Boshonto Eshe Geche: Bengali cinema's fresh attempt at sex comedy

  • Anindita Acharya, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2015 12:28 IST

Sex comedies aren't new in Hollywood and Bollywood too has followed suit. Indra Kumar, who made blockbusters such as Dil and Beta in the 90s, tried his hand at sex comedies with Masti and Grand Masti to revive his career. Though the films were outrageously vulgar and slammed by critics, they were lapped up by the audiences and Grand Masti went onto become one of the biggest box office successes of 2013. Ekta Kapoor too made two sex comedies -- Kya Kool Hain Hum (2005) and Kya Super Kool Hain Hum (2012) and both the films raked in the moolah.

In Tollywood, however, sex comedies aren't very popular. Back in 2006, director Mainak Bhaumik attempted a sex comedy with Aamra starring Jisshu Sengupta and Parambrata Chatterjee. Teen Yaari Katha is one of the most talked about sex comedies in Bengali cinema, directed by Sudeshna Roy and Abhijit Guha.

Director Arindam Chakraborty is trying to bring in this genre in Bengali cinema with his new film Boshonto Eshe Geche. He has roped in two powerhouse actors, Saswata Chatterjee (who played Bob Biswas in Kahaani) and Debshankar Haldar, to play mid-forties scientists who want to discover a medicine to tackle sexual crisis in middle-aged men.

"Sex comedy is not a genre that's been much explored in Bengali cinema before. But as a filmmaker I know the difference between humour and vulgarity. My film is hilarious… we have to keep Bengali sentiments in mind too," says Chakraborty, who recently shot the first leg of the film in Vishakhapatnam (also called Vizag).

A still from Boshonto Eshe Geche.

While Debshankar plays Dr Anupam Sen, Saswata plays the role of Ratikanta, who falls for Anupam's daughter Shireen once they go to Vizag. Padmanabha Dasgupta has written the script of the film. Chakraborty is introducing a fresh face, model Agnijita Roy (who is playing the character of Shireen).

Music director Samidh Mukherjee, who was earlier associated with rock band Hip Pocket before he started composing for Bengali films such as Josh and Dui Prithibi, will also be seen acting in Boshonto Eshe Geche. "Samidh is the music director of the film. But he is also playing the character of Sangam Kumar, a producer, who owns Casting Couch production house," says Chakraborty.

But the title of his new film, Boshonto Eshe Geche, surely reminds everyone of Srijit Mukherji's National Award-winning film Chatuskone's chartbuster song of the same name. "Well, the storyline of the film goes well with the title," smiles the director.

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