Young director Soukarya Ghosal weaves a fairy tale with Rainbow Jelly
His first movie Pendulum was so well received that director Srijit Mukherji personally congratulated him and promoted him on Facebook. The second one, Load Shedding, too, got positive response. Now with his third film, Rainbow Jelly, 31-year-old Soukarya Ghosal is all set to give you something that he promises “will stay with you for a long time.
Rainbow Jelly, which releases on May 25, is a story of an underdog special child, who is an orphan and suffers at the hand of his uncle. What makes the film more special is that the role of the child protagonist is played by Mahabrata Basu, 12, who himself fought with neurological diseases since birth. “Mahabrata did a splendid job. He mugged the entire script by simply listening to it. We used the smiley method to elicit the right emotions on screen. We did a three-month tireless workshop with him and shot the movie in 16 days flat,” Ghosal recalls.
Though the trailer of the movie is making all the right noises and has caught attention of big players like Shree Venkatesh Films, that is distributing it, Ghosal could not find a single producer when he took up the project. “I took a loan to make this movie, since the producers wanted to cast someone else for the child’s role. I was adamant on retaining Mahabrata,” he states. And the decision paid off since Mahabrata’s acting has impressed many including a few in Bollywood including Masaan’s director Neeraj Ghaywan and scriptwriter Varun Grover. “They even made inquires about Mahabrata. But his parents won’t allow him to act in any other movie,” says Ghosal.
“I decided to make Rainbow Jelly because I wanted to make a film with a universal appeal. Bengalis strongly identify with food and fairy tales or fantasy. None can address a fairy tale so effortlessly and candidly like a Bengali does, be it Leela Majumdar or Satyajit Ray. I am a fan of both and I thought of trying to merge Bengali’s love for food with fantasy for the first time. I hope Bengalis savour it,” stresses Ghosal. Amen to that.