Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty’s movie ‘Projapati’ did not get a slot in the West Bengal government-run film centre ‘Nandan’ for screening.
Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty and Bengali superstar Dev’s movie ‘Projapati’ was not given a slot in the West Bengal government-run film centre ‘Nandan’ for screening. The movie was released last Friday, along with two other Bengali films.
TMC MP and Bengali superstar Dev produced the movie. Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty, who joined the BJP during the last assembly election in West Bengal, also played an important role in the film. However, the rest of the two movies were listed for screening.
The entire episode got engulfed in political controversy, with the opposition parties questioning the government’s decision as the movie happens to have Mithun Chakraborty.
Bengali superstar Mithun Chakraborty was not invited to the inauguration program of the Kolkata international film festival just because he is in the BJP. Dev was also forced to contest the election; he wasn’t willing to do the same. Today in West Bengal, if you don’t support the TMC, you will not get the hall to release your film,” said former BJP state president Dilip Ghosh.
On the other hand, Kolkata mayor and West Bengal Minister Firhad Hakim said, “The reason for not getting a show at Nandan is booked slots. Those associated with the respective film must complete the booking in advance. This booking is not in the hands of the chief minister. The letter may not have been given for the film ‘Prajapati’ earlier. So it is not true that his film did not get the show because Mithun Chakraborty is there. Dev is also in that film
Earlier this year, another film named ‘Aporajito’ directed by Anik Dutta, was also not given a slot in Nandan for screening. This film was based on legendary Bengali film director Satyajit Ray. The director of this film, Anik Dutta, is known as a strong critic of the state’s ruling party, Trinamool Congress.