RBN Web Desk: Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, the cult fantasy adventure film directed by Satyajit Ray, may return on the big screen next year, albeit in a new avatar, with a new story. Incidentally, 2019 marks the golden jubilee year of the film’s release, which has since been acknowledged as one of the most accomplished musicals in the history of Indian cinema.
According to a leading English daily, director Anindya Chatterjee has already had several rounds of talks with the managing director of Priya Entertainments Arijit Dutta, in this regard. Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne was produced by Ashim Dutta and Arijit’s grandfather Nepal Dutta. Both producers hailed from the same family and were the owners of Purnima Pictures. Arijit now owns the film rights of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne.
Anindya is presently busy filming Manojder Adbhut Bari based on a Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay story. He had earlier directed Open Tee Bioscope in 2015 and Projaputi Biskut in 2017.
Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne had two more films in the series. Hirak Rajar Deshe, directed by Ray, released in 1980, and Goopy Bagha Phire Elo, directed by his son Sandip Ray, opened in 1992. Both films were produced by the West Bengal government.
Sandip had earlier ruled out returning Goopy and Bagha on the big screen, since according to him, a film in the series without Tapen Chatterjee and Robi Ghosh is untenable. Tapen and Robi had played Goopy and Bagha respectively in all the three films. The only way the series could be taken forward, Sandip had said, is by introducing Goopy and Bagha’s sons as the protagonists.
It is not yet known, even if things fall in place, whether the new project will be a reboot of the franchise, an independent story, or a sequel to the 1992 film.
Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne was adapted from a 20-page short story written by Satyajit’s grandfather Upendrakishore Roychowdhury. The film was first conceived in 1962 but was delayed several years because of finance issues.