A film inspired by the life and struggles of West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is set to hit the screens in the run up to the assembly elections, this year.
“We have sought to give a message that a woman can really scale such a height by sheer determination, struggle and triumph over obstacles,” the director Nehal Dutta said on the sidelines of the trailer launch.
Dutta, however, insisted that it was not intended to be a biopic of Banerjee.
He said that no known political organisation, active in West Bengal has been directly named in the film. He explained that real-life references were inevitable when sourcing material from the public domain. ”However, we have consciously kept away from controversies and it is a non-political movie,” he said.
Here’s all that we have learned about the movie so far:
- The film has been titled Baghini: The Tigress
- Ruma Chakroborty plays the female lead Indira Banerjee in the film
- In the film, Ruma sports white cotton saris and chappals much like the Trinamool leader’s real life attire.
- With most of the work done, the director is aiming for an April release, but is prepared to defer it if there is any ‘development’.
- The story begins from the protagonist’s surprise landslide victory from a south Kolkata constituency in 1984.
- The movie has been made after three years of research on the Mamata Bannerjee. The filmmaker said he took help of articles, biographies and news video clippings to sketch the life story of the politician.