As Bauddhayan Mukherji’s keenly expected debut film Teenkahon released on 11th September 2015, I had a sense of déjà vu as an audience member.
It is because of the similarities between the film with another debut that took place about nine years back. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Anuranan made a mark and gave birth to a filmmaker in the talent-starved Bangla film industry.
Let’s look at the common chord of the two films-
- Both the filmmakers, Bauddhayan and Aniruddha are successful ad filmmakers working for national brands in Mumbai and had a long cherished wish of debuting in filmmaking with a Bengali film. Their experience of making ad films has resulted in good production value of their films without an indulgent budget at disposal.
- Both have diligently saved money to produce their own film (as it was least likely to find the right producer who would support a debutant’s vision and let him make the film his way). Bauddhayan has even gone to the extent of saying that filmmaking was the end and ad filmmaking was the means to it.
- Indrani Mukherjee, the wife of Aniruddha was one of the producers, while Monalisa Mukhopadhyay, the better half of Bauddhayan took charge of production of Teenkahon and broke a few of her fixed deposits in the process.
- Both the films star Rituparna Sengupta.
- Both the films are relationship tale.
- Both the directors have written their films with a co-writer. Abhinandan Banerjee collaborated with Buddhayan on screenplay and dialogue and Aniruddha’s co-wrote his film with Gaurav Shukno Lanka Pandey.
- The films are backed by big houses from Hindi film industry. While Anuranan was presented by Shemaroo, Viacom 18 is distributing Teenkahon.
- Now the least of the similarities- While Teenkahon has won accolades in film festivals all over the world, unlike Anuranan, both the directors won the Aravindan Puraskaram from Thiruvananthapuram before release.
Looking forward to how Teenkahon is received by the audience.
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