Kahaani actor Saswata Chatterjee feels whenever Bengali films have been rooted in literature, they have churned out good stuff. In fact, he feels the key to its turnaround have been in doing literature-based films. “The golden era of Bengali cinema was not only made possible by Uttam, Soumitra, Suchitra, Supriya although they were great actors. It was also because their films were based on works of writers like Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay, Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay, and Sunil Gangopadhyay,” the actor said.
“The day Bengali cinema lost touch with literature and started aping the south, the middle class audience stopped going to the cinema halls and later the larger audience too stopped going,” Saswata said.