Bengali cinema superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee's "Jaatishwar" was screened in the capital on Wednesday. A special screening for the President Shri. Pranab Mukherjee was held at 18:00 Hours at Rashtrapati Bhavan Art Theater Basement. Prosenjit met the president at an awards function in chennai and got talking about his next film Jaatishwar which is based on Antony Firingee a cult classic bengali film released in 1967 with the then superstar Uttam Kumar and Tanuja in the lead. On learning about this the president got really excited to see the film being remade with the current superstar and specially requested to see the film. Once the film was made, Prosenjit got in touch with the President and organized this show. The President was particularly excited because sitting in delhi, and getting to watch a bengali film without subtitles made him feel connected to his roots.
The film is slated to release in more than 20 cities in India- Bombay, Pune, Thane, Vashi, Delhi, Bangalore, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Indore, Raipur, Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar and Chennai. Basis the performance of the film, more cities will be added. Outside Bengal, the film will be released with English subtitles which will cater to audiences beyond the Bengali diaspora. Speaking about this special occasion Prosenjit says “- " It is a great honour for me that our Hon'ble President of India has blocked his time to watch this film. Pronob Babu showed keen interest to watch Jaatishwar, he has always been a great patron of art, culture and cinema but that he has singled out this film to watch gives us an added confidence. We had sent him an official invitation once the film was ready and he immediately responded with an affirmative".
Jaatiswar is the story of Rohit, a Gujarati born and brought up in Bengal, who falls in love with a woman who is Bengali with a vengeance – Mahamaya Banerjee. She is obsessed with the Bengali language, hates using English words, loves Bengali poetry, songs and believes in the intellectual superiority of the race. Naturally, she rejects his proposal as he can’t even pronounce her name properly. When further pushed, she sets a condition and challenges him to write, compose and sings a perfect Bengali song for her, upon which she would consider his proposal. After this, their paths diverge. Mahamaya becomes a RJ who works for a radio station which eventually is entrusted the responsibility of organizing a rock concert involving bands from India and Bangladesh. Rohit meanwhile goes to Portugal to study Colonial history, and decides to do it on Heynesman Antony, a Portuguese who was born in 19th Century Bengal, who learnt the Bengali language and went onto become of the leading minstrels of that time. In his fieldwork, he meets a mysterious man, Kushawl Hajra in Chandannagore, Antony’s birthplace. He claims to be Antony’s reincarnation whose memory from the last birth is overpowering his present life memory at a fast rate leading to identity replacement. Rohit starts recording his narrative of his past life as Antony for his dissertation. From here we see a journey of two men separated by one and a half century – both learning an alien language and going on to write songs in that overcoming all odds, Rohit and Antony. How Rohit woos Mahamaya with the perfect Bengali song, and how Kushawl deals with his psychological disorder forms the rest of this musical-reincarnation drama-biopic -love story.
Jaatishwar stars Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta and Swastika Mukherjee in the lead with a host of other established actors in supporting roles and Riya sen in a surprise guest appearance. . The film is released by Reliance Entertainment and it is their biggest Bengali release outside West Bengal." Jatishwar was an irresistable opportunity for Reliance Entertainment to co-produce with DAG Creative Media -- the film is a rare combination of Kabir Suman's magical music,Srijit Mukherjee's powerful storytelling and Prosenjit Chatterjee's star power.We are confident that this special film will not only win over audiences in Bengal but also across the country." said Mahesh Ramanathan COO Reliance Entertainment.