Bengali period drama about Binoy-Badal-Dinesh revolutionaries hits screens by January next year

The killing of tyrant British police officer NS Simpson, who had gained notoriety for his atrocities against freedom fighters, by three revolutionaries on December 8, 1930, was filmed on celluloid in a Bengali period film to raise awareness of the young generation to exploits.

Director Arun Roy told PTI he named the film 8/12 which chronicles in detail the turbulent times 91 years ago when the three revolutionaries – Binay Krishna Basu, Badal Gupta and Dinesh Gupta – burst in the Writer’s Building dressed in European attire. and shot Lt. Col. NS Simpson of IG (Prisons).

“While people around the world are talking about 9/11, the date of 8/12 in 1930 has fallen into oblivion, which is very regrettable. My intention is to relate in the language of cinema the sacrifice of these three young Their sacrifice had paved the way to our independence,” said Roy, who had previously made period films like Egaro (about an Indian club’s historic victory over the British in 1911).

Of the three revolutionaries, only Dinesh survived and was later hanged to death after being convicted by the British court system at the time.

Roy, who had previously made a biopic on one of the pioneers of Indian cinema Hiralal Sen, specified that the filming of the sequences was done on the place of occurrence of the Writer’s Building which has largely preserved the facade of the 1930s. .

Many parts of the building are in ruins, so our art department had to do work that included VFX technology to replicate that era, he added.

Stating that the film was based on research for some time, Roy said “we wanted to explore what was going through the minds of these three young men in their early twenties that they took such a risk, maybe be too aware of their fate”.

When asked if the film would be able to answer these questions, he said: “We tried, but it’s up to the audience to decide. We thought it was important to tell an important part of the struggle for freedom in Bengal that hasn’t been portrayed so much in a previous film.

Roy said the film was not a documentary or a docu-film per se, but a feature film based on true stories of an important saga of Bengal’s freedom struggle in which the role of the revolutionaries who taken the path of armed revolution cannot be suppressed.

When asked, Roy said the script also looked at the origin and background of the three people, their family and friends, as well as their environment and whether it shaped their opinions and helped them. to become patriots.

Kinjal Nanda (Binay), Arna Mukherjee (Badal), and Remoo (Dinesh) tried out for the role of three leads which also featured veteran actors Saswata Chatterjee and Kharaj Mukherjee, among others.

The film will tentatively hit the big screen by January next year, he said.

Thelma J. Longworth