Abir Chatterjee Actor Abir Chatterjee talks about his upcoming film Kornosubarner Guptodhon dgtl
Dhruv Banerjee’s hit series “Karnsubarna’s Gupta Dhan” comes out in Puja. Sonada-Abir-Jhinuk returns to the big screen. This time people will again be busy in the puja, the movie hero is happy. These days, it is happy to see the traffic jams on the roads after the epidemic stagnates. You want to work hard. Abir Chatterjee in an open chat ahead of the new movie’s release.
Question: Feluda, after Byomkesh, you have once again become the face of a successful franchise.
Abir: At one time, many people complained against me that I did not work without frankness. After that, however, I saw that they themselves edited and made all the films of all the franchises (laughs). Franchise have fun. The public expects the second to be better than the first, the third better than the second. It’s a fun challenge.
Question: If a franchise succeeds, is there still additional pressure?
Abir: I didn’t think the kids would start calling me ‘Sonada’ so soon. In fact, children do not understand Byomkesh. And a lot of little kids didn’t see me as Feluda. Sonadai is therefore known to them. This series is for everyone from eight to eighty years old. When the second film was released three years after the first, audiences still went with family. So everyone must have an expectation on the third film. He has extra pressure. But Sonada is having fun. Sonada has no basis in literature. But this has happened in the case of very few franchises in Bengal. There are so many good elements in Bengali literature that directors usually work with them. This did not happen in this case.
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Question: As successful as the films in your franchise are, other films may not touch the hearts of audiences in the same way. Doesn’t that make you think?
Abir: Of course I think. I sometimes think Bengalis only see thrillers! But I strongly believe that now there should be sweet pictures, laughing pictures or funny pictures. It should be such a picture that people will open their hearts and laugh after seeing the horror of this epidemic. But if I play thrillers all the time, then how is that possible!
Question: Why is there no such picture? Lack of writers?
Abir: Whether there is a lack of writers or not cannot be said. But I think it’s better if more writers come into the industry. Because this moment is a good scenario. Nothing else applies to it.
Question: When a family film is released in Pooja, does it outperform other films at the box office?
Abir: It’s silly to think so. There will be a contest. Those of you who have known me for a long time know that I have a competitive spirit. But it’s healthy competition. In the industry I’m in now, everyone expects a positive attitude from me. And it should be. So I can’t say if his film will shoot or not. But the public is also very intelligent. They already have an idea in mind, which image to watch, which not to watch. So all of these decisions are better off without them. We can only do our own job (play and promote) properly. But if all the films put together can draw audiences into the room, that’s also good for the industry. A lot has changed since the pandemic. The way viewers view images has changed. Now that everything is back to normal, then a good movie, a good song or a good play is very important for everyone.
Question: Are changing viewer viewing habits a concern for the industry?
Abir: Before OTT, there was cable TV, satellite channels. But the public still had to decide which to watch on television, which to watch in the hall. But now their habits have changed a lot. OTT has a wide variety of content. When to watch, where to sit, how much to watch – you can choose everything according to your convenience. So we can only ask to come into the room.
Question: Do you think OTT movies are going too fast these days?
Abir: People have never seen an epidemic before, this is the first time they see it. It’s still unclear how it affected everyone. Our industry is going through a similar transformation. Now is not the time to say what is good and what is bad. Everyone wants to understand the time.
Question: This uncertain period is very difficult for artists?
Abir: I was going to Mumbai two weeks ago. It was probably the first time I saw people traveling comfortable in the airport. I had to travel several times for the filming of ‘Block 2’ in the midst of a pandemic. At that time, the work was done in such a way that I never sat and spoke with the director. But in so many places, with so many teams, an entire season was shot and it came out in OTT, the audience saw it. It’s surprising to think now! As viewer viewing habits change, so does our work. As artists, they have to think. But if you can’t adapt to these changes, you have to stay in one place.
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Question: Many of your contemporaries have now opened their own production companies. Tell me why does everyone have to take on the role of producer?
Abir: Being associated with the making of images is a different experience. Many times I’ve heard a story and thought, if I can be associated with this project, support it or move it forward, then great! It seems that all my friends take on the role of producer from this idea. Many of them ask me to act in their films. It’s pretty good for me again (laughs…).
Question: You don’t have any projects?
Abir: I’m not going to lie, sometimes I wanted too. A few days ago, a director friend told me a story. I made many suggestions there. I asked to wait as I don’t have any dates at the moment. Later, I said that if someone else played the role for me and I could be involved in the making of the film in some way, that would be great. Sometimes that seems to be the case with many movies of this type. I will definitely think about the production.
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