Get ready for Anik Duttas next - "Ashchorjyo Prodeep""
he music launch of Anik Datta’s next, “Ashchorjyo Prodeep” was like a galaxy of stars packed in a banquet hall with almost all the who’s who of tollywood attending the occasion even if for a brief while.
The film, starring Saswata Chatterjee and Rajatava Dutta tells the story of a regular Bengali simpleton whose life takes a dramatic turn after the discovery of a magic lamp followed by encounters with a modern-age genie (Rajatava).
“The story inspired by Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s short story tells the story of Anilabho Gupta (Saswata), a modern day Aladeen set against contemporary social issues,” explains Anik. Mumtaz Sorcar who portrays a sultry super model turned actor, fantasized by everyone, was looking absolutely stunning in a black dress and when asked to give a glimpse about her character named ‘Mala Mal’, she kept repeating her line from the movie, “I cannot reveal too much” in a very cheeky manner!
The music man of the film, Raja Narayan Deb, spoke elaborately about the music he composed for ‘Ashchorjyo Prodeep’ - “We have experimented a lot with every one of the six songs of the film as the songs were written completely adhering to the situations (Much of the lyrics have been written by Anik himself).
For example, in the title song, there are elements of rock interlaced with mystical Arabic tunes. Then, there is the ‘Car Song’ sung by Amit Kumar where the legendary Kishore number, ‘Prithibi Bodle Gechhe’ has been remixed with dubsteps and given a new avatar with innovative lyrics which are very relevant to the film. The item number, ‘Gimme More’ is a rare mix of Mozart’s 40th Symphony and club music.
Finally, ‘The Dialogue Song’ happened because Anikda wanted to introduce a Hollywood Musical feel to the film, something like ‘My Fair Lady’. Thus, I decided to make Saswata and Rajatava sing and they turned out to be the best actor-singers of contemporary time (many people didn’t know that Rajatava was attached to a band called QUININE).
Anik relaed to everybody how he had written the ‘Funny Sad Song’ in the most Rabindrik fashion keeping Anilabho’s pitiful situation in mind, which has been sung by Raghav Chatterjee in the film.
After the screening of the music videos, acclaimed singer Usha Uthup was so overwhelmed by the performance of the Saswata-Rajatava duo and the treatment of the songs that she had to snatch the microphone from Anik to praise all the actors, singer, choreographers and especially the music composer, Raja and director, Anik for such a brilliant endeavor. “Anik, you have not even given me a single line to sing for the film. Please think of me the next time you are making the film,” joked the celebrated singer. She officially released the music album right after this.
The event saw the presence of all the eminent names of the industry starting from Moonmoon Sen with Hubby, Barun Chanda, Kaushik Ganguly, Rituparna Sengupta, Abir Chatterjee, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Arindam Sil, Anindya Chatterjee, Ushashie, Rudranil, Sudeshna Roy, Jeet Ganguly, Parama Bandopadhyay and the likes apart from the actors Saswata, Rajatava, Srilekha, Mumtaz.
The film, shot by National Award winning cinematographer Avik Mukhopadhyay and edited by Arghyakamal Mitra, also a National Award recipient, releases on 19th November.
Pictures by: Akash Goswami