October 8, 2015
The Investment Promotion Unit, set up by the Department of Fisheries, Government of West Bengal, decides to make a documentary film with a view to promote investment in the state. The prime mission of IPU is to facilitate the development of aquaculture industry thriving in West Bengal.
It is true that different preparations of fish are less popular vis-à-vis chicken or mutton dishes served in famous hotels and restaurants. However there are numerous items prepared from different fish which are also extremely delicious and palatable. Hilsa, the queen of fish is a great example in this regard. But these fish items remain less admired mainly due to the fact that they are not properly promoted to the urban group. And this is the gap the documentary attempts to bridge by bringing the fish items in the limelight.
The film would highlight different activities made by the Fisheries Department in the various areas in West Bengal throughout the year. The idea is to raise the demands of different fish in renowned hotels and restaurants and thereby recreate a new demand and supply circle in the fish market.
It was completely my idea to involve Afraa into this documentary of Department of Fisheries. After reaching Afraa in the evening, we were greeted properly by Unit Chef Sandip Acherjee and after few basic discussions like what to and where to do; he started cooking five amazing fish dishes for this documentary. Mahi Tikka Ajwaini, Pickle Fish, Steamed Kolkata Bhekti, Erbe in Crosta Di Barmundi Indiano (herb crusted bhekti with caramelized onion and melanzana) and Grilled Kolkata Bekti with Lemon Capper Butter Sauce. Every plate looks very sumptuous and aroma of freshly cooked dishes mesmerizing our senses. Finally it’s time to taste those eye-catching fish dishes.
I tried Mahi Tikka Ajwaini first and it offers flavor, mouthwatering deliciousness and melts in mouth softness, so you’re not going to miss out even if you don’t like fish kebab and tikka. Now we know where to go to prolong our weekend!
Tried the Erbe in Crosta Di Barmundi Indiano (herb crusted bhekti with caramelized onion and melanzana), an unconventional pairing of flavours like melanzana and green chilli.
Pickle Fish was sprinkled with herb dust, extra virgin olive oil and a generous douse of chilli oil, you won’t believe how good they’ve made this humble fish taste.
Save the best for last — after we had a good round of Chef Sandip’s delectable tapas, finally we go ahead and tried the Steamed Kolkata Bhekti. Perfectly steamed bhetki blended with mirin, kikkoman soy, fresh ginger and served hot with Asian herbs and steamed vegetables for astonishing balance in taste, this was one dish you should share but might not want to. Dig in and you’ll find the meaning of happiness.
IPU engages in different promotional activities and strives to popularize the fish culture in the state. With that end in view it organizes several trade fairs as well as exhibitions to bring a wide range of products in display. Thus it attempts to bring sellers and buyers close together in different time of the year. It also assists aquaculture firms in developing various newer products to stay relevant in the market and meet the updated requirements of the buyers. IPU also tries to facilitate appropriate collaborations and tie-ups between compatible companies to assist investment promotion.
The documentary was directed by Robin De, a Kolkata based director of much repute. He has so far made many documentaries films several of which have been highly acclaimed by the critics. The film will be processed at Robin’s Visual Concept, the production house owned by Mr. De. It is situated at Barrackpore, Kolkata. Various popular Fish mainly Hilsa Conservation would be a major highlight of this promotional documentary.
The shooting of the film held between 26th and 29th of August 2015 in five Restaurants in Kolkata (Selected by Mr. Rajdeep Bhattacharjee), Purba and Paschim Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas, and Burdwan. Some of the shooting places include Digha Hatchery, Madhab Agro Shrimp Farm, Kharagpur (I Block) Hatchery, CADC, Tamluk, Amrit Feed Plant, Panagarh etc.
The Joint Director of Fisheries, Dr. S.N. Biswas has issued a letter to his counterparts at all the said districts seeking their co-operation in making this documentary. They have been requested to enable Mr. Dey to openly shoot in the said places and provide him and his team with all possible assistances they might require during the shooting. The authority should also ensure that the team does not face any inconvenience or obstacle shooting in and around the objects as selected by Mr. Dey for the preparation of the documentary. This is because the documentary is being made exclusively to promote the investment in the West Bengal Fisheries Department.