Prosenjit features in a video for Kanyashree
Meyera samajer gourab,
Paschim Banga sorkarer notun proyaash Kanyashree, Kanyashree
These are words penned by Mamata Banerjee and voiced by Prosenjit in a music video for Kanyashree, the chief minister’s pet project for the girl child.
The 51-second video featuring the Tolly superstar was posted by Mamata on Facebook on Wednesday evening. The project “will be launched on 1st October 2013, to empower our girl child for their future”, the chief minister wrote.
Prosenjit had called on the chief minister at her office in Writers’ last week when she requested him to be a part of the video.
“I had gone to meet Didi because I hadn’t met her in a long time. I wanted to invite her to my programme at Netaji Indoor and also discuss the Film City. That’s when she told me about Kanyashree which I didn’t know much about but I liked the initiative after I was told about it,” Prosenjit told Metro. “The shoot was already on and Didi asked me if I would feature in it since a message such as this isn’t complete till a man lends his voice too…. Found it very positive and (am) glad that Didi has devised something like this. It could become a model for other states to follow.”
The next day Prosenjit took time out to shoot his message. “I truly believe in the two lines I utter towards the end of the video. I believe in the power of women and nothing in life is complete without their presence.”
“On my trips to different villages and districts of Bengal to distribute bravery awards for the police, I’ve seen the sorry plight of little girls of 12 and 13. How they are exploited, forced to give up studies and married off. We live in a very urban life, far removed from how deprived girls still are in remote areas.”
The video also features Tolly heroines Subhashree, Shrabanti and Payel Sarkar alongside television and film actors. Film-maker Srijit Mukherji scripted the storyboard for the video while the film was directed by Soumyabrata Rakshit, assistant director to Srijit. The music was composed by Indraadip Das Gupta and Shrikant Mohta of Shree Venkatesh Films helped produce the video.
“It is such a great programme that we wanted to help out when Shibaji Panja approached us. We got the artistes together and helped out with our in-house production team and equipment,” Mohta said.