Praktan (Bengali: প্রাক্তন; meaning former) is a 2016 Indian Bengali film directed by Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy. The film starred award winning actor Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta. The film released to a huge reception on 27th May, 2016 worldwide.
Praktan was released on Friday, 27th May 2016 in both the city of Kolkata as well as in all the other major towns and cities of West Bengal at the same time. The film screened in 90+ cinema theaters in the Greater Kolkata region alone. Besides Kolkata; Praktan was also released to the audience in more than 25 cinema theaters outside of West Bengal(throughout the country) and in 7 theaters in USA, covering almost all the major American cities with a large Bengali diaspora. The film was also screened in two cinema theaters in Canada. Praktan has now become the biggest ever Bengali-film release breaking many earlier records of the film industry. Praktan is one among the ten Bengali films from first half of 2016 to win Critical Acclaim.
On the very first day of its release, the film grossed an estimated 25 lacs rupees, becoming the highest grossing film of the day. Within three days the film made a business of 1 Crore rupees. It is being surmised that the film will be raking in as much as 2 Crore rupees after the first week. The film enjoyed significant success overseas also, becoming one of the first Bengali films to nearly earn a total of 5 lacs rupees. In the opening week itself the film grossed an estimated earning of 3.6 lacs rupees in the 7 cinema theaters in USA and made approximately 1.02 lac rupees in Canada.
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