Amitabh Bachchan has recorded a special video message for director Ram Kamal and his team. The film happens to be India's first feature film to collaborate with United Nations Free and Equal for LGBTQIAGTBQIA cause.
In a special video message, Amitabh Bachchan stated, "31st August marks the 56th birth anniversary of Rituparno Ghosh., who is one of Bengal’s most prolific filmmakers. I have the great pleasure and honour working with him in The Last Lear. It is a film in the English language, which was slightly different from what Rituparno has been making. Abhisekh worked with him in Antar Mahal, Jaya in Sunglassand Aishwariya worked with him in two films Chokher Bali and Raincoat. His thought process was so clear and so vivid in the way he not only made his films and chose the subjects that he wished to make. And then finally editing the film and bringing it to the audience with the kind of music was certainly a great joy to watch and be a part of. We lost him too early. Now Ram Kamal Mukherjee worked as a journalist for more than twenty years and have won accolades for his body of works is paying tribute to Ritu in his second Hindi film Season's Greetings."
On adding to this he also said, "The film has become India’s first film to have official collaboration with United Nations under the Free and Equal for LGBTQIA cause. And of course, now in India, the film deals with the abolishment of article 377 and that is a great step forward that has been taken."
Director Ram Kamal Mukherjee said, "I think this is a very big moment for all of us when someone as a respectable and talented icon from Indian film industry agrees to unveil the first look of your film. I approached Amit Ji because he has worked with Ritu da in The Last Lear, which was loosely based on popular play Aajker Shahjahan. When someone as senior and talented as Amit Ji talks about an Indie filmmaker it holds a lot of importance,"
On adding to this he also said, "Amit Ji has a genuine fan following since the last five decades. His love for good cinema and literature is a known story for all. We are living in the time of the digital revolution, and what else could be better then releasing the first look of a film on a digital platform."
Celina Jaitly, who plays the role of Romita in the film says, "A true friend continues to heal your broken heart long after you lose your life to it also. Amit Ji's coming on board to launch the poster of our humble venture Seasons Greetings is a true example of the fact that loyalty, faith and friendship surpasses the weakness of the human body and signifies the strength of the human soul. Additionally, a legend like Amit Ji's belief in a heartfelt humble project like ours is of great encouragement to all who pursue cinema with passion."
The film stars Celina Jaitly, Lillette Dubey, first transgender actor Shree Ghatak and debutant Azhar Khan in pivotal roles. The film is set in Kolkata and the story revolves around a mother and daughter relationship with a twist in the tale.
It is produced by Aritra Das and Shailendra Kumar under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS1 Entertainment.
The film also marks the debut of Kumar Sanu's son Jaan Kumar Sanu as a playback singer, visually impaired vocalist Sayani Palit and debutant Sarbani Mukherjee. The songs are written by Rabindranath Tagore and music composed by Shailendra & Sayanti.
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