As Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee’s film ‘Gotro’ clocks one year, Shiboprosad feels a bit emotional since the story is close to his heart. Starring Anasua Majumdar, Nigel Akkara, Manai Manisha Dey, Kharaj Mukherjee, Shaheb Chatterjee in pivotal roles, ‘Gotro’ became one of the most successful Bengali films at the 2019 box office.
“It’s an emotional story that comes straight from my life. Long ago, Nigel Akkara had sent a young boy to our Baranagar home as we were looking for a caretaker. What’s interesting is after couple of days, he had called me to inform that he feels he wasn’t fit for the job. I was a bit surprised and when I asked why, he said that my mother had been teaching him Rabindranath Tagore’s texts and he couldn’t understand any of those. Nanditadi eventually opted for Anasua Majumdar, who is the protagonist in the Gotro, Mukti Devi, to pick up the character nuances from my mother. With all this and more behind the film, I often felt it was my mother who I had directed in the film,” Shiboprosad shares with us in an exclusive chat.
‘Gotro’ is based on a social issue and tries to remind us of the importance of humanity over religion through a heart-warming story. After the 2011 film Icche, this was Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee’s second film focusing on the mother-son relationship. The film sees an elderly woman striking a unique bond with an ex-convict who is entrusted with taking care of her. It’s a heartwarming story of love, faith and redemption.