Mamata Banerjee’s life inspires Bengali film ‘Baghini’
Kolkata : A film inspired by the life and struggles of West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee i set to hit the screens before the Assembly election, this year.
The film titled “Baghini” (The Tigress) was made after three years of research on the leader, director of the film Nehal Dutta said.
The filmmaker said he took help of articles, biographies and news video clippings to sketch the life story of the politician in the film.
He, however, insisted that it was not intended to be a biopic of Banerjee.
“We have sought to give a message that a woman can reall scale such a height by sheer determination, struggle an triumph over obstacles,” the director told PTI on the sidelines of the trailer launch.
Dutta said that no known political organisation, active in West Bengal has been directly named in the film.
He explained that real-life references were inevitable when sourcing materials from the public domain.
“However, we have consciously kept away from controversies and it is a non-political movie,” he said.
With 99 per cent work done, the director is aiming at an April release, but is prepared to defer it if there is any ‘development’. “In that case, we will release it after the elections,” he said.
Ruma Chakroborty plays the female lead in the film. “Nehal’s brief was to talk in a voice little louder, rather in an assertive tone. And since I had already portrayed the same personality in a Jatra production in 2013, I could understand what he wanted,” she said.
“I recall how people approached me to sort out their problems after each show in interior villages in 2013 having mistaken me for Didi. So when Baghini went on floors in 2015, I felt it was easier to grasp her mannerism, character traits and understand her ability to connect with the people.”
As expected, the story begins from the protagonist’s surprise landslide victory from a south Kolkata constituency in 1984 to script history.