PRAKTAN: Bengali Film Preview and Back Story - Anupam Roy Debuts as Actor with Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta

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

Rituparna Sengupta and Prosenjit Chatterjee

Kolkata, Feb 23 (Washington Bangla Radio) - Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta were once the top jodi of Bengali film Industry, both on screen and real life. They together have delivered more than fifty hit films over years. But the two lovers had moved apart after ‘Jamai Babu Zindabad’ (2001). They were rarely seen communicating with each other or appearing together in public events.

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The two stars have moved on and now have their own respective families. But after a long 14 years they are uniting again on screen in a new Bangla movie from acclaimed director-duo Shiboprasad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy.

And this time their real-life and screen-life are going to be merged as they play ex-lovers in the film tilted ‘Prakton’.

Though the storyline is being kept hush-hish, our sources indicate Prosenjit and Rituparna play former lovers in a plot which has never been seen before in the Bengali film industry.

Directors Shiboprasad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy are perhaps having their career peak. After a series of highly successful films including IccheRamdhanu, Accident, Muktodahra and Alikh Sukh, they have presented the audience with Belaseshe,  their most successful film till date. Belaseshe, regarded as a milestone in Bengali films, also starred Rituparna in a pivotal role.

The actress received much critical appreciation for her role in Belaseshe and once again demonstrated her talent fully under the direction of Shiboprasad and Nandita.

However the directors are working with Prosenjit for the first time. Reportedly it was Prosenjit who first expressed a desire to work with Shiboprasad and Nandita. The directors were prompt to share the script with Prosenjit and the superstar liked it immediately.

The directors also did some icebreaking between him and Rituparna, presenting the audience their favorite on-screen couple after fourteen long years.

Other than Prosenjit and Rituparna, Prakton also stars Manali and Biswanath, playing a couple. According to our sources, the role of Manali  and Biswanath are very crucial to the plot.

Another crucial role is played by television actor Aparajita Auddy. She too has become a favorite star for the directors after her role of Buri in Belaseshe was highly appreciated.

A surprise in the star cast of Prakton is singer, song-writer and composer Anupam Roy. He has been literally forced by Shiboprasad to do a small role in the film. The  new-gen singer has thousands of fans who have been wanting  him to appear on the big screen for a while. But the handsome singer has turned down scores of acting offers before. Surely his innumerable fans (he has more of them now after making national debut as music director with Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan starrer Piku) will be grateful to Shiboprasad Mukherjee for being so adamant on making Anupam play this role.

Two other musicians are also going to be part of the film’s cast. They are Upal Sengupta and Anindya Banerjee.

Veteran actress and evergreen Sabitri Chatterjee will also mark her comeback to the silver screen after a while in Prakton. She will be seen with Soumitra Chatterjee.

Prakton has wrapped up shooting and the film is now in post-production stage. It is expected to open in theatres in mid-2016.