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House of Horror: Therein lies ‘an exciting crime thriller, a commercial venture’

City-based Manjori Opera group set to stage ‘Debjani’s Skeleton Mystery’.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: June 21, 2015 1:52:13 am
Robinson Street, kolkata house of horror, Partha De, Arabinda De, kolkata house, kolkata news, bengal news, Indian Express Gautam Chakrabarty, owner of Manjori Opera Yatra group, showing posters of the upcoming stage production, ‘Debjani Kankal Rahasya’, in north Kolkata on Saturday. (Source: Express Photo by Subham Dutta)

With each revelation adding to the mystery surrounding the Robinson Street house, it’s not just the police and the common populace that are holding their breaths as they wait for some semblance of clarity to put a lid on the horrifying tale of dead living alongside the alive ones. There is also a Kolkata-based opera group that is closely monitoring each development, although with a certain “excitement”.

Manjori Opera, a Yatra group that specialises in stage productions for which it picks “latest popular themes”, has chosen the De family’s ordeal for its next show which, by the group’s own admission, has all the ingredients of “a crime thriller of an unprecedented nature”.

“I am really excited. The script is 75 per cent ready but we will have to wait for the Hyderabad DNA test report of the skeletons to confirm if those were of Debjani’s,” said Gautam Chakrabarty, owner of Manjori Opera group who has titled the show ‘Debjani Kankal Rahasya (Debjani’s Skeleton Mystery).’

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“We can’t deviate from the facts but we will have to keep the commercial aspect in mind. We are combining both,” said Chakrabarty who is “happy” that two bookings of the show have already been confirmed, one in Burdwan and another in West Midnapore.

“More are expected,” he adds as he narrates how the group has already engaged people in securing skeletons and other articles needed to give the production “a surreal touch”.

The mysterious findings of a family living with skeletal remains of one of its members and the pets is not an everyday case for the police which has been scampering to connect the dots ever since the suicide of septuagenarian Arabinda De opened the doors to this horror house in 3, Robinson Street. His son Partho De, the sole living member of the family who, according to the police, kept the news of his sister Debjani and two dogs’ death from his father for “several months”, is recovering at Pavlov Mental Hospital.

In the past, the group has held production shows on the hanging of rapist Dhananjoy Chatterjee, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and a trilogy on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (‘Mahakaran e Mamata’, Ghare Ghare Mamata, and Maa Mati Manush er Mamata).

“But this assignment (Robinson Street Skeleton Mystery) is a complex one as it is the episode of a man preserving the body of his sister for over six months and of two dogs for a longer period. The incident has stirred the people’s mind and so for the production, I will have to keep all these in mind. It is a challenging task,” said the script writer, Raja Sarkar.

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