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Kanamachi Bho Bho: Exploring a child's world, movie releasing on Friday

Kanamachi Bho Bho: Exploring a child's world, movie releasing on Friday

India Blooms News Service | 17 Nov 2016, 06:14 pm
Kolkata, November 17 (IBNS): To give a refreshing twist to an age-old story of bridging the gap between generations, Pushprekha International and Director Ujjal Ghosh has come up with a new film, Kanamachi Bho Bho, which is slated for release on Friday.

The film is a poignant take on the innocence and beauty of childhood and the fact that there is a vast world beyond the four walls of a classroom and books.

The film also explores the beautiful relationship between a father-less child and a man who becomes a friend, philosopher and guide to the child.

Saptarshi Chowdhury plays the 10-year-old Arya in the lead. The other leading actors include Amitabh Bhattacharjee and Abhijit Roy.

The title track of Kanamachhi Bho Bho is sung by Shaan.

Actor Amitabh Bhattacharjee, said, "In this film, I come as a friend, philosopher and guide for a thirteen year old. I am in complete contrast to the character of a father, yet we speak of the same things. I give him a different perspective on life, and teach him things in a new way.”

“In one scene in an open field, I was required to cry, for which I was supposed to use glycerine. But the lines were so powerful, the tears came automatically. And the child was so spontaneous, that he too started to cry, and we were both just looking at each other and crying. I don’t know what came over me, and in that scene, the director never said cut, and the scene just went on. At the end finally, the director literally had to tell us to stop crying!” said Bhattacharjee, talking about his some of his experiences in the film.

“Working with a child artiste like Saptarshi was an immense experience too. Though I’ve worked with child artistes before, in this case, the level of spontaneity he had, was phenomenal. I learnt so much from him, and at times he would even correct my lines for me," said Bhattacharjee.

Talking about the film’s personal connection, the actor said, "I could relate with this story, because so many incidents reminded me of my own childhood. In a scene where I am narrating my childhood experiences with the boy’s father to the boy, I was constantly reminded of so many incidents from my own childhood, where langoors (monkeys) would come and snatch food from our hands, and one day, my friend simply put zarda in a roti and gave it to the monkey and the effect was instantaneous. These memories made the film very special for me and I shall cherish them forever”.

“When I read the script, I knew I had to do it. There are many children who undergo similar situations. Also, in this world of remakes, where there’s hardly any content in films, this story was a welcome change. And as an actor, we are obligated and duty bound to perform a role which has a message. So I had to agree," he said.

“In terms of future projects, I have two films lined up, one being ‘Mystery of Maya’ and ‘Duti Chor’," said the actor.

Speaking on his role as the father of the child protagonist, theatre veteran Abhijit Roy said, "When I was offered this role by the director, I was quite keen to do it. When shooting started, I could relate immensely to the character and even the dialogues. Bringing up a child is never easy and to do it convincingly on screen is even more difficult. But my director was of great help, and despite being new to the world of celluloid, I was never felt unwelcome and different.”

“Being from the theatre world," Roy continued, "I can say that cinema is completely different. While I am completely free on stage, I think that when it comes to cinema, I can have much more freedom and be as subjective as I want. One of the most memorable dialogues, which I have personally always believed in and followed, is that books only inform, and not teach. And the latter is something which only an individual can do by him/herself," said Roy.

“In today’s world, the true meaning of friendship has ceased to exist. Competition, jealousy is what mainly prevails now. Taking selfies and just showing off doesn’t define friendship. And the situation was completely different in our time, as a result of which, our friends are still there for us and care for us. That is what we want to bring out  and hopefully we have done that," signed off the actor.

(Reporting by Tanushree Sen)

Kanamachi Bho Bho: Exploring a child's world, movie releasing on Friday

India Blooms News Service
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