The revival of Bangla film industry
Comedy flick Bye Bye Bangkok is already into its 14th week and heading towards wrapping at least a 100-day run. Along with Aniket Chattopadhyay’s movie, a clutch of other Bengali movies like Gautam Ghosh’s Moner Manush, debutant director Srijit Mukhopadhyay’s Autograph all notched up at least a 100 days.
Not to mention that viewers turned up in hordes, everytime a Feluda film released. Tollywood, is making a habit of hits. From a mere two-film industry in 2001, to 96 in 2010 is enough proof for the revival of the Bangla film industry as well as the thumping applause it has received from the audiences.
And now the nation’s corporate bigwigs from Mahindra’s Mumbai Mantra to Reliance Entertainment and Mukta Arts have entered the fray, ensuring that box-office collections cross figures like `Rs 5-6 crore, no small feat for this industry.
“I feel the golden period of Bengali films has returned. The audiences are participating in the theatres again. Directors have begun thinking differently and producers are putting in money. And, movies, even of a different genre, are seeing a long run in the theatres. Together with song-and-dance films, we are seeing a spate of serious, thought-provoking films.
Bangla, is one of the largest languages in the world and Bengali films are being shown in the US, Europe and the Middle East, amongst a few regions. Bengalis in the US are already aware of recent releases like Moner Manush, Feluda and Autograph,” says director and storywriter Aniruddha Roychowdhury, who has won four national awards, including one for the best film for Antaheen in ’09.