By Shoma A. Chatterji
It is after a very long time that Bengali cinema is tackling a film based on dance. In Icchemotir Golpo, dance is used not only as the commitment of its protagonist, Icche (Tanushree Chakraborty) but it also helps build relationships. After a long hiatus, Bengali cinema brings back the concept of ‘group’ direction after Agradoot, a group that directed several significant films in the past. The three directors helming this film are Atanu Hazra, Adinath Das and Koushik Sengupta.
When asked why three directors, Sengupta says, “Cinema is a team work. We believe that collective direction can bring out better creative results. Many have done it in the past. Instead of delegating directorial commands to an assistant, we have found that three directors work better than one. And as of now, we have not had any issues with each other. We have worked individually in the past and working together was an experiment we wished to explore.”
The film is about a young danseuse Icche, who is constantly struggling between her determination to become a great dancer and her love for Neil (Saswata Chatterjee) who is very different from Icche in every way. They still love each other but distance and other hurdles separate them and push them into different worlds.
Since this is a ‘dance’ film, the directors organised a month-long workshop on dance for the main characters conducted by noted dancer Kohinoor Sen Barat who also essays an important role in the film. The form of dance that has been created for this film is a fine blend of Uday Shankar’s Oriental Style of dance and the Shambhu Bhattacharya’s creative performances. “I do not think this kind of experiment has happened ever before in Bengali cinema,” he adds.
Barat plays Srijan who heads the group Icche joins as a dancer. He is also the main male dancer in his group. He is a closeted gay who is immediately attracted to the young Swapno (Dipankar Dutta). This adds the homosexual dimension to the film. Two characters, Madhav (Nirmalya) who works in the tea shop close to the dance school and Paran Bandopadhyay who plays a film producer, are both attracted to Icche. But what happens to the Icche-Neel love story? Neel, who is separated from Icche, becomes a very successful radio personality. Icche keeps listening to his radio programmes and enjoying his company vicariously not knowing that it is Neel. What happens to the love story through a Shiva Tandav dance promises an exciting climax.
Icchemotir Golpo is produced under the banner of Macneill Media Pvt Ltd headed by Pradip Churiwal. The music, a strong point of the film, is by Kalyan Sen Barat known for his command over conventional music schools and Tagore songs. The cast also comprises Paran Bandopadhyay, Koushik Roy, Biswajit Chakraborty, Bidpta Chakraborty, Aparajita Auddy , Biswanath Bose, Chitra Sen and others. Kohinoor Sen Barat has done the choreography.