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Praktan to be turned into a book of poems

Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta starrer Bengali film Praktan set to be adapted into a book of poems.

regional movies Updated: Sep 14, 2016 14:19 IST
Anindita Acharya
The lead pair of Praktan, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta.
The lead pair of Praktan, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta.(Samir Jana/HT )

Filmmakers have time and again adapted books into films. However, rarely are films converted into books. Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy’s Bengali film Praktan, which released in May, is set to be converted into a book of poems soon. The film, which is so far the year’s biggest Bengali hit and brought back the hit pair of Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta after a gap of 14 years, is also the theme for 66 Pally Sarbojoni Durga Utsav, Kolkata.

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Confirming the news, Mukhopadhyay says, “When we started promoting the film on social media, we used a lot of poems to attract viewers. The poems started gaining popularity and we continued posting poems on social media even after the film’s release.”

Poems used for the promotion of the film. (Windows Production House)

The Bela Seshe director informs that the 40-pages book will be launched before Durga Puja. “Our team (comprising three members) is working on the book. New poems, which were not in the film, are being written which will find a place in this book. When we discussed the idea of coming up with a book with the publishers, they were more than interested,” says Mukhopadhyay, who has also recently launched the film’s merchandise comprising coasters, cups and t-shirts with poems on Kolkata written on them. This is also the first time a Bengali film is retailing merchandise. Interestingly, the director-duo’s debut film Ichche (2011) too has been included in the Study of Women’s Stress and Distress Management by Calcutta University. It seems the trend is fast catching up as director Nagesh Kukunoor’s Hindi film Dhanak too was adapted into a book of the same. The book, written by Anushka Ravishankar, released a few days before the film hit theatres.

Watch Anupam Roy’s hit song, Kolkata, from Praktan: