The Bengali New Year has ushered in some good news for the crowd-funded film, Doodh Pulir Gaach, that is being produced on crowd-funding collected from villagers of Aranghata in Nadia district. About two weeks back, director Ujjal Basu had decided to start online ticket sale to collect funds to complete the post production work of the film. The sale of tickets through an online agency was supposed to close on April 11. However, the huge response and support that came towards the end of the stipulated time, has forced them to push the closing date further ahead. “We had opened online ticket sales around March 30 and we were supposed to close bookings on April 11. However, we started receiving a good response towards the end of the stipulated time and we had to extend booking period for another 15 days,” said Basu.
The film that is based on the fantasies of a little boy who thinks doodh puli grows in trees, is in its post production phase. Ujjal had managed to collect Rs 20 lakhs from the villages for the production of the film. “We have completed all shooting at location in Aranghata and now we are working on the technical details of the film,” said Basu. The attractive response that started a few days before closing of bookings made Ujjal extend the booking period through till the end of the month,” said Basu. “This is also for the first time that a crowd-funded film has been put out for pre-booking even before the release date has been announced,” said Basu. In order to complete post production work and release the film this year, Basu had to announce pre-booking of tickets to collect funds to complete the film. “We managed to sell almost 650 tickets within these two weeks. We hope to sell more in the next two weeks of this month. The initial deficit that we were facing has been made up through this film,” said Ujjal.
Ujjal is grateful to the people of Aranghat for their continuous support during the making of the film. “They have cooperated with us as well as shown immense discipline, despite living in the village,” said Basu. Doodh Pulir Gaach is expected to come to theatres in September.