Rituparno shuns colours
In this age of filmmakers using latest colour techniques in their cinematic ventures, making a film entirely in black and white would seem like a regressive step.
However, for renowned Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, who attempts to bring back the era of black and white cinema through his latest Bengali venture Dosor, making a film in monochrome, unlike the "multi-hued' films of today, was just another expression of his creativity.
"I have always desired to make a film in black and white. It, in fact, allows you to express your creative demeanour in a more realistic way. This has been well reflected in epochal movies like Pather Panchali, Aranyer Dinratri, Charulata etc," Rituparno says.
"Also, since Dosor deals with a 'multi-hued' relationship existing between a married couple, played by Konkona and Prosenjit, using a black and white canvas was an ideal one for bringing out the various facets of the relationship,"Ghosh, who has earlier made critically-acclaimed films like Chokher Bali, Antarmahal and Raincoat, said.
The film, which released in Kolkata five weeks ago and is scheduled to release in Delhi on May 19, is being produced by Professor Arindham Chaudhry's Planman Life Group.
It is just another unconventional venture by the Planman Life, which has earlier produced Anjan Das' Faltu.
Asked whether, in this age of "multiplex movies", making a film entirely in black and white was not a bad business proposition, Professor Chaudhry said,"everyone has been taken aback by our decision of producing a black and white film. However, we are overtly excited by the marketing and business prospects of the film. Firstly, the creative aspect is being handled by Ritu-da whose name itself is enough to draw the crowds to the theatres, specially in Bengals, and secondly the fact that it is the only movie in the current era made entirely in black and white."
In this context, Prof Chaudhry said that the film had already created a huge stir.
"We released the film in Kolkata four to five weeks ago. Right from the day one of its release, the film has been drawing huge crowds, most of the people coming to the theatres due to tremendous curiosity of watching a black and white film in the current era. Also, distributors in Mumbai have evinced a huge interest in releasing the film in the theatres there that too in the Bengali version which shows the tremendous buzz around it," he said.