The Prosenjit Chatterjee-starrer Bengali film ‘Jaatishwar’ is in the race for India’s official entry to the Oscars. The film, which released on January 17, has already won four National Awards; Best Male Playback Singer, Best Costume Design, Best Music Direction and Best Makeup Artist.
When contacted, the actor said, “I am happy and proud to be part of the movie. I did expect the film to do well and even receive critical acclaim for it.” Earlier he had tweeted, “Thnks n proud dat d hrdwrk of team #Jaatishwar has bn paid n it is being selected for Oscar (sic).” is in the race to become the Indian entry at the Oscars along with about nine stupendous films. And the competition will become tougher after September 10, the last date of submission. Yes, I am just happy telling stories, I don’t expect anything.”
Reliance Entertainment’s venture ‘Jaatishwar’ revolves around the notable works of Anthony Firingee (Hensman Anthony), a 19th-century Bengali language folk poet of Portuguese origin, along with other supporting characters. The time frame of the storyline criss-crosses between 19th and 21st centuries.
“Unfortunately Suchitra Sen passed away the day ‘Jaatishwar ‘released. TV channels ran programmes dedicated to the veteran actress, hence it was assumed that the theatres were shut as part of the mourning. Normally mine and Srijit’s films are packed to the house right from the opening day, but this time the film picked up at the box-office only on Sunday, with almost 88 to 100 per cent occupancy,” the superstar had stated in an earlier interview.
For the first time ever, a Bengali film was released in more than 20 cities in India like Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Vashi, Delhi, Jamshedpur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Baroda, Dhanbad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Indore, Raipur, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati and Chennai. Outside Bengal, ‘Jaatishwar’ was released with English subtitles.