Real or reel, football has a universal appeal and the ongoing World Cup is certainly living up to the spirit of the beautiful game as it heads towards the business end.
Sport as a subject for movies is not uncommon though, but when a game of football transforms minds and reforms people, it tickles minds and touches hearts of audiences.
Filmmaker, Bidyut Kotoky’s ‘Khel Toh Hume Khelne Do’ – films on how soccer transformed a group of insurgents and helped them get into the mainstream – is one such movie. As of now, it remains one of his future projects.
“It’s a movie which I wanted to complete over the years but have not been able to, as things have not fallen into place. Among my future projects, this one surely is very close to my heart. I will certainly make it the way I want to but cannot speculate when it will be ready for release,” Kotoky said.
“More than soccer, the movie is about the triumph of the human spirit,” the director of the 2102 socio-political thriller, Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (As The River Flows) fame, said.
There is another project that Kotoky is working on. “I am ready with four other projects along with ‘Khel Toh Hume Khelne Do’. One of them is related to Kaziranga but will be on the born-free mode that depicts a human-animal bond. Availability of funds among other criteria will determine which project is completed first,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kotoky’s ‘Xhoixobote Dhemalite’ is running to houseful shows at the famed Nandan in Kolkata, revealing a stark comparison between audiences’ responses in Calcutta and Assam, where the turnout of spectators was abysmally low. “I am thrilled that Calcutta and its audience has not only packed the hall at Nandan but also extended the screening of the film. The film was released with absolutely no publicity at all. The film also releases in Bangalore and I hope it gets the same response as it did in Calcutta,” said Bidyut Kotoky.
“Rainbow Fields has a universal appeal like all films based on children growing up in conflict zones across the world. Unfortunately, people in Assam are not watching Assamese movies. So the question of judging whether the film is good or bad does not arise,” the filmmaker said.