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Filmmaker Kamaleswar Mukherjee goes back to treating patients in remote villages of Bengal

The director of films like Chander Pahar (2013), Meghe Dhaka Tara (2013) and Amazon Obhijaan (2017) chose to go back to his former profession after 14 years as it was the need of the hour. 

Roushni Sarkar

The COVID-19 pandemic followed by the Amphan cyclone compelled film director and actor Kamaleswar Mukherjee go back to his former profession as a doctor and treat patients in the remote villages of West Bengal. The maker of films like Chander Pahar (2013), Meghe Dhaka Tara (2013), Amazon Obhijaan (2017) and many others, chose to go back to his former profession after 14 years, as he felt he needed to respond to the plight of those suffering.

A student of Medical College Hospital, Mukherjee previously worked at the SSKM hospital in Kolkata as a house staff in the cardiology department and attending the ICU as well, along with many other government and private healthcare centres. 

“I wanted to use the time during the lockdown to serve people. I joined friends in the West Bengal Doctors’ Forum to attend health camps. Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog and Rashbehari Sahilushik helped with doctors and volunteers,” Mukherjee told The Times of India, an English daily.

Mukherjee’s sheer passion for telling stories made him shift to advertising. In 2010, he made his first film Natobar Notout. “For all these years, I did not practise professionally. But I knew if the situation demanded, I would get back to serving people,” said the director, who has been attending several health camps in south Bengal, including Metekhali Bazar, Sandeshkhali, Raidighi and Sunderbans, working as both a doctor and compounder. He also assured that he would work in Kolkata if an acute crisis emerges.

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