RBN Web Desk: Pupa, probably the first Bengali film on passive euthanasia, is all set to hit the screens on 20 July. The film was earlier slated to release on 1 June. It has Rahul Banerjee, Sudipta Chakraborty, Kamaleshwar Mukherjee, and Pradip Mukherjee in lead roles.
Directed by independent filmmaker Indrasis Acharya, Pupa was stuck for long with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) because of its supposed controversial theme.
A five-member Supreme Court constitution bench chaired by chief justice Dipak Mishra, on 9 March, ruled that advance living will and passive euthanasia are permissible in India.
Indrasis then moved the censor board office at Mumbai for a certification. The CBFC Mumbai office awarded a U/A certificate (parental guidance for children aged 12 or below), and recommended to put a disclaimer, stating that the film doesn’t promote mercy killing. It also suggested to blur the manufacturer’s label on a vial and syringe shown in the film.
Pupa tells the story of Subhro (Rahul) who comes to Kolkata from the US, within a year of joining work, as his mother dies. He is ready to return to his workplace when his father (Pradip) suffers a cerebral attack. Subhro’s uncle (Kamaleshwar) tells him to shrug off the emotional baggage and head back to the US. As Subhro hesitates, his fiancé who is pursuing her PhD in that country, goes back. Sudipta plays Subhro’s sister in the film.