Filmmaker Haranath Chakraborty talks about his upcoming film with Ritwik Chakraborty and Parno
While his contemporaries including potboiler king Swapan Saha has long gone into oblivion, it’s filmmaker Haranath Chakraborty’s ability to adapt to changing times that has kept him relevant. Starting his career in 1989 with Mangaldeep, the mainstream director has a varied oeuvre including films like Chalo Paltai, Chhayamoy and Dharasnan, and has launched the careers of many actors including superstar Jeet. After Bagh Bandi Khela, the soft-spoken and congenial man is back with Bhootchakro Private Limited, which is a horror adventure with a comic punch and revolves around three friends and their misadventures when they accidentally discover a ghost-hunting machine. Indulge caught up with Haranath before the release of his film on June for a quick chat. Excerpts:
You have been in Tollywood for over 30 years, now. How much has the film industry changed?
Previously, people used to go to theatres to watch movies. But now, satellite channels and the Internet have changed the rules of the game with a plethora of options available at fingertips. Also, there’s a simultaneous decay of the standalone theatres. So, where will the mass audience go to watch a mainstream Bengali movie? This explains why a Dev or Jeet starrer doesn’t work at box office but gets huge amounts for satellite rights. The audience waits for their movies to air on television. From a creative point of view, there is definitely a churning with better content being generated. But commercially, the 90s saw the best phase in Bengali cinema and generated maximum revenues. The industry survived for us.
What are the other projects you are working on?
Currently, I am wrapping up a thriller star ring Ritwik Chakraborty and Parno Mittra with Ranjit Mullick in the special role of a police officer. Ritwik plays a scriptwriter and goes to Kalimpong along with his wife played by Parno to write a script. Parno dies there mysteriously, and the plot revolves around that. The script of the film has been written by Padmanabha Dasgupta and we will wrap up the shoot by this July.