The pandemic has really put a wrench in everyone’s plans and the second wave of COVID-19 has caused all industries to suffer a setback. With the second wave of COVID-19 raging on and claiming lives everyday, the states have gone under a second lockdown which keeps getting extended in order to slow the spread of the virus. The film industries have also borne the brunt of COVID-19 with theatres being shut. And it’s not just Bollywood – producers and distributors of Bengali movies are currently wringing their hands.
With multiplexes and theatres being shut, several movies including the highly-awaited Soumitra Chatterjee biopic, Abhijaan, have been indefinitely delayed. Abhijaan was scheduled for a May release. Golondaaj, a biopic on footballer Nagendra Prasad which was slated for a August released also appears to have been delayed. Noted actor turned filmmaker Parambrata Chatterjee who helmed the Soumitra Chatterjee project, has said that everything else can wait – fighting the virus is of prime importance now. Abhijaan stars the late great Soumitra Chatterjee and actors isshu Sengupta, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Sohini Sengupta, Tonushree Chakraborty, Sujan Mukherjee, Dolly Basu and Debanjan Mitra. Abhijaan will have its world premiere at the London Indian Film Festival next month.