March 21 (Calcutta Tube): Playback singer Kumar Sanu makes his debut as music director in a Bengali film. The film, amusingly titled Besh Korechhi Prem Korcechhi has been directed by Narayan Roy. Kumar Sanu has written the music for a couple of Hindi films earlier but this is his first Bengali film. “I do not generally accept assignments for music direction but this time, Narayan, who happens to be a close friend, requested me to take on the music direction for Besh Korechhi Prem Korechhi and I was cajoled to accept. I can proudly say that this the first time that we have roped in seven of the greatest playback singers on contemporary cinema in Mumbai to lend their voices to a Bengali film,” said Kumar Sanu. Apart from Kumar Sanu, others who have lent their voices are Udit Narayan, Shaan, Alka Yagnik, Sunidhi Chauhan, etc. Kumar Sanu had specially flown in from Mumbai to Kolkata for the music launch of this musical romance. He also belted out some lines from one of the songs when actor Premjeet requested him to.
Produced by Subodh Kundu under the banner of M Durga Films, the film has an impressive starcast comprised of Ranjit Mullick, Tapas Pal, Anuradha Roy, Anamika Saha, Biplab Chatterjee, Premjeet and Swarnakamal. Two actors will make their debut in the film. One of them is the very fair and blue-eyed Sayak who is the romantic hero of the film. The other is Amrita who plays an important parallel role in this love-quadrangle. “My wife suggested the title because I did not quite care for the original title the story had,” said Subodh Kundu.
Besh Korechhi Prem Korechhi is based on a story and script by Tapan Bhattacharjee who has also written the dialogue. It is about a young and handsome man Jeet (Sayak) who arrives in Kolkata from Benares for medical treatment. He comes to stay in the home of Shubhankar (Ranjit Mullick) his maternal uncle, a bachelor with full of fun. Jeet happens to meet Priya (Swarnakamal) and the two fall in love. But Priya has another young man Rohit (Premjit) dying to get her. This results in a tussle between Jeet and Rohit but Priya wants Jeet in her life and not Rohit. But Priya’s family does not care for the relationship between their daughter and Jeet because Jeet is not affluent and he also has to undergo a serious surgery. So, they call in the local MLA Kochi Hazra to persuade the lovers to agree to stay away from each other for at least one year and after that, they can get married with the blessings of Priya’s parents. Jeet goes to Mumbai for his surgery. He meets Jaguda (Tapas Pal) who lives with his sister Tanya (Amreeta), who has lost her mental balance after losing her husband soon after marriage. When she sets eyes on Jeet and sees how good-natured he is, she falls in love with him and regains her sanity. But Jeet’s heart lies with Priya. Around this time, Priya’s mother Gauri (Anuradha Roy) calls Jeet to Kolkata. Priya tells him openly that she will marry Rohit and no one else because he has the security that Jeet does not.
A heartbroken Jeet returns to Mumbai. Jaguda offers him his sister’s hand and Jeet agrees. Priya’s marriage invitations are out. Tanya discovers her photographs I Jeet’s desk, goes to Kolkata, meets Priya and learns of their love and of Priya being blackmailed into telling Jeet what she said about not loving him and wanting to marry Rohit. She comes back and tells Jeet the truth of Priya’s father having played a dirty trick to separate the lovers. Jeet goes back to Kolkata. But Rohit is not about to give up. Shubhankar on the other hand, is hell bent to help his love-struck nephew. Jaguda arrives from Mumbai because he is furious about Jeet having backed out of marrying his sister. There is a dramatic tussle that leads to Priya’s father spilling out the truth and the lovers living happily ever after. Ranjeet Mullick has the meatiest role in this film which has several steamy and sizzling song sequences shot in rain-leashed landscapes on Sayak and Swarnakamal.
Producer Kundu said, “I was looking out for good stories to be made into films I am willing to produce. I asked Tapan Bhattacharjee to bring in some of his stories. Among the ones I heard, I liked this one the best and we decided we will go ahead with this project. I am happy that Narayan Roy has directed the film and Kumar Sanu very graciously acceded to our request to write the musical score for this film.” Kumar Sanu added that he liked the script because it had a lot of scope for the kind of music he believes in. Lyricist Gautam of the Gautam-Susmit team said, “I am really honoured to have been able to pen the lyrics with my partner for this film because I like love stories with lots of songs.”
Besh Korechhi Prem Korechhi is scheduled for release at the end of this month.
by Shoma A. Chatterji