August 16, 2010 (CalcuttaTube): Actor Subrat Dutta talks to Shrabanti Basu about his latest film ‘Antim Sundor’ (Last Breath Beautiful) directed by Kris Alin also starring Indrani Halder, Paran Bandopadhyay. Subrat, who recently attended the music release of ‘Antin Swash Sundor’ in Kolkata talks about the film that is to release on August 20, 2010. Read the exclusive interview with Subrat Dutta at CalcuttaTube.
CalcuttaTube: What made you choose the film ‘Antim Swash Sundor’?
Subrat Dutta: I think the reason is director Kris Alin. His music and visual senses impress me. In the movie, too, there are a lot of good songs and many Hindi lyrics have been intelligently used. The music in this movie enhances the story. That is reason that the director has used Hindi words. We all are more or less used to Hindi now. Bollywood films are very popular in Kolkata. You will also see a lot of string instruments like sarangi, guitar, been used in the film. The songs are different, too.
Kris is a great director. He knows exactly what he wants. He may listen to others’ suggestions, but ultimately would do what he feels would be the best. There are many directors who toggle between things some of which click, some don’t.
Alin is very very particular. He is very young, yet so talented. He also has formal schooling in cinema. He is also familiar with the Bengali culture. All these have contributed towards his personality and beliefs. His knows what he wants to achieve.
So I think ‘Antim Swash Sundor’ is going to be a different kind of film. There is a good packaging, too, which people are surely going to enjoy.
CalcuttaTube: Please tell us something about your character in ‘Antim Swash Sundor’.
Subrat Dutta: I play Prem Sengupta in ‘Antim Swash Sundor.’ Indrani Halder plays my wife Bibha in the film. Prem is a middle class man employed in a firm. But today’s consumerism affects him in some way. He does not understand all these ultra-modern concepts like points of purchase, sales, or window shopping. This never ending demand for luxury and comfort disturbs him.
One day this guy finds a pendant and his life changes. His only focus becomes how to earn money. He destroys his human and moral values. He starts cheating. He enters the elite class society, reaches the maximum of point of success, but at a very great cost.
At this point, his wife’s values too are compromised. And the worst of all things is that his daughter gets kidnapped by his opponents, and according to doctors she may have been sexually abused. This was his turning point. He bursts out.
He now starts realizing what all this success things is and what for – the people he has been earning money for are in pain. He looks back, recalls the pendant incident. Here comes in a mystic character played by Paran Bandopadhhyay. This character may be his inner self, conscience. The story goes on in real and surreal phases and the pendant is metaphorical.
Once you do evil things you have to pay a high price for that. The film ends on this note and raises certain questions like how much success one needs in life and to what extent should the individual go for that. In reality if we run after the success we dream of, what consequences it may bring.
The movie deals with – family life, social life, private life, moral values. ‘Antim Swash’ is not a physical death, but a moral one.
CalcuttaTube: In the film, the character of Prem gets lost in concepts that he once disliked. Is it the person responsible for this moral death or the system?
Subrat Dutta: In the film there are certain situations that are responsible for this. However, I personally feel that it depends on the individual. When looking for success, there should be certain parameters one should watch for.
In real life, most people speak ‘half truth’, or do a little bit of cheating and things like that. I am not judging or commenting on that, however. It is just a fact. The question is that how far you are morally going to compromise to achieve something. Many a times, we see that if we cannot reach the top, we try to drag people down so that we can become relatively superior to others.
CalcuttaTube: So what is the moral of the story? Is there any particular message the film conveys?
Subrat Dutt: Life is very complicated. We should not be allured by outer things. Nor should we try to cross our limits. The message is simply personal. Heaven and hell exist right here. If you cross your boundaries, you have to suffer for your wrong-doings in this very life.
In the film, when Prem Sengupta gets the pendant, steals or starts cheating others, he cheats himself, too. Both he and his wife get used in the high class society. But the unfortunate incident that happens in his kid’s life brings him back to his senses.
The film touches different slices of life. For example, the elite lifestyle, a gigolo character; but these are not the heart of the story. The realization of the protagonist character is an important part.
CalcuttaTube: How much of this gigolo thing has been explored in Bengali movies? Recently we saw one in Atanu Ghosh’s Angshuman er Chhobi.
Subrat Dutta: I would not say that it is totally new, but not many directors get into this subject or explore it.
CalcuttaTube: Is the Bengali audience matured enough for a gigolo character?
Subrat Dutta: I think they are. Bengali cinema does not have a large audience who come to theatres. But the people who do come, are very matured.
And I think that we are kind of responsible for this too. There was a period when the Bengalees went to the movie halls. But in recent times, we mostly make remakes of South Indian films here. I myself have done film like that. I think we are somewhere failing to hit the right notes. The audience of this time is more biased towards telefilms and TV serials.
I myself always try to involve in quality films that will carry some sort of meaning.
CalcuttaTube: Please share your experience working with Indrani Haldar.
Subrat Dutta: This is an interesting experience for me. I have worked with Indrani in this film. Then I also have worked with Sreelekha Mitra in Ardhangini Ardhasatya, and Rituparna Sengupta in Chaturanga. They are all senior to me. Then in ‘Achin Pakhi’ I worked with Manali, who is the youngest star.
I am lucky to work with so many brilliant actresses. They are all so good. They all know their job well, and are very professional to work with. And every time I work, I learn something from my co-actors which it even more enjoyable.
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