Adman-turned-director Bauddhayan Mukherji is a lucky man. Even before his debut Bengali film, Teenkahan, hits the theatres, he has managed to complete his debut Hindi film, The Violin Player, with Ritwick Chakraborty. Also, Jab We Met and Highway director, Imtiaz Ali, is all praise for his debut film, which definitely calls for a celebration.
Mukherji, now famous for his Bell Bajao campaign against domestic violence, took nearly one and a half years to complete the script and another six months to shoot the film. He completed the film in September, 2014, and had sent the film to as many as 35 international and national film festivals. "That was the plan. We deliberately took a year to release the film because we wanted to send the film to various film festivals," says Mukherji.
Though Teenkahan comprises three stories, Mukherji says all the stories have been treated differently and can stand out as independent films. "There are three acts in the screenplay but every act is an individual story. So, it might look like three independent films," he says.
Mukherji admits that there is a difference between shooting a full-length feature film and a 30-second commercial. "In an advertisement, we don't have a methodology of taking a master shot. We mostly take edit shots. Also, in feature films there's no concept called over cut, whereas in advertisements we do follow the concept," he explains.
While new directors in the Bengali film fraternity often fail to rope in stars for their debut film, Mukherji is an exception. From Rituparna Sengupta, Dhritiman Chatterjee to Asish Vidyarthi and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, the Bengali film has an enviable star cast. "I have always believed that you don't get stars for your film. You need actors to make a film. If the actor also happens to be a star, then it's a bonus. The script of the film has got its actors," he says. Teenkahan, which hits the theatres this Friday, will release in other parts of the country within two weeks. In October, the film will release in the United States and Canada.