August 17, Kolkata (Calcutta Tube): Bengali cinema has produced very few films on football, the passion and obsession of Bengalis across the world. Bengali films revolving around football can be counted on three fingers of one hand – Mohanbaganer Meye, Dhonni Meye and Shaheb. After several decades, Bappaditya Chakraborty under the banner of Saheli Film Production is presenting , a film that is centered on and revolving entirely around football which covers the ugly politics lurking behind the game, the greed for money, the lust for power, the highs and the lows of a once-at-the-top-but-later-disgraced football star and of course, the mandatory doses of romance. Noted footballer and current football coach Subrata Bhattacharjee has done a guest role in the film in addition to coaching the actors in the field in the game. “Across the world, 67% are avid fans of football while only 8% watch cricket. Yet, because of the glamour and the money that is being spent on cricket, football, one of the few team sports Indians are skilled in, has got marginalised and sidetracked,” said Bhattacharjee at a crowded press conference in the city this week.
The film is being directed by Shankar Roy on a story written by Ujjal Chatterjee, with screenplay, story development and dialogues worked upon by Debashish Basu. Since it is a mainstream film for the mass audience, there will be lots of songs with lyrics and the music created by Arunabha and an important song that goes “Goal De Goal De authored by D. Pranab. Niranjan Das is doing the cinematography while James has choreographed the dance numbers. Abhishek plays Indra Choudhuri, the most important role of a top class football player who was disgraced and comes back after 12 long years to erase the black spot put on his name by vested interests. It was revealed that Abhishek is a very good football player himself and grabbed the only opportunity he had in his long career to demonstrate his skills on the field for the big screen. Raaj is playing his younger brother Raju who Indra begins to train to shape up into the top football player of his famous club.
Jug Jug Jiyo introduces two new faces, Disha Roy Choudhury who plays Raju’s love interest and Saheli who portrays Indra’s lady-love who never loses faith in her boyfriend. Others in the cast are Debdoot Ghosh, Sanjukta Roychoudhury, Anuradha Roy, Bodhisatta Majumdar, Soma Chakraborty, Dwijen Banherjee, Kanchan and Biswanath. The film will surprise the audience with special appearances of some of the most venerated football stars in the state of West Bengal.
by Shoma A. Chatterji