Saheb Chatterjee in "GOYENDA GOGOL" and "THE COLONEL" Bengali New Crime Mystery Detective Movies (Interview)

By Jyoti Prakash Mandal

Bengali Singer and Tollywood actor Saheb Chatterjee

Kolkata, September 9 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Anyone is expected to be excited to work in a detective movie. But when he is doing two at a time it cannot be better for him. Actor and singer Saheb Chatterjee is on a high as he has bagged roles in two Indian Tollywood Kolkata Bangla movies based on very famous characters created by more famous authors.

The first one of them is on the immortal character of Colonel penned by Syed Mustafa Siraj. While veteran actor Chiranjit Chatterjee will play the role of Colonel Niladri Sarkar, Saheb is essaying the role of Jayanta, the lazy journalist who accompanies Colonel in all his missions. Saheb exclusively told Washington Bangla Radio, “The Bengali film Colonel is based on the series ‘The Colonel’ by the recently demised writer Syed Mustafa Siraj. The film is being directed by Raja Sen. I am playing the role of Jayanta, the assistant of Colonel Niladri Sarkar. Jayanta’s character  is equivalent to the character of Topse in Feluda series.”

Colonel Niladri Sarkar’s role will be a major comeback for Chiranjit and if the character of colonel is made according to the way as described in the novel, then people will see the actor sporting a Santa beard and smoking pipes. Colonel in Syed Mustafa Siraj’s novel is also a butterfly collector and an ornithologist.

Apart from Chiranjit and Saheb the film will also have Tapas Pal in a meaty role. Kharaj Mukherjee is also going to play a role which is almost equivalent to the character of Jatayau of Feluda series. One more interesting fact about this film is that the father and daughter duo of Tapas Pal and Sohini Pal will be sharing screen space together. A lot of positives are also expected from director Raja Sen who had won the National award for the Best children’ film, ‘Damu’ in 1997 and has made successful films like ‘Desh’, ‘Debipakhsha’ and ‘Krisnakanter Will’.

“Sohini is paired opposite to me. She is playing the character of Chandrima and will be seen as a model and an aspiring actor.” said Saheb.

Saheb is also going to play the father of Gogol in another upcoming detective film ‘Goenda Gogol’. Gogol is another immortal character created by celebrated author Samaresh Basu. Gogol is a kid who solves various mysteries. “It will be interesting to play the dad of a detective kid. Rachana Banerjee is going to play my wife and Gogol’s mother. The film is being directed by Anup Sengupta.”

“As everyone knows the climax of these famous stories, the execution of the stories is going to be the key.” added Saheb.

The two films by two great authors of Bengal is sure to win many accolade from the cine lovers.

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