Versatile actor Subrat Dutt talks about the Bengali movie Achin Pakhi, directed by renowned filmmaker Anjan Das. The film is releasing on March 26, 2010. Subrat plays the role of Achin in the film, based on an emotional love story that faces a tragic end and popular actress Manali Dey is cast opposite to Dutta as Pakhi in the film. Read the exclusive interview at CalcuttaTube.
CalcuttaTube: Filmmaker Anjan Das is renowned for making films for different genre and distinct tastes. Achin Pakhi is Das’s first commercial movie. What is your experience working in the film with the director?
Subrat Dutta: This is my first film with director Anjan Das and it has been a wonderful experience working with him. I really do not understand the classifications between mainstream and art films. It all depends on the market, that is what I think. Mostly a commercial film is supposed to do more business than a parallel film according to popular notion. But Satyajit Ray‘s Charulata, Pather Panchali have done a lot more business compared to their budget. Achin Pakhi is going to have more than 70 prints, which is a very good thing for all of us.
CalcuttaTube: Talking of mainstream and parallel films, some people do believe in that kind of classifications and others do not. They say that there are only good films and bad films…..
Subrat Dutta: That is exactly what I believe in. The classification is mainly between good films and bad films.
CalcuttaTube: Could you please say something more about Achin Pakhi and your character in the film? All we know is that it is a tragic love story.
Subrat Dutta: The movie Achin Pakhi is about an innocent love story between two characters Achin and Pakhi. I am playing the role of Achin and Manali Dey is doing the role of Pakhi. The story is set against the backdrop of rural Bengal irrigated by rivers and nature has been exploited to the fullest in the film.
We often hear the elderly audiences complain that Bengali films nowadays are filled with the taste of ‘Idli Dosa’. I can guarantee that this film does not contain any Southern flavors. Rural Bengal will be present in the film with its freshness and aroma, instead.
Achin Pakhi is inspired by a Bangladeshi film that has already been enormously hit. There are a lot of instances of tragic love stories touching the minds of the audience. It is a popular subject that is once again exploited in Achin Pakhi. What I think are going to be added features are the shooting locations and the scenic beauty of the countryside. Most of the films these days tend to shoot abroad. But in this film we have walked in an opposite direction. The film has been shot in Taki and there are quite a few scenes on the Ichhamati river. The audience is truly going to enjoy those scenes. As a matter of fact, I myself am sharing this as an audience, not as a part of the cast and crew. Asim has done a fabulous job with the camera.
Director Anjan Das has a lyrical way of telling a story. It definitely depends on the viewers’ choice whether or not they like it that way, but it still remains a fact.
I think that Achin Pakhi is a film that belongs to those genres that can appeal to a wide range of audience. Anyone from eight to eighty may like this film. The movie has several aspects, such as the story, the music, the songs, the outdoor scenes etc that may be individually appreciated by different generations.
The story is a very emotional one and the film does not have a huge cast which has once again added to its quality. The characters are all very earthly, down to earth and close to mother nature.
Interview by: Shrabanti Basu, CT Journalist