Not many Bengali films make it out of Calcutta and pierce the international film consciousness, however, one very recent film got close. Anik Dutta's Bhooter Bhabishyat
was one of the best received Bengali mainstream films in recent memory, and thanks to a fully subtitled, good looking print on YouTube, a lot of people who normally wouldn't care got to see it. Genuinely funny and nearly deserving of its two hour runtime, Bhooter Bhabishyat
was a neat ghost comedy that resonated with audiences across India.
Anik Dutta is back, and he's bringing the big guns this time. Ashchorjyo Prodeep
is a contemporary Aladdin story about a struggling man who gets a much needed push from a modern genie. However, just like with any story like this, you have to be careful what you wish for.Ashochorjyo Prodeep
stars the dependable Bengali superstar Saswata Chatterjee as the beleaguered man in need of help, and Rajatava Dutta is his genie. Fans of Bollywood thrillers may remember Chatterjee from his now iconic role in Sujoy Ghosh's fantastic thriller from 2012, Kahaani
, as the unlikeliest of assasins, Bob Biswas. Chatterjee has been tearing it up lately, not only with this feature, but also his semi-biographical film Meghe Dekha Tara
. This looks like it could be another winner for him.
It is unlikely that Ashchorjyo Prodeep
will land on North American screens, but we can always hope. Perhaps you local Indian film festival will pick it up! Check out the trailer below, Ashchorjyo Prodeep
opens sometime before the end of the year, in the meantime, check out the trailer.
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