Tapan Sinha was about to begin his last film, Teen Murti, in October 2006. He had completed the script based on his own story and had also completed the musical score for the songs. But he fell ill before he could begin shooting and the film remained incomplete. R.A. Jalan of Gaurang Films, noted for being loyal only to Tapan Sinha as producer, decided to complete the film after Sinha passed away in January this year. Jalan, the founder-proprietor of Gaurang Films, earlier made National and International Award winning films directed by Sinha. Among these are Harmonium, Safed Haathi, Aaj Ka Robinhood and Anokha Moti.
“It was initially for a Doordarshan project because we did not wish to get into film at that time. He developed the story and script accordingly and we also got the music recorded. We had plans to begin shooting on October 06 last year. But he fell ill and never recovered. Some time during Tapan-da’s illness, filmmaker Raja Sen had approached me. He said he wanted to direct the film under Tapan-da’s guidance. After Tapan-da passed away, I asked Raja Sen to direct the film. I chose him over others because he was keen to direct it yet stick to the script of Tapan-da. It was later modified by Manoj Mitra, the noted playwright who is also doing an important role in the film. As producers, we gave him complete freedom to treat the film as he wished.”
Teen Murti is about three old friends, Naren, Nagen and Nobin who go for morning walks together, after they have retired. The film depicts how the three friends, tired of their post-retirement, unhappy and painful domestic life, change their life into a purposeful, respectable and busy one by opening a tea stall, instead of leading a way of passive retrospection senior citizens are prone to. Filled with full of comedy, emotions, human sentiments, Teen Murti, typical of any Tapan Sinha film, promises wholesome family entertainment besides the message it gives for senior citizens as to how they can lead a meaningful life. The entire film has been shot on location and has a natural feel to it, necessary to sustain the everyday mood of the film.
“I chose Raja Sen over others because he was keen to direct it yet stick to the script of Tapan-da. It was later modified by Manoj Mitra, the noted playwright who is also doing an important role in the film. Raja Sen is a gifted director who has won several National Awards for his films such as Damu, children’s film and Atmiyo Swajan, also on an aged couple. He has also made a documentary of Tapan-da. We have organized a unique premier where Pronam, a NGO that works for and with senior citizens, will arrange to bring in 80 to 100 elderly people for the premiere at Kolkata’s Nandan on December 11,” sums up Jalan.
BY Shoma A. Chatterji