Little screen space for film on chit funds

Kagojer Nouka, a film that explores the operation of chit funds, has been refused screening at the state-owned Nandan theatre.

"I submitted all the requisite papers a long time ago. But the film was not screened at Nandan or any of the multiplexes. I think it is because the film is based on chit funds and its harmful effects on society," director Partha Sarathi Joardar told The Indian Express.

Joardar said he had applied to 52 theatres across the state and the film was screened only in 20-22 theatres. None of the multiplexes screened the film.

"I firmly believe it was because of the content. The film talked about how ponzi firms operated, bleeding ignorant people in connivance with the government and administration," he said.

In the film, Soumitra Chatterjee, who plays the owner of a chit fund company, mouths dialogues like "Amar kachhe taka chhapanor machine thhakleo ami ferot ditey parbo na (even if I had a machine to print currency notes, I would not be able to repay the investors)" and "Ei deshta amrai chalai (we run the country)".

Rajat Budhraja, producer and distributor of the film, said they had applied to multiplexes but were not given any dates because they needed more time. "We applied about one month in advance. How much more time did they need?" he said.

Nandan authorities said the content of the film was not an issue. "The film couldn't get a date because Nandan II, which was allotted, was preoccupied and a couple of film festivals are in the pipeline. It is up to the screening committee to decide depending on availability halls are allotted. We are only concerned about how commercially viable the film will be," said Yadav Mondal, CEO, Nandan.

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