Welcome to the most incredible film story you have ever heard. You will not believe this but once you do, you will find it to be one of the most hilarious storylines in Bengali cinema in recent times. This refers to a film called Flop-E that marks the directorial debut of Pritam Sarkar. Shot entirely in London, the film has been produced under the Sixth Sense Entertainment Pvt Limited banner by Dinonath Ghosh who says, “The plot of the film deals with a corporate hotshot who has never faced failure in life. He suddenly decides to invest in a line of business with the aim of seeing it flop. So he decides to become a film producer and ropes in a cast and crew with a plot that he makes sure will definitely make the film collapse at the box office. This interesting plot is interwoven into the rise in the rate of suicides among young businessmen due to the economic recession.”
The film boasts an impressive star-cast comprised of Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Paoli Dam, Joy Ganguly, Saswati Guhathakurta, Subrajeet Dutta, Sanjib Mukherjee, Srijit Mukherji, and Sabyasachi Chakraborty’s mother Monika Chakraborty. Manas Ganguly is D.O.P., Neel Dutt has scored the music and Preetam Sarkar and Srividya Chatterjee have edited the film.
The story begins when a corporate hotshot Pranabesh Mitra (Barun Chanda) is accused by his co-panelists, an economist and a psychologist about not being sensitive to the subject at hand. What is the subject? It is about the whys and wherefores of what made 42 young people commit suicide over six months. The reference is to a live panel discussion recast on a television channel. The two say that Mitra cannot understand the pressures on the youngsters that made them end their lives because he has never faced failure in his life. So, Mitra decides to produce a film targeted to be a commercial flop.
The narrative is shot like a film-within-a-film about a ‘director’ actually making a film filled with hilarious twists and turns embellished with a promising musical score and good performances. The Indian release is not scheduled yet but it is likely to be in February 2012.
“The Bengali film market is booming in foreign markets like the UK and US with a plethora of releases. This expansion has been triggered by the large Indian diaspora in these countries. Recent films like Autograph have done very good business overseas. We decided to go a step further and release it first in London. We hope our dreams will be fulfilled,” Ghosh sums up.