RBN Web Desk: Leading filmmaker Goutam Ghose is all set to make a documentary on East Bengal Football Club. The documentary will be a part of the club’s centenary celebrations which is due in two years time.
The documentary will chronicle all the important events in the club’s 100-year old history, including the achievements of the legendary Pancha Pandavas (Appa Rao, Ahmed Khan, P Venkatesh, PB Saleh, and Dhanraj) and the epochal Asean Cup win in 2003.
A major part of the documentary will also show the social contribution of East Bengal in the days leading up to and after the Partition. A huge section of the displaced population from either side of Bengal had expressed solidarity to the club and sought emancipation through football. The film will also highlight the lesser known footballers and officials who immensely contributed to the success of one of the most popular clubs in South Asia.
A source in the production informed the media that it will take some time to finalise the script. The research is currently underway. Ghose, a 16-time National Award winner, will direct the documentary. Shooting is expected to begin in January and the production team will interview several former and current footballers, historians, researchers, sportspersons from other fields, and people who have been associated with the club. That aside, a special section will be designated for the legendary Kolkata derby between the club and arch rivals Mohun Bagan.
According to senior East Bengal official Goutam Roy, the 50-minute documentary will narrate unheard incidents about the club, which not many people are aware of.