Kolkata, Jun 2: Artistes of the Bengali film industry are trying to get the best out of their creative side amid the lockdown, with many of them giving shape to innovative concepts and ideas to hook the audience.
A short film 'Grub Ne Bana Di Jodi', with RJ-actor Mir Afsar Ali in the lead, transcends boundaries to bring couples from around the world together on one platform, as they engage in discussions on food and culture.
The shot-at-home film, directed by Satrajit Sen, has Ali giving couples tasks to test their culinary skills.
"This is the time to try new concepts and that, too, without the usual technical support. There is no box office pressure, and people can take their own sweet time to watch the film on YouTube," he said.
Actor Vikram Chatterjee, who recently completed the shoot of 'Pabitra Puppies', a web series about seven friends bonding over video games, said it was an "altogether different experience" with no crew to assist him at home.
"The shooting process was complicated but we had a lot of fun. I was in Mumbai when the lockdown was imposed.
Coordinating with the director and other cast members wasn't easy, but this phase has taught us how to overcome challenges," Chatterjee said.
The series, also starring Sohini Sarkar and Saayoni Ghosh, will be streaming on Hoichoi soon.
Director Shieladitya Moulik's third outing on YouTube, amid the lockdown, has garnered good reviews.
The short film 'Eye Candy' tells the story of a blind couple who had been finding ways to connect with each other.
"I wanted to talk about long-distance relationships, and the problems faced by couples in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, but not without a twist. I hope the viewers enjoy the short," Moulik said.
Filmmakers explore innovative concepts amid lockdown