Why Kanchenjungha? Did the inspiration come from the turmoil of a particular family with Darjeeling as the backdrop or the magic of Satyajit Ray that was woven, presenting the cluster of peaks that remain side by side, and yet are very different from each other? How different is Raajhorshee De’s ‘Abbar Kanchenjungha’ from Ray’s Kanchenjungha?
Raajhorshee has tried to weave a story of Darjeeling, Christmas and Kanchenjungha in his film paying homage to Satyajit Ray. Ray’s ‘Kanchenjungha’, the 1962 Bengali classic, which had the enriched cinematography of his trusted hand Subrata Mitra, was all about a Bengali family vacationing in Darjeeling and had captured the beauty of the hills.
“Since this year is the birth centenary of Satyajit Ray, our film is a direct tribute to the master. Abar Kanchanjhungha’ is a celebration of life.” The director shares with ETimes. Recently the first look poster of the film was dropped online and it has already created quite a lot of buzz.
“It’s a complete family film celebrating nostalgia, Bangaliana, Christmas celebrations in the enchanting location of Darjeeling with Kanchenjhungha as a background. I wanted to tell a story of a family that still believes in magic and miracles, still celebrates the nostalgia of being together, eating together and spending Christmas together. Films like Kanchenjungha, Utsab inspired me a lot to tell this story,” De added without divulging much about the story.
‘Abar Kanchanjhungha’ has an ensemble cast including Kaushik Sen, Saswata Chatterjee, Tnusree Chakraborty, Anindya Chatterjee, Rahul Arunoyday Banerjee, Bidipta Chakraborty and Padmanabha Dasgupta among others. The film will also see singer Rupankar Bagchi in a key role.
“I will try my best to retain the flavour of ‘Kanchenjungha’ in each and every frame,” the director said, while Saswata Chatterjee says he instantly liked the story as the way it has been scripted is great.