The long wait for Aniket Chattopadhyay’s children’s fantasy drama Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri is finally over. The makers have announced a Durga Pujo release for the film.
The film that was initially slated to release on May 1 last year was pushed back by the sudden onset of the global pandemic. Now that theatres have opened in West Bengal, albeit subject to 50% occupancy, the makers feel that it is the right time for the film to hit the theatres, and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the biggest carnival in Bengal to usher in the film on the big screen.
Popular Bengali actor Dev, who made the announcement of the release, has also dropped another happy news that the official trailer will be out on September 11.
The fantasy drama is drawn from the two stories Sarkar Moshaiyer Thole and the eponymous Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri, written by Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumdar. Saswata Chatterjee plays Hobu Chandra Raja, the king of Bombagor while Kharaj Mukherjee plays Gobu Chandra Mantri. Hobu Chandra is too reliant on his minister Gobu Chandra, but the people of Bombagor have nothing to complain of under Hobu Chandra Raja’s reign, as they are well treated. Arpita Chatterjee will play Kushumkoli, queen to Hobu Chandra Raja. Kabir Suman has given the music for the film. Dev has produced the film under his banner Dev Entertainment Ventures Private Ltd.
The film will mark the second outing for Saswata and Arpita in two decades since Arpita’s debut feature film Tumi Ele Tai in 1999 that had Saswata co-starring alongside her.
Dev had previously told ToI that he was in two minds about the film but he made up his mind when he heard Aniket Chattopadhyay's narration. The film has mounted on a big scale befitting the royal premise and hints at being a family entertainer, perfectly attuned to the festive spirit during the Durga Pujo.