The West Bengal landscape offers a breathtaking canvas for filmmakers but unfortunately it remains unexplored,claimed experts at a panel discussion on the challenges faced by Bengali cinema at the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI) on Friday.
Renowned actor Prosenjit Chatterji rued the fact that Bengali filmmakers choose foreign locales to shoot their films even though the state is blessed with immense beauty. We have mountains in north and exquisite mangroves in south,besides vast verdant forests. These locations are a great backdrop for any filmmaker. Yet,we shoot our films outside the state, he said.
The actor also talked about the possibilities of promoting the Bengali cinema. Bengali is the sixth most widely-spoken language in the world. If we can reach out to these people we will have a huge market, the King of Tollywood said.
Arijit Dutta,the owner of Priya cinema and the vice-president of Eastern India Motion Picture Association,said: I wonder why we dont release our films in Bangladesh. They are hugely popular there and Bangladesh will be a huge market for us.
Filmmaker Goutam Haldar stressed upon the need to produce quality cinema. We shouldnt categorise films as cerebral and commercial. We should strive to make good films as its important to strike a chord with the audience, he said. The speakers also asked the government to take note of the poor condition of studios. We dont have proper studios and hence are forced to go out of the state to make our films. With state-of-the art studios in Bengal,we will not have to spend money outside, he said.