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Image: Big names of Bengali film industry at the SVF event on Friday.

Kolkata: TOLLYWOOD, the Bengali film industry based out of Kolkata, has received a shot in the arm with leading production house Shree Venkatesh Films (SVF) allocating Rs 100-crore for making films over the next three years.

SVF will be spending the amount on producing as many as 25 Bengali movies from various genres. Going by Tollywood’s standard, allocating Rs 100-crore or Rs 4-crore per movie on an average is a much higher budget than what is usually spent in making a film in Bengal.

The announcement on this was made by SVF on Friday at an event organised in a city hotel in the presence of the who’s who of Bengal cinema ~ Aparna Sen, Sandip Roy, Srijit Mukherjee, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Dev, Abir Chattopadhyay, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, and others.

Mahendra Soni, a co-founder of SVF said that the 25 movies that they will be producing over the next three years will be on diverse genres and themes catering both the old and young audience.

“We will also be expanding to Bangladesh with the release of the first film starring Bangladeshi superstar Shakib Khan,” he said.

The 25 films include Ghare o Baire ~ an adaptation by Aparna Sen of Rabindranath Tagore’s classic novel Ghare Baire, and Sandip Ray’s latest Feluda flick and also Professor Shonku O El Dorado based on novels by his father Satyajit Ray.

Srijit Mukherjee will be dishing out three films ~ Uma, Kakababur Protyabarton, and Ek Je Chhilo Raja; Arindam Sil will come up with detective films Asche Abar Shabor and Byomkes Gotro, and Raj Chakraborty will be serving two ambitious films ~ Siraj Ud Daulah and Tong Ling.

Apart from a number of films, the bouquet will also include Anjan Dutt’s Finally Bhalobasha and Ami Asbo Phire.

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