.


Speaking with our correspondent, the director said “I come from an ad film making background. Hence it was easy for me to make a satirical comedy. When we make ad films, we hardly get more than thirty seconds time. So when I took the challenge of making a film, I knew I had more time in my hands and I could weave a story which will hopefully be liked by the audiences”.


The story of Auto No 9696 revolves around Kallol Das, who is more popular by his nick name Kelo. His only dream is to make it big in life and become an actor. He lives in the slums and is an auto-rickshaw driver by profession. His favorite actress is Juhi and he wants to star opposite her. Whether he is successful in the act or whether his dreams will eventually get shattered is what the film is all about.


“The auto is the first hero in this film while Arjun is the second hero” said actress Amrita with a smile. The actress will be seen playing the role of Chumki, a resident of the slum who is in love with Kelo. Chumki has an important role to play in Kelo’s journey, revealed the actress.

Music of the film is by Savvy and there are three songs in the film. The songs are mainly used in the background and they have been sung by Savvy, Satrajit and Upal.


The USP of the film, according to the director is that it will be liked by both the people who travel in autos and also by those who travel in big luxury cars. This is because the people who are now travelling in luxury cars also had to struggle in their initial days like Kelo.

The cinematography of the film has been handled by Supriyo Dutta while the art direction department has been handled by Amit Datta.


The film is slated for release on 5th June.

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