Telling stories that deal with the marginalized society is a tricky business and Ritwick Chakraborty says his next film ‘Mayar Jonjal’ stays true to the art holding a mirror to society and speak for the marginalized people who often gets unnoticed.
Speaking about the film and the seriousness of the subject, Ritwick shared with ETImes, “Mayar Jonjal is an interesting film which holds a mirror to society. We are all well aware of these people. For instance, my character in the film struggles for existence. He is not only unstable in his professional life but also he doesn’t want his wife to go out and work. So it creates a crisis and the film reflects the harsh reality. I think films like these needs to be made more and more. This film is like a contemporary imagination of Manik Bandyopadhyay’s two stories from which it has been adapted. The internal world of the marginalized people and their hopes, desires and fears form the pillar of the narrative.”
This is Ritwick’s third film with Indranil Roychowdhury and the seasoned actor says there’s always something unique with each of his films, “Indranil da is different from others. His approach or subjects are distinct from each another every time. Also, his filmmaking style and storytelling is diiferent and way more relatable.”
Speaking about the ongoing debate over film distribution and exhibition strategy the actor says this can’t be discussed in one dimension. “It is true that Bengali cinema needs some space. But since this is not a social media discussion you can’t just say what you think bluntly. We are talking about ‘Pathaan’s impact at the box office but the interesting thing is on several occasions big banner Bengali films managed to corner smaller films in the halls. It is like every other industry – flexing your muscles and power. With all these years of experience I have seen how big films take a toll on the business of small films,” added Ritwick.
When asked one thing he wants to see changed in Tollywood the ‘Macher Jhol’ actor insists this is a much bigger debate and can’t be sum up in one comment, “There are so many things to discuss. It’s a tricky question. But the first thing that comes to my mind is that we seem to be in a hurry and more focused on quantity, in terms of the number of films are being made every year. I think we should invest more time in making a film instead of shooting an entire project in 10-15 days.”
Meanwhile, Riwick’s film ‘Mayar Jonjal’ also features Paran Bandyopadhyay, Bratya Basu, Kamalika Banerjee, Chandrayee Ghosh, Bangladeshi actor Aupee Karim among others in key roles and is set to release in theatres on February 24.