Bishu (alias:Bismillah) hails from a Shenai playing family living below the poverty line in a rural village in bengal, where due to insurgence of Digital Music all over India, Shehnai as an instrument became decadent and a dying art form, thereby loosing the connect to the root, which is Indian traditional music and art form.
On the contrary, Bishu (alias: Bismillah) a bohemian by nature, loves to play the flute. He roams around the village and the outskirts considering himself to be Lord Krishna eternally in serch of Radha and Meera. By tradition and culture, flute is not allowed to be played by any Muslim family in the village. But if Bishu doesn’t take up Shehnai as his instrument of expression, then he will eventually loose out on being the torch bearer of the Shehnai playing tradition of the family who mainly plays for various cultural and ritualistic ceremonies to make a living. Under the constant persuasion of his father, Bade Ustad, Bismillah takes up Shehnai, under his tutelage. But his heart remains with playing the flute, roaming around over the mountains, down the valleys, near the rivers and the brooks of the village.
Bismillah’s main intervention seems to be DJ Shibu, who was the reigning entertainment music provider of the village then. Hence his battle becomes two folded, one where he had to leave flute and take up Shehnai as his main instrument and secondly, cutting through the uptight market of DJ Shibu and making a mark for himself in the society, thereby regaining the lost monastery of the Indian Traditional Music and Heritage.
Celebrated music director turned director Indraadip Dasgupta’s who has won National Film Award for Kedara, his next Bengali feature film ‘Bismillah’ is going to be on screen in this Janmasthami.
The film has been produced by Samiran Das under the banner of Kaleidoscope. Kaleidoscope has already made its notable mark in the film industry with feature film like “Kedara” and short film “Cold Fire”
Stalwarts of Tollywood Riddhi Sen, Kaushik Ganguly, Subhashree Ganguly, Gaurav Chakraborty, Aparajita Addya, Bidipta Chakroborty, Surangana Bandopadhyay, Sneha Chatterjee, Padmanabha Dasgupta, debutant Rik Das and others shared the screen together.
The music has been composed by the maestro himself Indraadip Dasgupta, whereas lyrics are penned down by Srijato and Ritam Sen. A musical spectacle contributed by leading melodious voices of Indian Film Industry are Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghosal,Kaushiki Chakraborty, Aditi Munshi, Soumyadeep Murshidabadi, Rupankar Bagchi, Shovon Majumder, Deborshee Mukherjee, Amrita Singh, and Debayan Banerjee.
Bismillah focuses on the tradition of a musical family and how foreign intrusion creates disturbance in it. ‘A musician not only goes through music but his or her surroundings and environment molds him or her growth as well. With the growth his or her music begins to take a shape and changes too’.