Video: Team Pink in Conversation With Kunal Basu at TSKLM 2017
Team Pink consisting of director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Andrea Tariang, Ritesh Shah was engaged in a conversation with author Kunal Basu at Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2017. The session was titled Pink and the power of No.
While speaking about the film, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury said “When I decided to make the film in Bengali, Shoojit asked me to make it in Hindi so that it could reach out to a wider audience. Many people ask me why I made this film. The main aim of making this film was to showcase the societal ideas about women. I saw this everyday and being a film maker, I thought this will be the best way to vent out my frustrations”.
Andrea Tariang who had initially thought that she will not do the film, later changed her mind. “I auditioned for the film nevertheless. The fact that the director allowed me to be my own self on the sets was a great help. Added to that is the fact that the character’s name was Andrea helped me to enact this role easily” said the actress.
Ritesh Shah explained that it was the story that the director told him which actually made him to say yes to this film. “This is a different story and where the others felt that this is not a big deal, I felt that this will be challenging and hence I said yes to the film” said Ritesh Shah.
The session brought to light important aspects of today’s society and how women are judged by the society.
“PINK should have been made ten years ago but there is an element called destiny. It was destined that it will be made now. And lo!! It was made. But the fact is it has been made and a step has been taken in the direction, which is important. That must be appreciated” said Amitabh Bachchan at the press conference of the Bollywood film PINK. Big B was in Kolkata along with co-actors Taapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi, creative producer Shoojit Sircar and director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury.
“The color Pink ironically has always been associated with girls. Girl’s dresses must be pink while that of /boys must be blue. Who has laid down the rules for this thing? Next when a girl is growing up, she will be given miniature cooking utensils and the boys will be given cars and guns to play with. The discrimination starts in our society very early. But a woman can ride horses or even drive fast cars. Even the women athletes have performed so brilliantly and also better than the male athletes at Rio Olympics and also at the Paralympics” said Big B.
He also said “There are things changing and many more shackles will be broken from one generation to another. When I used to act earlier, the number of women on the sets was limited only to the heroine. She was accompanied by her mother or the chaperone. But now 75 percent of the workforce on a film’s set are women!! Young girls are taking care of all departments that were earlier handled exclusively by men. Even influential leaders in our country today are women like Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalitha. PINK cannot be described therefore. ‘No’ has also found acceptance among the audience. It is not a word but a sentence in itself”.
The mask that Big B wears in the film was introduced to him by his son Abhishek. “When you wear the mask, you cannot breathe easily. You find it hard to breathe. This leads to exercising your lungs. Long distance runners use this to increase lung strength. I had this with me one day and Shoojit asked me to use this in the film” revealed Big B.
Shoojit Sircar gave some information about rights that many women were not even aware of. “The rule is that if any woman feels that her rights have been violated, she can go to any police station at midnight or on a national holiday and she will be heard and her FIR will be registered. If the person is from outside Kolkata, then she can use the system of Zero FIR. Still they are figuring on using this technique in the best way possible. They will be using the film to promote Zero FIR”.
The ladies in Big B’s family are presently out of the country and hence they could not watch the film as yet. But once they return Big B mentioned that he will surely take them to watch the film. The only family member to have watched the film is his son Abhishek Bachchan. “He found the film to be incredible. I shared an audience’s message with him and he was happy that what he said is also the reaction of the audiences too. I think that the ladies in my family will have a similar reaction to the film like the other women in our country” revealed Big B.
Taapsee Pannu said “The film was so stressful mentally that I went on a weeklong break after it got completed. I did not have a single light moment during the shooting of the film. A lot of mental work went in to portray the fact that I was first the victim and then I became the survivor. It was very grueling. However, we did not have many retakes which was immensely helpful”.
Angad Bedi who plays the role of Rajveer in the film said “I used to feel so horrible when the girls used to cry in the court room scenes. I felt like giving them a hug. But Shoojit da did not allow that as he said that my character in the film is not like that. Rajveer was a staunch believer in a certain feudal system and I had to stick to that”.
PINK is surely not a color anymore. It has become a color of strength and empowerment. So if you have not watched Pink yet, do watch it along with the ladies in your house!! It is a film that deserves to be watched!!
With the idea of short films fast gaining acceptance among the audiences, film makers are now aggressively making short films for the viewers. Director Samiran also took the plunge in this field and made a short film titled Waiting Room. The screening of the film took place at Gallery Gold in the august presence of actress Locket Chatterjee and singer Sidhu.
Waiting room is director Samiran’s second venture after Rashbihari More. The film Waiting Room is about two lovers Shreejon and Shree. They fall in love only to be separated by the political violence of the period. What happens next is what the film all about. Written by Shilpi Jagani, the music of the film has been composed by Mayuk-Mainak. Singer Anwesha has lent her voice to the songs in the short film.
“Samiran is a dear friend and I am glad he is continuing with making short films. Today people want films to be short and precise so that they do not take much time. In such a scenario, making of short films is a boon for the audience. With Sujoy Ghosh and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury also venturing into the short film genre, it will give a boost to many aspiring short film makers” said actress Locket Chatterjee.
Sidhu also highlighted that short film making is on the rise. “Telling a story within a small time frame is challenging and this will be indeed motivating for film makers” said the singer.
The half an hour short film got positive appreciation from both the celebrities and the audiences alike, thereby inspiring the director to make such films in the near future.
After the great success of Sujoy Ghosh’s Ahalya and the positive critical reviews from the audience and the critics alike, another director namely two time National Award winner Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury will be testing this short film ground with his film Debi.
Debi is about Anuradha, the daughter of the Basu Chowdhury family of Kolkata, who once again stepped inside the age-old mansion after she left this familiar world of her girlhood and moved overseas with the love of her life against strong family opposition. Today, Anuradha is going through a plethora of memories as she returns to her roots amidst the joy and mirth of Durga Puja festivities after twenty years. However, this homecoming of Anuradha’s is very special since she is accompanied by her daughter Lali – for whom this is not just homecoming but a journey of discovery, love and searching for one’s own roots through the gastronomical route against the festive backdrop of Durga Puja. This home-coming gets two different dimensions for the mother-daughter duo as the surrounding gets soaked in the festive mood of Durga Puja.
“Debi” is Aniruddha’s first internet venture of 13minutes and boasts of a stellar cast like Ananya Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Kaushik Banerjee, Monali Thakur. Noted singer Anupam Roy, has composed the film’s music as well as lent his voice too and Srijato has penned the lyrics for “Debi”. Acclaimed cinematographer Ranjan Palit is the director of photography in this film, while the screenplay is by Shyamal Sengupta.
To be released on the digital platform, “Debi” is produced by Opus Communications and presented by Emami Healthy & Tasty, a popular edible oil brand from the house of Emami Group. The film is shot in the heritage backdrop of the Lahabari and the old lanes and by lanes of North Kolkata.
Speaking about the film, Mr. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, director of Debi, said, “Capturing the audience interest within a span of few minutes while narrating a complete story is challenging for any filmmaker. Through laptops, tablets, smart phones, this is a great opportunity to enter into the very “me-time” of a viewer while he or she is surfing the net at work or leisure or getting connected through a smart devices while on transit.”
Debi is going to be released on the 10th of October, 2015. The film can also be viewed on YouTube.
Standing with Nepal is a fund raising concert which will rebuild the destroyed village Bhaktapur, situated in the east corner of Kathmandu, 13kilometer away from the city capital. The press conference to announce the concert was held at International Club in the presence of Pandit Tanmoy Bose, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Indranil Sen, Maitrayee Ray (Hon. PRR of Nepal Tourism Board) and others.
Initiated by Committee on Kolkata for Nepal, FREED (NGO) and My Club, Standing with Nepal will feature eminent artists like Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Kavita Krishnamurti, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Ustad Rashid Khan, Babul Supriyo, Anushesh Anandil, Akriti Kakkar, Indranil Sen, Suha Khan, Violin Brothers, Pandit Tanmoy Bose performing at the concert.
Speaking at the occasion, Maitrayee Ray said “I know people in India are now scared to go to Nepal after the devastating earthquake. But let me tell you that not all places in Nepal have been destroyed or harmed. Nepal thrives on tourism and people visiting the country as tourists will help Nepal financially too. This initiative is a great one and I am glad Pandit Tanmoy Bose and the other dignitaries have thought of such a noble idea”.
On the day of the concert, the amount that will be collected will be handed over to Shri Chandra Kumar Ghimre, Consulate General of Nepal.
Pandit Tanmoy Bose who had once gone to Nepal during his school days became nostalgic on the occasion. He said “Nepal is such a beautiful country and the people are so warm and cordial. The tragedy that struck them is unfortunate and we must do our bit to help them out of the tragedy”.
Make sure you head to the concert not only to enjoy the music, but also to do your bit for the people of Nepal. Be Human!!