‘Mahalaya‘, the Bengali period drama is based on the legacy of the legendary radio show, “Mohishashur Mordini”. This show was originally started by the Bengali radio station “Akashvani”. Till now, it’s a tradition to play this program in Kolkata in the early morning of Mahalaya, every single year.
Soumik Sen kicked off his carrier as a Bengali Movie director with ‘Mahalaya’. In fact, it looks like Soumik has already become a winner. On the other hand, the production has been done by Mr. Prosenjit Chatterjee. Also, he is one of the most powerful actors in the whole Bengali movie industry. After hitting the theaters in March, Mahalaya has received quite a very positive response from the viewers. Mahalaya has been named, an official selection at the 9th Dada Shaheb Phalke Film Festival.
The story takes the viewers back to 1976 when ‘Akashvani’ was ready to replace the legendary voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra with the voice of Uttam Kumar. Uttam Kumar (also known as ‘Mahanayak’) was the most popular actor in the Bengali film industry at that time. However, the public wasn’t in favor of this decision which resulted in a massive outrage across all the city. In the end, ‘Akashvani’ had to step down from their decision & retain Birendra Krishna Bhadra as the voice of “Mohishashur Mordini”.
Subhashish Mukherjee (as Birendra Krisna Bhadra) & Jishu Sengupta (as Uttam Kumar) have rugged their excellent acting skills in ‘Mahalaya’ which alongside the amazingly written script by Soumik Sen, makes the movie one of a kind & a delight to the audience. This selection adds a new milestone to its success. A much-deserved one.