RBN Web Desk: Author-filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s ‘Ek Dojon Goppo’ is all set to inspire voters to cast their ballot in the upcoming general election. The Bengali short story collection was first published in 1970 and has had numerous editions. The book has been translated to English, Hindi, and other Indian languages.
The Election Commission (EC) of India, it has been learnt, will shoot a series of 12 short films titled Ek Dojon Goppo to attract people of the Kolkata Uttar (north) parliamentary constituency to come out and vote. Kolkata Uttar recorded 66 percent voter turnout during the 2014 Lok Sabha election. The constituency saw the lowest voting percentage among all the 42 parliamentary seats in West Bengal. The state had recorded 82.2 percent polling in 2014. Even Kolkata Dakshin (south) bettered its northern counterpart with 69.3 percent voting.
Speaking to a leading English daily, north Kolkata district electoral officer Dibyendu Sarkar, said that they have borrowed the name of Ray’s short story collection to attract voters to the polling booth. People in West Bengal, Sarkar said, love stories and storytelling and they will be able to connect to these short films.
The films will be shot in the Kolkata Uttar constituency. It will show the lanes, bylanes, and the entire neighbourhood. Each story will have one protagonist who will explain the importance of voting.
Kolkata Uttar goes to polls on 19 May.
Pic: The Indian Express