29 September, 2020

Anjan Dutt

The Bong Connection, a film directed by the actor-singer, has just been released. And Bow Barracks Forever will follow soon.

Anjan Dutt
The Bong Connection takes a fresh look at Ray’s Apu Trilogy. Was it consciously done?

Yes. I tried to look at today’s Apu. It takes off from Bengal, Bibhutibhushan and Ray.

How have Bengalis reacted to the film?

I think they are waiting for a breakthrough. They are tired of ’60s values. In music there has been a sea change, but not otherwise.

Do you see a perceptible change among probashi (expatriate) Bengalis?

Yes, they have broken away from the sentimental stuff we were always known for. In music we no longer sing in the typical ‘naeka’ style. Then why not in cinema too?

What ails them?

They live in a time-warp, or believe that urban audiences identify with arthouse culture. Why have we chosen to stop celebrating?

You belong to an era when references to the City of Joy as dying offended people.

I do belong to a Calcutta which had dynamism, sense of wit and a boisterous attitude towards life but I am not over-sensitive about my city.

Do you see changes anywhere in...



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