A film themed on Durga Puja during the tumultuous partition of Bengal is due to be released early next month.
The film, titled ‘Curzoner Kalom’ (Curzon’s Pen),is a fictional account of Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy, leaving behind his gold pen after he inaugurated a Durga Puja at an affluent household of North Kolkata in 1905 and the events unfolding after that, according to the director Souvik Mitra, who mentioned this during the film’s launch.
‘ Lord Curzon came to inaugurate a Durga Puja in Mitra Bari of north Calcutta and gifted a golden pen to the family. This was the pen he had used to sign the papers of partition. The pen was lost in the chaos that prevailed when the local people started agitating outside the house,’ he said.
A newcomer Poulami Das plays the role of Pupu,the present-generation member of Mitra household, who fished out the missing pen with the help of her childhood friend Tatu, enacted by a young and popular actor Saheb Bhattacharya.
‘Pupu decodes the last few words spoken by Panchubrata, the veteran Mitra household member who was present during Lord Curzon’s visit to the house,’ the director said.
‘We tried to combine two important features that intrigued Bengalis across ages -the pain of partition, when people speaking the same dialect were suddenly separated by a wall, and the Bengali’s sentimental attachment to the Puja,’ Souvik said.
An Englishman in the city enacts the role of Lord Curzon in the film which also casts several well-known faces of the Tollygunge industry.
‘Curzoner Kalom’ belongs to the adventure genre and had resonance with Ray’s ‘Sonar Kella’ and Bengali science fiction ‘Patalghar’ by Abhijit Chowdhury, the director said. The music of the film, to be released on November 3, was composed by Debojyoti Mishra.