After the success of Moner Manush (2010), National award-winning filmmaker Gautam Ghose and Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee have once again joined hands for an Indo-Bangladesh production, Shankhachil, which will highlight how partition affected both sides of the border. On Monday, the actor-director duo announced their new project at a press meet in Kolkata. Apart from playing the lead in the film, Prosenjit will also be one of the producers of this joint venture. The film, which showcases the journey of a family along the Indo-Bangladesh border, goes on floor on March 3.
"Gautam da and I have been trying to bring together the film industries of both the countries to produce more films for the longest time. We tasted success with Moner Manush, which was also an Indo-Bangladesh co-production. Even before the success of Moner Manush, I went to Bangladesh on numerous occasions and met producers and directors and the initiative to come up with more joint productions. Recently, when the artistes from the Bengali film industry went to Bangladesh accompanied by our chief minister Mamata Banerjee, this initiative was discussed too. I hope more joint ventures will happen between the two countries now," says the Autograph and Mishor Rahasya actor.
Ghose, whose 1993 National Award-winning Bengali film, Padma Nadir Majhi, was also an Indo-Bangladesh joint venture, says that Shankhachil is close to his heart because it deals with the subject of Partition. "The Partition had a huge impact on the Bengalis. The film will highlight the situations on either side of the border. It's strange how a line divides two countries, which are so similar in language, culture and civilisation. I've researched a lot on Border Security Force (BSF) and the BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) and I've written an original story. Sayantani Pututanduand has helped me in developing the story. There's a huge Bengali market for films in both the countries and we want to reach out to an wider audience through these joint collaborations," says Ghose, whose film Moner Manush won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration at National Film Award.
Bangladeshi actress Kushum Sikder will play Prosenjit's wife in the film. Shankhachil also stars Priyanshu Chatterjee, Ushashi Chakrabarty, Arindam Sil and Dipankar De and the film will be shot in Kolkata, Taki and Bangladesh.