Raktabeej (transl. Seed of Blood) is a 2023 Indian Bengali-language action thriller film based on the true events of 2014 Burdwan Blast that deeply shook Bengal and the nation. The film stars Victor Banerjee, Abir Chatterjee and Mimi Chakraborty in the lead roles. It is produced by Sanjay Aggarwal of Windows Production.
The film marks the return of Victor Banerjee in a lead role after a long time. Directed by Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee, the film was released on 19 October 2023 in West Bengal. On 27 October 2023 it was released outside Bengal in the other languages.
- Victor Banerjee as Animesh Chatterjee, President of India
- Abir Chatterjee as Pankaj Sinha
- Mimi Chakraborty as Sanjukta Mitra
- Anasua Majumder as Gouri Mukherjee, Animesh’s elder sister
- Kanchan Mallick as Nityananda Patitundi
- Ambarish Bhattacharya as Bhaskar, a journalist
- Satyam Bhattacharya as Nishikanta Manna
- Devlina Kumar as Yamini
- Debashish Mondal as Munir Alam
- Ankush Hazra (Cameo appearance)
- Tanusree Shankar
- Gulshanara Khatun
Announcement and Development
The film was officially announced on 9 March 2023. The filming started soon after the announcement, on 15 March 2023. In an interview with the Deccan Herald, Mukherjee of the director duo said that they sought help from the editor of Times of India in Kolkata as soon they understood that the film demanded a budget they didn’t have. They kept working on the story and continued with the research work. After nine years, they could finally make the film on a scale that deemed fit for the story.
The principal photography took place in Kolkata, Dhulagar, Bantala, Panchla and Bolpur. One important scene was filmed at Raisina Hill.
The teaser for the film was released on 25 August 2023 on WINDOWS Youtube channel. The Hindi teaser was dropped on 28 August 2023 and the Odia teaser on 4 September 2023. The trailer was released on 30 September 2023.
Singles from Raktabeej
- “Gobindo Daant Maje Na”
Released: 9 September 2023
- “Gouri Elo”
Released: 22 September 2023
- “Nakku Nakur Na Jao Thakur”
Released: 6 October 2023
- “Joyo Joyo Bijoyagaman”
Released: 2 November 2023
The music of the film has been composed by Dohar, Anindya Chattopadhyay and Surajit Chatterjee.
The first single “Gobindo Daant Maje Na” was released on 9 September 2023. The music video featured Ankush Hazra. The second single “Gouri Elo’ was released 22 September 2023. The third single “Nakku Nakur Na Jao Thakur” was released on 6 October 2023. The fourth single titled “Joyo Joyo Bijoyagaman” was released on 2 November 2023.
The film was released on 19 October 2023 on the occasion of Durga Puja. It became the first Bengali film to release in 4 languages.
According to many reviews on IMDB, Raktabeej is rated 8.9/10.
Times of India rated Raktabeej 4.2/5.
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Raktabeej hit the Box office with a blowing ₹4.40 crore (US$550,000) (2 weeks).
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