ABORTO (2013) Bengali Movie Debutant Director Arindam Sil's Tribute to Satyajit Ray (Interview)

By Barshali Banerjee

Arindam Sil
Arindam Sil (Photo via Facebook)

Kolkata, Jan 5, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) Actor, producer and now debutant director Arindam Sil told WBRi, “My first Bengali feature film as a director will be dedicated as a tribute to Satyait Ray. For this reason, I have featured some of the important characters from his films. For my viewers the most interesting part is that those characters’ names are not just a mere imitation but at some point the characters from Ray’s films and mine come face to face and realize what they have lost out due to the rat race of life.”

Arindam Sil is known for his acclaimed acting performances and his directorial foray will be much interesting to watch. Apart from as an actor, the Indian Bangla movie industry has also seen him as a producer. His directorial project Aborto, which is also the debut production of Globyn, will be a film about conventions, corporate life and relationships chocking in tradition and commercial business.

Arindam further told Washington Bangla Radio, “I grew within myself in these two decades and in this time I came across some very good actors - Tota being one of them. I decided to attempt to bring back some of the old flavors of Ray's films. Duli - a character from the master's ‘Aranyaner din Ratri’ - returns in my film played by Reshmi Ghosh. Reshmi plays the sensuous woman here and tantalizes Shyamal Sen (Tota Roy Chowdhury), resulting in Shyamal maintaining a distance from his wife Charu. Charu, played immaculately by Jaya Ahsan, is once again a sex deprived married woman like in ‘Charulata’.”

Hot Bangladeshi Bengali Actress Jaya Ahsan (Joya Ahsan)
Bangladeshi Actress Joya Ahsan (Photo via Facebook)

Aborto, though devoid of any super-star value, does boast of some very powerful actresses and actors who can deliver great performances, including Barun Chanda, Saswata Chatterjee, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Piyush Ganguly, Abir Chatterjee, Kaushik Ganguly, Swastika Mukherjee and Reshmi Ghosh. Prominent Bangladeshi actress Jaya Ahsan is also part of the cast and needs special mention as she is going to portray a very serious character in the film. Joya Ahsan is a renowned actress from Bangladesh film industry. According to director Arindam Sil, she has done a great job in the film.

Tota Roy Chowdhury plays Shyamal Sen - seen previously as the protagonist in Ray’s ‘Seemabaddha’. Similar to his previous incarnation, Shyamal belongs to a middle class family from North Calcutta and dreams of climbing high in life. He is a man of principles, maintains discipline in life but somehow he becomes fiercely ambitious, even putting his marriage at risk. Getting completely entrapped in corporate culture he discards his own relations with people closest to him. Trapped in the vortex created by himself, he later realizes his precarious position and tries to rectify himself.

In another important role Abir Chatterjee would be seen as a young cricketer Hari. He has established a mischievous image of himself in the eyes of girls. Other than playing cricket he keeps himself busy with girls and almost every day a new woman comes into his life. Abir’s role is a reflection of the character of Shamit Bhanga from ‘Aranyer Din Ratri’.

Leading Tollywood actress Swastika Mukherjee will be seen in a cameo in this film. She is seen in an item number, her role being a tribute to cabaret queen Miss Shefali. It is a safe bet Swastika Mukherjee's sexy item song will set fire on the screen.

Arindam Sil, Atanu Ghosh and Padmanabha Dasgupta together have written the script for this Indian Bangla movie. The music for this movie has been composed by Bickram Ghosh and the songs are classical-based with contemporary adaptations.

Aborto has an expected release date of March 1. The film is lined up for international screenings in the U.K, the U.S.A and Singapore.