Director Partha Sarathi Joarder is busy giving the finishing touches to his Upcoming Bengali Film Amar Prithibi that has some of Tollywood’s most talented actors and in between chatted up with Sholoana Bangaliana revealing some bits of what to expect from this film. Excerpts….
Sholoana Bangaliana: You are ready with your next Bengali film Amar Prithibi that is releasing on September 25. Please enlighten us about the basic premise of the film.
Directoir Partha Sarathi Joarder: This film basically has three distinctive themes and subplots. An un-educated village girl and her mother’s fight to uphold their self-esteem, a village born but city dwelling doctor’s perspective of village life and the sacrifices that villagers make for their everyday survival form the basic premise of this film.
You seem to have roped in an impressive list of actors in this film. Can you tell us more about the actors and their characters?
Bhaswar Chatterjee is the protagonist and he plays the role of a successful doctor who is eager to get back to his roots in the village where he was born.
Sonali Chowdhury is Bhaswar’s city bred wife. Also, though not really an antagonist she has shades of grey in the film.
Monami Ghosh plays the role of a village girl.
Apart from these young actors there are veterans like Soumitra Chatterjee, Biswajit Chakraborty, Krishnakishore Mukherjee, Sreel aMajumdar and such others in pivotal roles.
What kinds of songs have been used in this film and do the songs reflect the central theme of the film?
There are two songs; one Rabindra Sangeet Aguner Poroshmoni and another song which actually reflects a city dweller’s perspective of villages. Music composer Sanchaita, who had also composed the songs for my previous films, has composed the music for Amar Prithibi too and I am quite confident that the audience will like the songs.
Though you have some of the most talented actors of the Bengali film industry in your film, would you like to mention any one particular actor’s performance that you feel people should be on the watch out for?
Yes certainly! While Mr. Soumitra Chatterjee is certainly above and beyond any comments and judgments, Bhaswar’s performance is something that people should watch out for. In fact, I feel that he will even get an award for his performance in this film in some or the other platform.
Another actor by the name of Swarnshekhar also needs to be commended for his performance. Though, he has played a very small part in the film, he has performed extremely well.
Who all have been cast in the negative roles in this film?
This film does not have the conventional antagonist and protagonist as such. With this film I am leaving it unto the audiences to label the characters as negative or positive if they choose to. Here, it is all about people’s perspective and while a character may seem negative, on carefully analyzing the underlying cause of his/her behavior, opinions may change.
What was the most enjoyable or memorable experience that you had while shooting this film?
Well, every moment was enjoyable. In fact, every day was a picnic for all of us. We extensively shot the film in Taki and during our stay there, watching Bangladesh from this side of the river was absolutely thrilling.
So how would you place this film? Do you think this film will actually appeal to the multiplex going crowd?
Now liking or not liking the film is something that I have to leave to the audience. But what I can confidently say is that if city dwellers want to see snippets of village life and connect with the roots of Bengal, this film is a must watch. Also, it is very much an urbane film as the urban population will get to see a slice of village life in this film and that too from their very own perspective.
So what would you say is the USP of this film? More than USP, what is the entertainment factor that people will get to see in this upcoming Bengali film?
The film’s story is its USP. There is really no masala per say! We are also sending this film to International film festivals and I am confident that with Amar Prithibi, the world will get to closely see the Bengali way of life.
What is your message to the Bengali cine goers?
If you want to watch good cinema, Amar Prithibi is the film to watch. So, catch the film in theaters near you as it releases on September 25 and if it appeals to you, don’t forget to recommend the same to your friends.
Director Partha Sarathi Joarder seems to have spun a great tale of life and relationships on screen with the upcoming Bengali Film Amar Prithibi and we sincerely wish that the team’s efforts are appreciated by the audience in Bengal as well as the world over.