“Shobai Chup”, trailer launch of “Konttho- The Sound of Silence”

By Dipak Kumar Das and Rohit Dasgupta:- “Konttho” is the upcoming film of the director duo Shiboproshad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy and produced by Windows Production house. The film is inspired by the life of the late Bibhuti Chakraborty, a survivor of laryngeal cancer. He had his voice box removed. However, he did not surrender to his fate; he developed an alternative way of speaking by using his food pipe instead of vocal chords. The film’s trailer was launched on 14th April, at Nandan West Bengal Film Centre. Paoli Dam, Shiboproshad Mukherjee, Nandita Roy, Anindya Chatterjee, Jaya Ahsan and many others including Sourav Dutta an oncologist and Shomnath Mukhopadhyay, a speech therapist who shared his own first hand experience with laryngeal cancer patients, were present at this launch making it a success.
The film revolves around a 91.9 red fm RJ Arjun Mallick, played by Shiboproshad Mukherjee who is diagnosed with Laryngeal cancer due to which his vocal chords had to be removed in a surgery. This left the “voice of the year” jockey without a voice. This film has a strong anti-tobacco message as said by Nandita Roy in the trailer launch. It focuses on how a man’s fight doesn’t end after beating cancer but only begins as he now learns a new way speaking; esophageal speech, also known as esophageal voice, is a method of speech production that involves oscillation of the esophagus. This contrasts with traditional laryngeal speech which involves oscillation of the vocal folds. Instead, air is injected into the upper esophagus and then released in a controlled manner to create sound used to produce speech. Paoli Dam plays the role of Arjun Mallick’s wife Pritha Mallick, who stays by his side in this time of crisis. It will be a completely new and authentic experience for the audience with a strong underlying social message to look up to.
“Konttho” is a story of hope, a story of friendship, a story of struggle – Konttho, is about the unshakable human spirit. It is set to be released on 10th may.

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