Now, movie inspired by Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee set to release
The Election Commission may have stalled the release of a biopic on PM Narendra Modi, but the producers of a film based on the life of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is all set to release this election season. Titled "Baghini - Bengal Tigress", the film has recently obtained clearance from the censor board.
Director Nehal Dutta claims that his film is not a biopic but a story inspired by the TMC supremo's journey in life. "Unlike Modi's film, ours is not a biopic. You can say we have been inspired by her (Mamata Banerjee). She is an iconic figure. It is an emotional story about women's empowerment," Dutta told India Today TV.
Touted as a story of an ordinary girl's rise to the CM's chair, the film traces Banerjee's rise in politics, from her dogged street fighter to becoming the first woman CM of Bengal. The film's producer and screenwriter Pinky Pal says the aim was to portray the fascinating journey of an ordinary woman on celluloid.
"Be it Sarojini Naidu or a Jayalalitha, they have their own story to tell and it should inspire women all over the country," Pal says.
"There is nothing as such which can affect political sentiments. We have got universal certificate and everybody can watch the film. There is no propaganda here," she adds.
Under production since 2015, the film got censor clearance recently, says the filmmaker and therefore its release has been scheduled in this poll season to go with the flavour.
Theatre actor Ruma Chakraborty, who plays the lead role, says she prepared for her character by watching Banerjee's speeches on television.
"It is not easy to portray such a living legend. I saw several videos of her, tried to practice her mannerisms, the way she conducts herself," she says. Her trademark rubber slippers,white cotton sari and an inimitable stride, all of it have been replicated on silver screen and Chakraborty only hopes she gets an endorsement from the person who matters the most - Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The film's trailer shows references to Banerjee's Singur and Nandigram stir that catapulted her to power in 2011.
Meanwhile, the CPI(M) has submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission seeking a stay on the release of the film. "Earlier Modi biopic was stopped by the commission. There is one more biopic on Mamata Banerjee, so we feel in all fairness that one should also not see the light of the day before elections are over," CPI(M) leader Nilotpal Basu said on Monday.