Atul Kulkarni in a film on Tagore?

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The Ebar Shobor maker is gearing up for two movies, one of which will star Arpita

If all goes well, Atul Kulkarni will soon be part of a Bengali film. Arindam Sil is adapting Saikat Kundu’s story on Tagore and his songs for a musical that will question the youth’s understanding of the Bard. Atul is slated to be a part of this project.

“I’m working on two scripts and am not sure which one to start first as everything depends on the actors’ dates. The first one on Tagore will throw up subtle questions on how clued in are today’s youngsters about Tagore and his philosophy. I am working on it along with PadmanabhaDasgupta. Talks are on with Atul to play the protagonist; he is one of the most brilliant actors we have today. I have already had an initial talk and will soon send him the script. This film will be shot in Delhi and I have plans to cast more actors from Mumbai to play the Hindi-speaking characters,” says Arindam.

Atul is no less excited, “I was thrilled when Arindamda narrated the story to me as the subject is really intriguing. I will consider myself lucky if I get to essay this character.”

Arindam, who is busy with the post-production of EbarShobor, his second directorial venture, is planning another film. He will be making a movie on SirshenduMukhopadhyay’s Madam O Mohashay. “I went numb when I first read the novel. Sirshenduda too suggested that I make a film on it. The film’s working title is HaranoPraptiarNiruddesh; Padma and I are on the verge of completing the script. Several stories run parallel in the film, becoming one at the end,” informs Arindam.

The director says he is in talks with Arpita to play a pivotal role. “She loved the novel and showed interest. That apart, I have SayoniGhosh and KoneenicaBanerjee in mind. For the male cast, it will be RitwickChakraborty, ParambrataChatterjee, AbirChatterjee and GauravChakrabarty. But Param is currently busy with Mahabharat and Romeo-Juliet, so his dates need to be worked out,” says the director. The author too is upbeat about the screen adaptation of his novel. “I have no issues with Arindam making a movie on Madam O Mohashay. The novel has several plots and sub-plots, which connect at the end,” says Sirshendu.

Arpita, on her part, adds, “I loved the novel and had a talk with Arindamda. The character that he has thought for me, has loads of layers. But it is too early to comment as many things will have to be taken into consideration before I sign up for the role.” Either of the two films will go on the floors from end-February.
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