After directing successful short films like Cakewalk and Seasons Greetings, author turned director Ram Kamal Mukherjee will be wielding a megaphone for Rohit Bose Roy and Ritabhari Chakraborty for his third Hindi film Broken Frame.
Based on his collection of short stories Long Island Iced Tea, the film deals with martial ordeals of a couple in today’s time. “I am happy to have Rohit and Ritabhari as lead couple in my film. This story has been appreciated my many of my colleagues and friends from film fraternity. I always wanted to make this film, and I am happy that finally it’s happening,” says Mukherjee.
Aritra Das, Gaurav Daga and Shailendra Kumar will produce this short length feature film. Ritabhari, daughter of celebrated filmmaker Satarupa Sanyal, who plays the female lead, made her debut with Pari produced by Anushka Sharma. Later, she was seen in a music video with Ayushman Khurrana and also worked with Kalki Kohchlin in Naked.
“When Ram Kamal narrated me the story I was taken aback. This is a very simple story of a married couple with a twist in the tale, something, which I have never tried on screen. I have seen his work in Cakewalk and liked it,” says Ritabhari.
Meanwhile Rohit Bose Roy who is one of the busiest actors in tinsel town joins the cast. “It just took a phone call from Ram Kamal. I know him as a firebrand journalist and author. I loved Esha Deol’s character in Cakewalk. Since then I wanted to do something with him. Thankfully he called and narrated me the story. I was totally blown away when I read the script of Broken Frame. Even in a short film, every scene unfolded beautifully into another world when I was least expecting it. It makes you smile and then makes you cry and then makes you smile again all within minutes. I simply loved it,” adds Rohit.
The film will be shot entirely in Kolkata and will have music by Shailendra Sayanti. “I watched Rohit’s short film Rice Plate with Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah, which was a part of Sanjay Gupta’s Dus Kahaniyan. Since then I have liked his work. I have been following his work and waited for the right time to approach him. He was in fact celebrating his daughter’s birthday at Maldives and when I called him to narrate the story he didn’t skip the call. He is a true professional and I am looking forward to work with him,” adds Ram Kamal.
Talking about the film, producer Aritra Das said, “I read Broken Frame when we launched Ram Kamal da book Long Island Iced Tea in Kolkata. Since then I was keen on making this as a web series, but somehow things didn’t materialise. Later when we launched our film production company and made three short films, we wanted to revive the project. That’s when I met Ritabhari and mentioned her about the story. She instantly liked it and then we got Rohit Roy on board. I am thankful to both my actors for being a part of this film. This is a beautiful story of a married couple, with a twist in the tale,”
He also added that he has an emotional connect with it as during the launch of the book he was closely associated with the event, not only that he had this idea of making it as a short film then. He has discussed this with Ram Kamal long time back. Now that it is going to happen he is extremely happy and delighted.”
Producer Gaurav Daga said, “I always wanted to make good cinema. Earlier we had planned something with Ritabhari, but somehow that didn’t work out. Later when she heard Broken Frame she connected me to Ram Kamal and Aritra. I loved their film Cakewalk. We just finished our Bengali film Rickshawala and realised that they are a bunch of young enthusiastic team. I always wanted to associate with such kind of people. Entire credit goes to Ritabhari for connecting us.”
Ram Kamal Mukherjee will direct broken Frames under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS 1 Entertainments. While Shailendra Sayanti will give music, Sameer Satija will write screenplay and dialogues and Modhura Palit will do cinematography.