Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee’s films are meant for the entire family. As we have seen on many occasions, family members go in large numbers to watch their films in cinema halls. But things changed a bit since the pandemic struck hard. Since the elderly are not going to the halls like before and many are a bit hesitant, will this affect film release this year?
Despite the uncertainties, Shiboprosad assures their films will be released only in theatres. “We’ll release the films in theatres, despite the turnout. We don’t want to deprive those who are making all the efforts to come to theatres. We need to encourage them. The rest can watch the films in other mediums after the release,” the director told ETimes during an exclusive chat.
Going forward, will this make them think differently about the content in future? To this, Shiboprosad promptly shares: “We always try to think differently when it comes to content. There will be films with big stars and also with newcomers. The films will have to be good to draw the crowds.”
The year 2020 was a disaster for many industries. However, for Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad, creatively, they did a lot: “We returned on television with a non-fiction show and also shot many commercials. During the lockdown, there was not one free day as we came up with Lockdown Shorts at a time when there were not many other avenues of entertainment for the audience. Then, we had given a platform to the young brigade and they brought us laurels with both housefull shows and the IFFI selection. Also, we ventured into the web platform with a series.”
He also confirms the much-awaited ‘Bela Shuru’ will be released in the summer. “It is our last film with Soumitrada (Chatterjee). In March last year, we had organized a screening for him and Swatilekhadi (Sengupta), along with the real-life couple who inspired this story — Pabitra Chitto Nandi and Geeta Nandi. But the screening got canceled owing to the lockdown. Didi (Nandita Roy) and I will now have to live with this regret that we could not show the film to either Soumitrada or Pabitrada, as both passed away. Both were very keen to watch the film.”