By DEBAJYOTI CHAKRABORTY
KOLKATA, 2 SEPTEMBER 2022
A group of around 42 men and women in uniform, consisting from Bhawani Bhawan, Kolkata Police and state police directorate have joined hands to make a full length feature film on Satyajit Roy – “ Apu Ebong Ami”. The film shooting which has finished recently will be released soon.
Ranging from senior IPS officers of the rank of director general to police constables, every cop has honed their skills in acting in this two hour duration feature film.
The shooting of the film had started in 2017, but could not be finished due to covid -19 pandemic and the professional engagements of these cops, and has been recently completed. Very soon this Bengali feature film will be released on the multiplexes of the state.
Top cops like Mrityunjay Kumar Singh, Former DG ( Home Guard) IPS officers, Suman Bala Shaw, G.A.Srinivas, Kankar Prasad Barui, Pinaki Ranjan Das and WBPS officers like Moloy Saha and many others are the sympathisers behind making this film. Besides the officers of Bhawani Bhawan like Pannalal Ghosh ( coordinator), Debjit Sadhu,Mithu Singh, Pradip Adya, Pulak Dutta, IC of Amherst Street Police Station and Sourav Banerjee of Kalighat Police Station, both of Kolkata Police also acted in this film.
S.B.Entertainment , Kolkata in association with Team Police, West Bengal is presenting a real life story behind the camera on the maestro of Indian films, Satyajit Ray- Apu Ebong Ami. Bijataswa Routh and Barun Samaddar are the special advisor of the film.
Talking to The Travel and Tourism Times , Debjit Sadhu , joint director of the film and a cop of Bhawani Bhawan said that this is perhaps the first kind of such endeavour by the men in uniform in the country to do such a thing and pay their tributes to Satyajit Roy on his 101 st birth anniversary.
“ The film is based on a real story of the hardships that Satyajit Roy has faced during the shooting of his film Pather Panchali. Even in this film you will find a person acting in the role of his personal photographer. Manik Babu always used to keep his personal photographer along with him. Despite all those difficulties the maestro has been able to finally finish his masterpiece, Pather Panchali. The film is based on the dramatic portion of the obstacles that Ray has faced during his shooting ,”says Debjit Sadhu.
Breaking this news on 1 September, which is also the police day, and the viewers will watch this feature film and will find the otherwise tough faces working in uniforms in an entirely different mood in their most unfamiliar light, sound, camera settings instead of their normal roles and daily routine jobs of handling guns, bombs, bullets and chasing criminals, detecting crimes and maintaining law and order 365 days 24×7.
Pather Panchali of Satyajit Ray was released in 1955 based on the novel of writer Bibhuti Bhusan Bandopadhyay. It is due to this film that the fictional characters of Apu and Durga become world famous.