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WB: Mamata government-owned theatre refuses to screen 'Kagojer Nouka'


Sougata Mukhopadhyay, CNN-IBN
May 14, 2013 at 12:25pm IST

Kolkata: A West Bengal government owned film centre in Kolkata has reportedly refused to screen a movie on the chit fund scam. State-owned Nandan film centre says it will not screen the movie 'Kagojer Nouka' (which means Paper boat).

The movie's director has alleged that the cinema hall authorities have not previewed the film despite submitting documents well in advance.

The film has also not found any takers among multi-plexes in Kolkata. Out of 45 theatres booked for the release of the film across Bengal, the film has been released in only 24.

'Kagojer Nouka' or 'The Paper Boat' metaphorically means an object that doesn't stay afloat for a long time. Incidentally, the film stars Dadasaheb Phalke-winner Soumitra Chatterjee playing the character of the prototype of Saradha boss and scamster Sudipta Sen.

Director Partha Sarathi Jowardar had said that he conceived this cinematic adaptation of the chit fund collapse seven months ago in anticipation of such a disaster waiting to happen. He also mobilised a thorough research on the operations of ponzi scheme companies. But he admitted that the film's timing was a mere coincidence.

"Chit fund companies collect deposits with the intention of swindling them away. People keep their hard-earned money in such schemes in the hope of high interests and get cheated," Partha Sarathi Jowardar said.

Companies running ponzi schemes have pooled in around Rs 40 crore of annual investment in the Bangla film industry. With the noose of police and regulatory bodies tightening around them, most are likely to wind up. Jowardar knows that there are people like him who would stand by Bengal's film and television fraternity.

Artistic response apart the phenomenon, which has and would keep having a deep impact at all levels of the society as more and more companies go bust, is bound to evoke similar reactions from different corners. The state government is grappling for a solution but respite for victims is nowhere in sight.

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