Celluloid Dimension of Neglected Bengali Community
A Bengali feature film titled “Dotara” dealing for the first time with a neglected Bengali community, known as the Rajbanshis, of Cooch Bihar. A district in North Bengal included in the map of India since 1949 as a province. This film marks the maiden vehicle of Amitabha Dasgupta, renowned Adv. film maker who engaged himself in miscellaneous research projects based on sociology and cultural anthropology.
Dotara is based on his research work which was penned, scripted and directed by him. His film focuses on the Koch Rajbanshis who hold a grievance of neglect and deprivation as an ethnic group. A semblance of a storyline is woven around this community in an endeavour to explore the truth revolving round the dialect and culture never recognised by the State authority. A music album launch from the film was hosted by Tapasi Dasgupta Communications with the director and cast members headed by Subrat Dutta, Rajesh Sharma, Suman Banerjee, Snigdha Pandey, Sonali Chowdhury, Dipankar De, Biswajit Chakraborty who are all part of the film team was held at the Calcutta Rowing Club.
Dotara which is expected to be released commercially by July end was presented by Tapasi Dasgupta in association with Narul Hasan and Sadhan Talukdar.