Barrackpore: Eight days after Bhobishyoter Bhoot was pulled out from all theatres in Kolkata, the film has managed to draw in houseful crowds at Jayanti cinema hall, in the second week of its release. The suburban theatre is probably the only hall where the film is still running.
Bhobishyoter Bhoot, directed by Anik Dutta, released on 15 February but was taken off within a day. Multiplex and single screen owners in Kolkata cited instructions from a ‘higher authority’ as the reason behind the pullout.
Chandannagar resident Anirban Roy Choudhury who watched the film today, told RBN, “Bhobishyoter Bhoot is a wonderful political satire. The film has attacked the hypocrisies of all major political parties in the state. It’s brilliantly written, packed with witty dialogues, and left the audience in splits with the pun. The film is extremely relevant for our times.”
Roy Choudhury was echoed by Nilima Devi who too watched the film today. “It’s perhaps understandable why Bhobishyoter Bhoot was not allowed to release. No political party will take the content in proper spirit. The film has launched a scathing attack on chit fund scams, land grabbing, and political muscle power that are rampant in our state,” the septuagenarian said.
Jayanti cinema hall authorities claimed that Bhobishyoter Bhoot is running sold out shows even on weekdays.
The film has Barun Chanda, Chandrayee Ghosh, Kaushik Sen, Sumanta Mukherjee, and Paran Bandopadhyay in major roles. Sen plays the main antagonist in the film.
The withdrawal of Bhobishyoter Bhoot from all theatres in Kolkata has met with strong protests. Leading actors, educationists, and theatre activists have since rallied support behind the film.