|Yana Gupta in 90 Ghanta
Really? Am I looking good? Yana Gupta sounds as excited as a bubbly teenager on being told that in the posters of 90 Ghanta, splashed all over, she is the centre of attraction. The film, after all, marks the Czech-born Bollywood belles first appearance in a Bengali film.
Yana has done an item number in a sizzling attire that is already making many babujees go dheere on the streets of Calcutta. I loved that song, she trills.
Yana, as one will find out this Friday, has danced to a khyamta song in the Jisshu-Tota-Swastika starrer. The first line goes thus — Amar kancha pirit parar lokey paktey dilo na. (The earthiness of the lyrics defies translation.)
Yana, of course, could not make sense of the words.
But I feel a song, if its moving my body, if I feel like dancing… her voice trails off as she rewinds to the number. Thats how I choose my work in films, she explains.
The song, shot in Mumbai, was choreographed by Inder, known to work on Salman Khans moves for his stage shows.
It was a brainwave of our producer Swapan Ghosh of Morpheus Media Ventures, says Saugata Ray Barman, a National Award-winning director on his Tollywood debut. Yana is dancing in a bar where the shooting of Shah Rukh Khans Don also took place.
90 Ghanta is a thriller, a genre that few Bengali film-makers have dared to touch. Our film industry is in a perilous zone, with most mainstream films biting the dust last year. It is up to us, movie-makers, to offer viewers interesting fare, says Ray Barman, explaining why he has chosen to tread a different path.
Though the makers are tight-lipped about the plot, word is out that the film has fast-paced action rooted in psychological turmoil and involves a supari killer.
I have been carrying this plot based on a game of death in my head for long, Ray Barman smiles.
So, come Friday and it will be Jisshu and Tota locked in a chase unto death, all in a deadly game lasting a brisk two hours. Will the audience play along?