Gulzar graced the trailer launch event of ‘Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiyaan’, an animation film inspired by Satyajit Ray’s Goopi Gyne Bagha Byne and to release on 1st March
Fifty years after Satyajit Ray’s fantasy-adventure Goopy Gyne, Bagha Byne, an animated version of the classic titled GGBB:Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya, directed by Shilpa Ranade is all set to release this year on 1st March.
Produced by CFSI (Children’s Film Society India) in association with Karadi Tales (publishing house known for children’s books), GGBB has been nominated and awarded at many film festivals in India and abroad. The director, Shilpa is a well known illustrator and designer who has illustrated almost all the children books written by Gulzar sahab.
Says Shilpa, the director of the film, “I had read the story and the beauty of the story is that you can re interpret, re visualize it in your own way without loosing the essence. Hence it is relevant event after so many years.”
On the film being a modern adaptation with today’s language, Shilpa says, “A film has to be relatable. The idea was to engage people of today’s generation. Hence the language is contemperory.”
Satyajit Ray’s son Sandeep Ray saw the film recently in Kolkata and was all praised, “The story was written by my great grand father Shri Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury in a children’s magazine called Sandes that he had started in 1912.” He said
“When my father Satyajit Ray read that short story much later, he was mesmerized. My father later revived Sandesh (It was shut in 1930s) and Goopi and Bagha was the first story he re published in 1961. By then he was already a known filmmaker. I happened to complain to him that he should make something for us (Children). He said “lets see I may make one, one day for you. The film was planned in 1966 and it got made and released only in 1969. It was a big hit then. It is such a nice story that it has stood the test of time.” Ray added.