PRABHAT ROY’S HANGOVER>FIRST LOOK
Prabhat Roy is Tollywood’s socially significant filmmaker within the mainstream framework. In terms of social concern through and with wholesome entertainment value, he made is presence felt when Shet Pathorer Thala starring Aparna Sen bagged the National Award many years ago. His Laathi that tackled the problems of senior citizens neglected by their adult children was a thumping box office hit. His last film Pitribhoomi starring Jeet and Swastika also projected positive values within an extended Bengali family.
Hangover, his latest has been in the making since June last year. The shoot for the last schedule began after Prosenjit came back after his extended location shooting for Gautam Ghosh’s Moner Manush. Hangover marks a slight departure in Prabhat Roy’s oeuvre in the sense that though it tackles an everyday problem, his treatment and approach will generate lots of fun and entertainment.
“Hangover refers to a feeling of heaviness after someone has had a peg too many and wakes up after a bout of heavy drinking the next morning. The title of my film does not precisely adhere to the common sense meaning. It rather refers to the anxiety 40+ men begin to suffer when they feel girls will find them less attractive,” explains Prabhat Roy, laughing. Prosenjit plays Samaresh Chatterjee, the 40-something chairperson of a satellite channel. Though he is happily married to Chandana, he suffers from middle-age angst when he begins to fantasize romantic relationships with girls much younger than him. It happens normally to him and not when he has had one peg too many. Roy has introduced three new girls in his films – Paromita who plays Chandana, Sayantika and Sankalika who play Samaresh’s temporary crushes. Biplab Chatterjee plays Samaresh’s older brother. Another new face is Joy who plays Rajeev, chief producer of the channel, in love with one of the girls.
“Once Samaresh gets into his fantasy mode, he does things he would never dream of in normal circumstances. He visits discotheques and breaks into a disco song-and-dance number. He gets into fisticuffs and fights too,” adds Roy. An interesting party scene in the film will feature top-notch celebrities of the tinsel world in Tollywood. This is the first time for such a scenario to happen after Satyajit Ray did it in Parash Pathar in 1963. The scene is about Samaresh Chatterjee throwing a grand party to celebrate his channel’s birthday. He invites the big-wigs of the film and television industry. When Prosenjit, director Prabhat Roy and Gautam Kundu, representative of producers Rose Valley invited the celebrities, they happily agreed to participate in the scene shot at Taj Bengal. Prosenjit and music director Bappi Lahiri sang and danced together. Ranjit Mullick, Tapas Pal, Biplab Chatterjee, Sabyasachi and Mithu Chakraborty, Priyanka, Soham, Subhasree, Koel Mullick, Sohini Pal, June Malia, Locket Chatterjee, Debdoot, Rimjhim Gupta, Debolina Dutt and Mumtaz Sircar were there. Filmmakers Haranath Chakraborty and Dhiresh Chatterjee were present too besides Moni-Sreekant of Shree Venkatesh Films.
A trim Prosenjit has undergone a makeover to suit his character. His hair is matted down to his scalp, sometimes with a forelock on his forehead, while shirt, trousers with galoshes and a slight paunch to fit him into the age he is playing, close to his age in real life. He mainly wears a suit in the film to suit his designation. Hangover has been shot in studios and on location in Kolkata outdoor locations in the city. Premendu Bikash Chaki is DOP and Swapan Guha will edit the film. Roy is not sure about the film’s scheduled release but it will definitely not be before April or May this year because the final schedule is still on.
by Shoma A. Chatterji