Kolkata, June 20 (IANS) If Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and soap queen Ektaa Kapoor can consult the fortune tellers for success, can the Bengali film fraternity be far behind?
Checking with astrologers and numerology experts while making movies has caught on among West Bengal's producers and directors, who have for long been influenced by Bollywood.
'Astrology and numerology are mathematical calculations. If calculations are done properly one can actually predict if a film will be commercially successful or not,' astrologer Sri Krishnodaipayan told IANS.
'Putting it simply, every one is born with a fate. The combined calculations of the fate of the entire unit of the film affect, to a great extent, its fate at the box office,' he added.
Producer Piyus Saha, who made films like 'Tulkalam' and 'Bajimat', said: 'I strongly believe that above all the hard work, it's a divine force that decides our fate.
'So I consulted my astrologer Sri Krishnodaipayan for every aspect of my recent release 'Bajimat' - starting from the title of the flick to the shooting dates and cast. And the positive results are showing.'
The astrology bug has bitten directors too.
Noted Bengali commercial film director Haranath Chakraborty told IANS: 'Earlier, I had no faith in these things. But since the day I started consulting astrologers, my films have done well.'
Chakraborty directed films like 'Sathi', 'Raju Uncle' and Nater Guru'.
'Now I make sure I consult a panjika (astrological chart) while making a film and look for 'amrito' and 'mahendro jog' (auspicious hours) and avoid kal bela or bar bela before starting a new project,' added Chakraborty.
However, filmmaker Gautam Ghose doesn't agree with this trend. He says the reason behind this newfound enthusiasm for astrology and numerology was the entry of hardcore businessmen into film production.
He said: 'Nowadays 90 percent of Bengali film producers are hardcore businessmen. All they understand is investment and profit optimisation. Seeking the help of astrologers is their routine work.'
'But producers need to understand that the success of a film is not dependent on filling the pockets of astrologers. A producer needs to feel the pulse of the film he is making to ensure its success.'
Ghose has films like 'Antarjali Yatra', 'Abar Aranye' and 'Yatra' to his credit.