Bismillah, helmed by the Kedara director, narrates the journey of a musician and his personal development as foreign influences seep into the traditional form of music
Indraadip Dasgupta made everyone take notice of his craft with his directorial debut Kedara, starring Kaushik Ganguly. And film enthusiasts who prefer watching slice-of-life films have awaited his next project ever since, all the more. Be it the very engaging premise of the dwindling art of ventriloquism to its execution, the 2019 film Kedara ticked all the boxes of a well-made film. And now, the music composer-turned-director has shared updates of his next Bismillah. It is but natural then that the anticipation of the film rides on high hopes.
National-award-winning actor Riddhi Sen, who blew everyone’s minds with his true-to-life performance as Parimal, a trans woman in the 2017 Kaushik Ganguly directorial Nagarkirtan, stars in the titular role as Bismillah. The plot delves into the theme of modernity mixing into the tradition of music in a family. Speaking about Bismillah, which Dasgupta terms as the closest to his heart since Nagarkirtan, the filmmaker said to ToI, “A musician not only goes through music but his or her surroundings and environment moulds him or her growth as well.” He went on to add the film will depict how the musician grows and evolves as an artist. The film features Kaushik Ganguly, Subhashree Ganguly, Bidipta Chakraborty, Rudranil Ghosh, Damini Benny Basu, and Surangana Bandopadhyay in key roles too.
The talented actor Riddhi Sen, who regularly performs for the theatre group Swapnasandhani, had broken the news of signing the film in a long post on Facebook back in 2019.
He shared a poster of the film yesterday on Facebook, with the announcement of the release date of the film atop the poster of the film.
The film is the third onscreen collaboration of the real-life couple Riddhi and Surangana after Open Tee Bioscope, the coming-of-age story that marked the debut of the two actors and Samantaral. Riddhi, who also co-starred with Kajol in Helicopter Eela, is excited to work with Kaushik Ganguly, who directed his career-defining film Nagarkirtan. Bismillah is the first film where the two of them will work together. “He is a great actor and the prospect of acting with him has brought me immense joy,” said Riddhi.
Bismillah is geared for a theatrical release on August 19, 2022, on the occasion of Janmashtami.