Mahanayika: Rituparna Sengupta's Glorious Reflection as Tollywood Queen on Silver Screen: Backstory Trailer Bengali Film Preview

By J P Mandal, WBRINN (newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com)

Mahanayika - Rituparna Sengupta and Indraneil Sengupta
Mahanayika (Bengali, 2016) Film Still: Rituparna Sengupta and Indraneil Sengupta

Kolkata, Feb 4 (Washington Bangla Radio) - Tollywood Bangla film industry's biggest heroine of present time Rituparna Sengupta will be seen as the same in her next movie titled ‘Mahanayika’.

Directed by debutante director Saikat Bhakat, the film boasts of a stellar cast which  part from Rituparna also includes Soumitra Chatterjee, Indraneil Sengupta, Saheb Chatterjee, Shubhashis Mukherjee, Biswajit Chakraborty, Chandan Sen, Phalguni Chatterjee, Akash Adhikary and others.

Rituparna Sengupta and Tanushree Chakraborty Showstoppers at Sharad Sundari Kolkata Beauty Pageant

“Mahanayika” revolves around Shakuntala Sen (Rituparna Sengupta), the top actress of Bengali film Industry. She has every fame and success in her life. Shakuntala is also in a relationship with Anirudhdha (Shaheb Chatterjee) and is set to get married soon.

Mahanayika - Rituparna Sengupta and Indraneil Sengupta
Mahanayika (Bengali, 2016) Film Still: Rituparna Sengupta and Indraneil Sengupta

Anirudhdha's dad Arindam Mukherjee (Soumitra Chatterjee) is the biggest producer in the film industry. He accepts the relation of his son and Shakuntala but lays down the condition that Shakuntala will not act in other movies outside their own production house.

This lands Shakuntala in the biggest dilemma she has ever faced. However after a lot of struggle with herself, she finally agrees to marry Aniruddha accepting the terms of his father. On this course Shakuntala even rejects the proposal of a film which could have had a career-defining role for her.

Mahanayika - Rituparna Sengupta and Saheb Chatterjee
Mahanayika (Bengali, 2016) Film Still: Rituparna Sengupta and Saheb Chatterjee

This turns from bad to worse her when ghosts of her past come haunting. The one who digs up buried secrets of her past is a sleuth named Priyabrata Roy (Indraneil Sengupta). As Priyabrata starts depicting dark stories from her past the audience comes to know how she ditched her teenage lover Rajat before she became a star.

Priyabrata also threatens to go public with the conditions that Shakuntala agreed to from Arindam Mukherjee’s proposal.

Saikat Bhakat
Writer-director Saikat Bhakat

Though there were speculations about the movie being a biopic of Suchitra Sen who is also referred to as "Mahanayika", in fact only a few moments of the movie have been inspired from Sen's life. For example Shakuntala will be seen acting in a film titled Kamallata while Suchitra Sen has acted in a movie of the same name in the year 1969. The plot is entirely different and will have thriller elements.

The screenplay and dilaogues have been written by Saikat Bhakat and his better half Swagata Bhakat. The songs of the film have been performed by Nachiketa. A few Tagore songs also have been used in the movie.

Rituparna Sengupta
Rituparna Sengupta

The background score has been composed by Raja Narayan Dev. Premendu Bikash Chaki is the Director of Photography of the film while Moloy Laha is in charge of editing. Ananda Adhya is the art director of the film.

Produced by RKB films, the movie is going to hit the theatres on 12th February. Watch the official trailer of new Bangla movie Mahaniyka: