Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri’s song Bombagorer Jhor is all about the kingdom stomped upon by oppression and tyranny
 
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Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri’s song Bombagorer Jhor is all about the kingdom stomped upon by oppression and tyranny

Kabir Suman’s familiar style of weaving simple melody into weighty words marks the song.

Hia Datta
Oct 03, 2021
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A still from the song.

The much-awaited children’s fantasy Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri dropped its song, Bombagorer Jhor on YouTube. Aniket Chattopadhyay, the director of the film has also penned the screenplay and story. The film is based on two stories, Sarkar Moshaiyer Thole and the eponymous Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri by Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumdar is special as a musical too as the pioneer of modernist alternate music in Bengal, Kabir Suman has done the music and also penned the lyrics of the compositions.

The song dropped on the Youtube handle of Dev’s production banner Dev Entertainment Ventures Private Ltd. The popular actor who was initially unsure about bankrolling the project was after hearing Aniket Chattopadhyay’s narration of the film and the film has been made with good production values, befitting the splendour of the royal premise.

Watch the song here.

Kharaj Mukherjee’s Hobu Chandra Mantri strides with the royal troop into the marketplace of the Bombagor. Horses ride through the dust, and the commoners are shown cowering in fear. ‘We are the storm of Bombagor,’ goes the refrain of the song that is written, and composed by the pioneer of modernist alternate music in Bengal, Kabir Suman, and sung by Raghab Chattopadhyay. Plundering his way into the marketplace, Hobu Chandra Mantri is a tyrannical minister as he wreaks havoc by employing the troops to destroy shops, haul, slap and push people and put them down both literally and figuratively on the edge of spears. “Break the home, uproot the homes of rats,” sings Kharaj against the backdrop of a string of scenes showing atrocities meted out on the people of Bombagor. The multitude is condescendingly called ‘rats’ in the song, which unfolds a montage of the kingdom under oppression and tyranny. Kabir Suman’s quintessential style of simple melody strung into the simple but weighty words is what defines the song too, matching the visuals with the composition that spells out the despotic dispensation in Bombagor musically and lyrically.

Saswata Chatterjee will be seen in the role of Hobu Chandra Raja, the king of Bombagor, while Kharaj Mukherjee will essay Gobu Chandra Mantri, his minister. Arpita Chatterjee, who is sharing screen space with Saswata Chatterjee, two decades after her debut film Tumi Ele Tai, will play Kushumkoli, the queen of Hobu Chandra Raja. Subhashish Mukherjee and Barun Chanda will also be seen in key roles in the film. MD Kalam has edited the rushes while Fourth Dimension Visual Effects has done the VFX.

The film will have a television premiere on Jalsha Movies on October 10, during Durga Pujo.

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