Trailer of the movie “Mahalaya”
For every Bengali, Mahalaya morning begins with Mahishasur Mardini. The feeling of Mahalaya and Durga Puja is incomplete without hearing this musical written by Baani Kumar, composed by Pankaj Mullick and recited by Birendra Krishna Bhadra. This combination of songs and sholkas was an instant hit among the listeners since 1931 when All India Radio Kolkata broadcast it for the first time. Since then many TV channels , digital media and music companies has came up with several alternatives but none of those could compete with the original Mahishasur Mardini. Even the stardom of the most popular actor Uttam Kumar had failed to beat it’s popularity. Many people from the younger generation of today may not be aware of this infamous incident from 1976, when AIR Kolkata tried with an alternative of Birendra Krishna Bhadra with the voice of Uttam Kumar. It turned into a disastrous experiment as the response of the listeners was extremely negative. Even a group of angry crowd had tried to attack AIR office too to show their protest. Finally AIR had to air the original version on the day of Shashthi. After that they never tried to experiment with the emotions of the listeners. This infamous incident of 1976 will now be told in big screen in the upcoming film aptly titled as Mahalaya.
The film has been directed by Soumik Sen who is making his first Bengali film. Earlier he had made two hindi films Gulaab Gang and Why Cheat India. Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee is producing the film under his production house Nideas Cretaions. He will also appear in a small but significant character. Jisshu Sengupta is playing Uttam Kumar and Birendra Krishna Bhadra has benn played by Shubhashis Mukhopadhyay. Also actor Shubhomoy Chatterjee is doing the character of Pankaj Mallick. Apart from them there is Kanchan Mallick and Saptarshi Roy, Anindya Chatterjee in other supporting characters.
Recently the trailer of the film has been released and one cant ignore that both Shubhashis Mukherjee and Jisshu Sengupta are looking so convincing in their on screen characters. The film will be released on March 1, till then enjoy the trailer :