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Bheetu (Coward)

Bheetu, a Bengali Film, is an intense social drama which weaves a story around two women (sisters), whose inter-personal relationship and their whole outlook towards life have been shaped by their experiences while growing up. There's the lingering memory of childhood trauma... of the younger sister being molested as a child while the elder one, paralyzed by fear, was powerless to raise her voice against the ordeal. The film delves into love, betrayal and resentful bitterness... but above all, it talks about FEAR, an emotion which feeds on us until one has totally surrendered to it. Hence the name - 'Bheetu', which means coward, or in a state where one has totally succumbed to fear.

Bheetu begins with the rape and murder of two city girls in Kolkata, and unveils the insecurities and realities of our modern social existence. In the context of the film, the younger sister, Sohini, played by Parno Mittra, is constantly stalked by Rony, played by Ritwick Chakraborty. Rony is a sociopath and his infatuation with Sohini becomes his obsession and he follows her and stalks her wherever she goes. Driven by lust, and enraged upon rejection by Sohini, Rony seeks vengeance and along with few local hooligans breaks into the house of the two sisters with the intent of torture and rape.

The film reaches its climax when the elder sister, Rohini, overcomes her lifelong introvert & fearful persona and resists the wrath of the men who have broken into their house, and saves herself & Sohini.

The film implies that there is a little bit of 'Bheetu' in all of us. But sometimes when our back touches the wall, a moment arrives when we overcome our fears and turn back fighting. Fear can only be overcome when we face it. But in its final frames, the film also leaves a lingering doubt... how safe is our city really? For Women... for anyone?

  • Utsav Mukherjee
    Half Serious
  • Utsav Mukherjee
  • Abhijit Mallick
  • Raw Stock Motion Pictures
  • Aadidev Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd
  • Ritwick Chakraborty
    Key Cast
  • Sudipta Chakraborty
    Key Cast
  • Parno Mittra
    Key Cast
  • Neel Adhikari
    Music Director
  • Indranil Mukherjee
  • Shamik Chatterjee
  • Suchismiota Dasgupta
    Costume Designer
  • Rahul Mukherjee
    Executive Producer
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    Thriller Psycho Drama
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 5 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 15, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    126,023 USD
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Director Biography - Utsav Mukherjee

After doing his Masters Degree in Cinema from Jadavpur University, Utsav joined an archive in Jadavpur University as a documentary filmmaker.  His interest in filmmaking draws him out of his campus to make independent documentary films on renowned cultural personalities of Bengal (Ramkumar Chattopadhyay, a famous singer; Ramananda Sengupta, a veteran cinematographer and others) and his area of cinematic interest and learning broadens as he joined an eminent filmmaker Mr Anik Dutta (of Bhooter Bhobisyot, Ashchorjyo Pradip and innumerable TV commercial fame) as an assistant.

After assisting Mr Dutta for a while and gathering some experience in the craft, Utsav started working as an independent TV show director in various production houses for different TV channels like Rojgere Ginni for E-TV Bangla, Tomay Notun Kore Pabo Bole and Home Shanti Home for Mahua Bangla, Byanjonbarno for Rupashi Bangla and jointly directed ABP Ananda Anchor Hunt (Season I and II). In a span of almost three years, Utsav individually directed hundreds of episodes for various TV channels.

Utsav debuts as a film maker with a social satire called Half Serious that received critical acclaim as well as mass appreciation.
Utsav works as an Associate Director with a renowned production house of Mumbai called White Light in their TVCs in Kolkata and in Mumbai as well.
Utsav is presently directing his second feature film called Bheetu (Coward) which is a crime thriller but not a murder mystery.

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Director Statement

In this transient world full of predicaments, as a film maker I have always striven to create images that speak about the human condition.

Bheetu portrays characters who evolve throughout the film, some for the better, some for the worse. Some rise, while others fall. The story revolves around the sisters Rohini and Shohini, who are estranged, Anindya the lover, and Roni the voyeur. There is guilt, there is fear stemming out of it, but all is not lost. My film in a way reinstates hope in the mind of the audience that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Bheetu is like a flicker of light that aims to touch the inner chords of the human soul. In an uncertain world, It is a story of how the spirit can prevail over fear, guilt and confusion. Come, join this movement, overcome the fear and emerge as a winner.