Bollywood’s courtship with homosexuality is not new. Be it, on-screen, gay relationship or same sex love. Movies on LGBT have often touched upon the sensitive issue of Homosexuality.
Indian filmmakers like Deepa Meheta, Onir, Hansal Meheta, Kaushik Ganguly have depicted the issue in their films. And the film industry will soon add another name in this list.
With the Supreme Court delivering a landmark judgment under which Section of 377 of the Indian Penal Code has been struck down, the author turned filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s upcoming venture ‘Season’s Greetings’ seems to have become more relevant now than ever.
And here is another reason why we are claiming it relevant with the 377 verdict issue.
‘Season’s Greetings’ is a film, through which the director has planned to pay a tribute to the legendary filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh.
Not only that, the maker choose Ghosh’s 55th birth anniversary to make an official announcement about the star-cast.
This 30 minute film helmed by Ram Kamal will feature Bengali actress Paoli Dam and veteran theatre artist Lillete Dubey in the lead.
The story revolves around a mother-daughter relationship. Paoli will be seen playing the role of the daughter, and Dubey will be essaying the character of her mother.
Mukherjee is extremely happy to have two powerhouse talents in his film.
“I am extremely happy that two powerhouse talents have agreed to be a part of my film. I know the range that both Paoli and Lillete have as performers. It’s a cakewalk when you have two great actors in your film”, said the filmmaker while speaking to India-Aware.
We have learnt from Mukherjee, Hema Malini’s biographer that he has already started prepping up for his next venture “Season’s Greetings” after helming Esha Deol Thaktani in her comeback movie ‘Cakewalk’.
The director further said that the film will be shot extensively in Kolkata after the Durga Pujo this October.
And not to miss, ‘Season’s Greetings’ will also introduce the model turned actor Azhar Khan as the male protagonist.
In conversation with India Aware, while talking about the film’s casting, the director also said that he needed someone extremely talented who could pull off the role of a mother and daughter relationship brilliantly on screen, and he had a mindset that he won’t follow a conventional route about the film’s casting. He always wanted a cast-combination that would excite people.
When it comes to casting someone for a character he always keeps in his mind that the combination should be unconventional. And here goes Paoli and Lillete as mother-daughter combination.
“And of course, I needed someone who is well versed with Ritu Da’s body of work, as it is very critical and essential in my screenplay. I loved Paoli in ‘Natoker Moto’ (Bengali film) and ‘Mahanayak’ (a television series based on the legendary Bengali actor Uttam Kumar’s life) tele series. On the other hand, I have watched Lillete in almost all her stage acts. There will be fireworks on screen!” added Mukherjee.
Furthermore, when the director was questioned on his upcoming venture, about how ‘Season’s Greetings’ is relevant with the section 377 verdict, he answered that this film will always be relevant, because of its content. It’s not on Section 377 neither does it ignore the issue. And he is not making a biopic on Rituparno Ghosh, but this is one of its kind of a tribute that people have never seen on Indian screen.
Filmmakers like Onir, Deepa Meheta, Hansal Meheta and many others have made films that are relevant and inspiring, opined the director.
“Season’s Greetings” will be co-produced by Aritra Das, Shailendra Kumar, Vinay Agarwal and Yash Nagaria under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS1 Entertainments.
‘Season’s Greetings’ will also mark Ram Kamal’s first solo venture, as his first film ‘Cakewalk’ was co-directed by his friend Abhra Chakraborty, earlier who have assisted the national award winning director Bappaditya Bandhyopadhya in ‘Elar Char Adhay’.
Speaking about the development and the message he wants to leave for the society through his film, the Season’s Greetings director concluded that there is no message in particular. This is a tribute, not a biography or a remake of the same maker. It’s an experiment rather on an original story, so when viewers will watch the film they would get the essence of Rituparno Ghosh.