Actor-turned-director Tathagata Mukherjee’s surreal love story Bhotbhoti was released on August 11, starring Raj Chakraborty’s Dharmajuddha and Arindam Sil’s Byomkesh Hatyamancha. The film which features Rishav Basu, Bibriti Chatterjee, Anirban Chakrabarti and others struggled to get shows due to the other releases. However, after the first day, the number of shows increased.
Meanwhile, Tathagata talked to us about his film’s style and characters. “Whatever projects I have undertaken, a Hindi film, Gopone Mod Charan (one shot film) and other films, I thought Bhotbhoti was the safest project. Bhotbhoti is about marginal people, who work hard to make ends meet. I have the impression that the majority of the public comes from a modest background and that they will be able to identify with the film. Bhotbhoti also talks about underdogs and losers. They probably won’t win every race, but they live their lives to the fullest. People who believe in God or not but who believe in life will be able to connect with the film and be motivated. If you have faith, you can create wonders. It’s a story of ordinary people with dreams and faith,” the director said.
Speaking about contemporary Bengali films, he said, “Contemporary Bengali cinema has become plastic. These movies make it seem like everyone lives in South Kolkata and they have a uniform speaking style. My film is about real people. Unlike contemporary Bengali films, it is not plastic. I tried to make Bhotbhoti realistic. It shows the people we see every day in markets, roads and slums. The film has a commercial presentation. It is a mainstream Bengali film close to reality. It is a story of working class people and their struggles. We live in a third world country. We have our share of struggles. The one who drives a car and the one who travels by bus – We all have our share of difficulties. Bhotbhoti talks about this struggle.