Film Preview: DEV as Rock Star with Bengali Actress RITTIKA SEN Lead Aparna Sen's ARSHINAGAR (2015) to Christmas Release Date

Tollywood Hero DEV, Actress RITTIKA SEN in Arshinagar (2015) New Bangla Movie Written-directed by Aparna Sen

Kolkata, September 9 (Washington Bangla Radio): Internationally acclaimed actress and film-maker Aparna Sen will present Tollywood superstar Dev in a new avatar in her upcoming Bengali movie "Arshinagar" (আর্শিনগর), a 21st century take on Shakespeare’s classic "Romeo and Juliet". The film explores the dark and shady underworld of the land mafia, and features a return of the evergreen diva Waheeda Rehman to the silver screen.

Indian Kolkata Bangla Movie Hero DEV
DEV - vocals, guitars and frontman of (fictitious) rock group "Garage Band"

Dev will be seen as an aspiring rock star. He plays Rony - a character inspired by Romeo. Rony is a member of  the rock group "Garage Band".

Bengali actress Rittika Sen is the current teenage hot flame of Tollywood. She debuted in Raj Chakrabarty’s "Borbaad" opposite fellow new-comer Bonny Sengupta.  Rittika's character of Julekha Bagchi is derived from Shakespeare's Juliet.

Hot tollywood actress RITTIKA SEN and Aparna Sen
Aparna Sen, Rittika Sen

According to sources, Aparna Sen wanted her heroine to be a decade younger than her hero, explaining the interesting variation in the experience level of the lead pair.

Jisshu Sengupta is currently basking in rave reviews, having successfully portrayed a devilish Kabir in Srijit Mukerji's game-changing "Rajkahini". He will return with a negative role in "Arshinagar", playing a hot tempered and flamboyant cousin of Julekha. In this role, Jisshu will thus be seen as a modern Tybalt, the main antagoinist in "Romeo and Juliet".

A big and eagerly anticipated name from the cast of Aarshinagar is living legend Waheeda Rehman. Aparna Sen has roped in the veteran actor to play the role of Julekha’s grandmother. This is the second time that she has directed Waheeda Rehman after bringing home a National Award for her "15 Park Avenue". Rehman played the mother of Konkona Sen Sharma and Shabana Azmi in that outstanding film.

In addition, Tollywood powerhouse actors Kaushik Sen and Roopa Ganguly have played pivotal roles in "Arshinagar", enacting the son and daughter of Waheeda Rehman’s character.

Waheeda Rehman

Actor-director Kamaleshwar Mukherjee will be seen as Salim Saab, the music teacher of Julekha. Jaya Seal Ghosh and Shankar Chakrabarty play the parents of the protagonist Rony (Dev). Shantilal Mukherjee will be seen getting  into the skin of a corrupt politician.

DEV, Aparna Sen, Debojyoti Mishra
DEV, Aparna Sen, Debojyoti Mishra

Sirsha Roy is the DOP of the film. The composer and music director is Debojyoti Mishra.

Produced by Shree Venkatesh films of Calcutta, Arshinagar (Bengali, 2015) has a release date of Christmas, Dec 25.