ZULFIKAR (ZULFIQAR) - Srijit Mukherji's New Bangla Movie Goes on Floors: Film Preview, Story and Cast

By JP Mandal
jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com

Srijit Mukherji and Prosenjit Chatterjee (WBRi File Photo)
Srijit Mukherji and Prosenjit Chatterjee (WBRi File Photo)

Kolkata, Dec 6 (Washington Bangla Radio): Bengalees worldwide are looking forward to continuation of Srijit Mukherji's fabulous success as a film-maker after Rajkahini with his just-announced next Zulfikar. According to reports, Zulfikar draws from two Shakespeare classics and the star cast will include top Kolkata Bangla movie actors DEV, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Ankush, Kanchan Mullik and Kaushik Sen among others.

Tollywood Hero DEV (WBRi File Photo)
Tollywood Hero DEV (WBRi File Photo)

The two works of inspiration of the new Bangla movie are Julius Ceaser and Anthony and Cleopetra, both of which revolve round the Roman empire under Julius Ceaser. Both the works by the the bird of Avon have multiple female characters for which leading Tollywood actresses Paoli Dam, Nusrat Jahan and June Maliah have reportedly been roped in.

Bengali Actress NUSRAT JAHAN (C) WBRi Inc. (File Photo)
Bengali Actress NUSRAT JAHAN (WBRi File Photo)

According to reports another surprise addition to the new Tollywood film's ensemble cast is Kyra Dutt, the model from Kolkata who made her big Bollywood debut in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Calendar Girls.

Kyra Dutt and Calendar Girls (C) WBRi Inc.
Madhur Bhandarkar with Kyra Dutt and fellow calendar girls Satarupa Pyne, Ruhi Singh, Avani Modi and Akansha Puri (WBRi File Photo)

Though no cast or crew member is keen in divulging details of who will be seen playing which characters inspired by Julius Ceasar, Markus Brutus, Mark Antony, Cassius, Lepidus, Enobarbus, Calpurnia, Cleopatra, Portia, Octavia or a host of other immortal characters by the greatest playwright of all times, speculation is ripe by that Tollywood’s biggest star Prosenjit will play the larger-than-life character of Julius Ceaser and Nusrat Jahan will be seen as Cleopetra.

It is also been speculated that either Parambrata or Jissu Sengupta will get into the skin of Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius).

The film however will not portray the age of Julius Ceaser. Rather it will be based on present day Kolkata and will deal with the mafia and the underworld of the city. This will be the first time Kolkata-based shipping mafia will be explored in a movie.

Paoli Dam (C) WBRi Inc.
Paoli Dam (WBRi File Photo)

As you know, Zulfikar (also spelt Zulfiqar) was the name of the double-bladed sword presented to Prophet Muhammad's cousin Ali ibn Abi Talib for bravery in the battle of Uhud. Swords are still forged in the middle-east with a split top in honor of Zulfiqar.

According to sources, Anupam Roy will compose music for the film and lyricist Srijato will debut in the film as an actor.

June Maliah (C) WBRi Inc.
June Maliah (WBRi File Photo)

Zulfikar is a venture of Shree Venkatesh Films of Kolkata and goes on the floors on 8th December. Stay tuned to WBRi for updates.

NUSRAT JAHAN (C) WBRi Inc.
NUSRAT JAHAN (WBRi File Photo)