Director Paramita Munsi who has been working for twelve long years in the role of a script writer finally made her foray into directing films. After having directed a short film titled The Last Tram, she is presently busy with the shooting of her debut film Guha Manob. An exclusive chat with the debutant director….
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- You have been in this field for the last twelve years. When did you decide to actually turn director?
Paramita Munsi- The decision was nothing sudden. I have been working as a script writer for the last twelve years. I have worked in various mega serials, written film scripts and shows. After having garnered enough experience, I thought that why not make a film. I have worked for others for so long. Now is my time to make a film. I made the short film first and now I am shooting for my debut film, Guha Manob.
Why did you actually select this story Guha Manob written by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay for your debut film?
Paramita Munsi- Look I will be very honest with you. This is my debut film and making a film on a literary story is a very safe game. Apart from this fact, I personally connect with humor of Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay. He is one of the few writers whose writings have developed my sense of humor much. He can write Gosaibaganer Bhoot and the same person can also write Guha Manob. He can write on diverse topics which I find very attractive about his writing.
Apart from when I read the story in 1996 in Sharod Sonkha, I found that this story had cinematic elements. I also heard later that late director Rituparno Ghosh had also wanted to make a film on this story with Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu in the lead roles. The relationship drama that this story has attracted me very much and I could not find a better story for my debut film.
You mentioned that a literary story is a safe bet for a new film maker. Are you hinting at the fact that this will ensure you will get a producer easily?
Paramita Munsi- I actually had got the producer way before. However, why I mentioned safe game is because you have to be successful in the debut film so that you can continue to make films and also get producers to fund them. Making a straight house is easier than making a complicated house during the initial stages. You also need to return the money back to the producer after the film releases. I need to get into the system with my first film. Then I can think of making films on more complicated issues. So taking all this into consideration making a film on a literary story is a safe and reliable process.
How is the experience of working with the cast, especially Chiranjeet Chakraborty?
Paramita Munsi- All the cast members have been extremely supportive. Kanchana is a dear friend but I keep scolding her in front of everyone. You may say I am very strict. Even Kanchana says so (laughs). I have worked with Dipak da (Chiranjeet Chakraborty) in my short film The Last Tram too. He is a wonderful actor and a great human being. Apart from being an actor, he has directed films too. Hence, he often helps me out and gives valuable advices too.
The music of the film is by Kabir Suman, right?
Paramita Munsi- Yes, he has composed the music for this film. He also did the music for my short film. I have always believed that his album Tomake Chai had a great impact on the way I listen to music. I also call him “my second father”. I share a great working experience with him.
With a great story and a stellar cast, Guha Manob looks like a promising project. We wish debutant director Paramita Munsi all the very best for her first film!!
Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.