Raajhorshee De’s ‘Abbar Kanchenjungha’ is a tribute to Satyajit Ray and after much delay due to the pandemic and lockdown, the special tribute film is finally releasing in theatres on April 1, 2022. The release announcement has made everyone excited about this film as it has an ensemble cast and a refreshing story that can well be a complete family entertainer.
But why Kanchenjungha? Did the inspiration come from the turmoil of a particular family with Darjeeling as the backdrop or the magic of Satyajit Ray that was woven, presenting the cluster of peaks that remain side by side, and yet are very different from each other? How different is Raajhorshee De’s ‘Abbar Kanchenjungha’ from Ray’s Kanchenjungha?
Raajhorshee tried to weave a story of Darjeeling, Christmas and Kanchenjungha in his film paying homage to Satyajit Ray. Ray’s ‘Kanchenjungha’, the 1962 Bengali classic, which had the enriched cinematography of his trusted hand Subrata Mitra, was all about a Bengali family vacationing in Darjeeling and had captured the beauty of the hills.
“Our film is a direct tribute to the master. Abar Kanchanjhungha’ is a celebration of life.” The director shares in an interview.
“It’s a complete family film celebrating nostalgia, Bangaliana, Christmas celebrations in the enchanting location of Darjeeling with Kanchenjhungha as a background. I wanted to tell a story of a family which still believes in magic and miracles, still celebrates the nostalgia of being together, eating together and spending Christmas together. Films like Kanchenjungha, Utsab inspired me a lot to tell this story,” De added.
‘Abar Kanchanjhungha’ has an ensemble cast including Kaushik Sen, Saswata Chatterjee, Tnusree Chakraborty, Anindya Chatterjee, Rahul Arunoyday Banerjee, Bidipta Chakraborty and Padmanabha Dasgupta among others. The film will also see singer Rupankar Bagchi in a key role.
“I have tried my best to retain the flavour of ‘Kanchenjungha’ in each and every frame,” the director said, while Saswata Chatterjee says he instantly liked the story as the way it has been scripted is great.