Kolkata: Big budget Bengali film Amazon Obhijaan made a new box office record with collection of Rs 5.5 crore in the opening week of its release in theaters.
Amazon Obhijaan, a tale of adventure in Brazil set in 1920 was released on the eve of Christmas. Released on December 22, the film notched up Rs 1 crore box office collection on December 25.
The Eastern Motion Picture Producers Association sources said, Amazon Obhijaan emerged as the top grosser among all Bengali films released in last five years, with first week’s box-office collection crossing Rs 5.5 crore.
Of the 50 odd Bengali films released in 2017, only two ran for over 100 days while very few did average business.
Sahaj Paather Gappo and Posto are the two film which ran for 100 days.
, directed by Shibaprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Ro ran for 100 days.
‘Posto’, directed by Siba Prosad Mukherjee and Nandidta Roy starring popular actors Jisshu Sengupta and Mimi Chakraborty, was released in 100 theaters in West Bengal and other parts of the country in May and ran till mid of August.
Children neglected by their parents in this age find solace in the relationship with grand parents and thus get affected by the different value system of two generations is the theme of the film Posto.
“The theme of the film probably had a connect with the Bengali audience who like our way of telling stories,” said the director of Posto, Shiba Prosad Mukherjee.
Sahaj Paather Gappo is an independent Bengali film in the sense that the movie was produced outside the major film studio system and distributed by independent entertainment companies. The film is still running in a single screens after completing 100 days.
“Sahaj Paather Gappo, narrated in a simple way, reflects the world beyond our cities and drawing rooms”, said the debutante director Manas Mukul Pal.
Among other films that did well in 2017 is Kaushik Ganguly Bishorjan which ran for 50 days.
Mayurakshi, a film by Atanu Ghosh’s Mayurakshi, starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Prosenjit Chatterjee, is running houseful ever since its release on December 29.
Srijit Mukherjee’s Yeti Obhijaan, Mainak Bhaumik’s Bibaho Diaries, Pratim D Gupta’s Machher Jhol and Anjan Dutta’s Byomkesh O Agniban are some of the other films that did well in the year that passed.