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Shubho Bijoya - A Mishti Love Story
On the auspicious day of Mahalaya, I take immense pleasure in sharing our next Hindi film #ShubhoBijoya with super talented couple #GurmeetChoudhury and Debina Bonnerjee as the lead couple. They will be seen together on screen after 11 years since their mega epic Ramayan. I thank my producer Aritra Das, Bilquis Kapadia and Gaurav Daga for making this possible. Thank you Ekta Bhattacharjee for this first look, and entire team for the support.
Need your love and blessings.
Happy Durga Puja in advance. @guruchoudhary@debinabon@imaritrads@amppvtltd@ektabhattacharjee#assortedmotionpictures#geedeeproductions
Ekti Noti'r Upakhyan: Binodini Dasi
Extremely happy to announce the teaser poster of my first Bengali full length feature film based on the life of Bengal's first female superstar Binodini Dasi.
135 years ago, on 21st of September, Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa visited Star Theatre in North Kolkata to watch Chaitanya Lila, a Bengali play based on the life of Mahaprabhu. After the play, he was very keen on meeting the actor who played the role of Mahaprabhu. Ramkrishna was surprised when the playwright Girish Chandra Ghosh informed that it was enacted by a courtesan turned actress Binodini Dasi. Breaking the social taboo he blessed her saying, "Ma tor chaitanya hok"
This move of Ramkrishna, the priest of Dakineshwar Kali Temple wasn't appreciated. The first repercussions came from the Brahmo Samaj. Hemendranath Dasgupta wrote: ‘Many people of the Brahmo Samaj stopped visiting Ramakrishna. After Keshab Sen passed away on 8 January 1884, Vijaykrishna Goswami became devoted to Ramkrishna. Shivanath Shastri, however, stopped visiting. Some people asked Shivanath: “Previously you were devoted to Ramkrishna. Why do you not visit him anymore?” Shivanath replied: “How can I go to see him? He is now connected with prostitutes who acts in theatre. I can’t go to Dakshineswar anymore.” Meanwhile, Amar Datta, the editor of Natya Mandir, used Ramkrishna’s picture on the cover of one of the magazine’s issues. That created further up roar.
At that time, the magazines and papers connected with the Bengali stage gave tremendous importance to Ramkrishna’s visits to the theatre. Until Ramkrishna sanctified the theatre with his presence, most Bengalis considered houses of ill repute and theatres to be more or less the same. Ramkrishna’s patronage lifted the taboo. Going to see plays became socially acceptable.
Basanta Kumar Ghosh wrote an article entitled ‘Bengali Women and the Theatre’ in Natya Mandir: "Being impressed with their artistic skill and performances, Shri Ramkrishna blessed the courtesan actress. It was a great achievement of an actress (Binodini), who brought a great soul to the theatre and sanctified it." Thank you Pallavi Nandann for this teaser poster.