Bengal’s pride Kaushik Ganguly will once again, be seen working in Mumbai, this time directing the Hindi remake of his own film ‘SHOBDO‘.
After winning the ‘Best’ regional film award in last year’s National Award ceremony, Shobdo is being highly praised not only nationally but also globally as well. This highly acclaimed Kolkata Bangla Tollywood Movie has received immense positive response from all the International Film Festivals, wherever it got featured.
Keeping in mind, this overwhelming audience & critic’s responses, Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor jointly have decided to recreate this Bengali Masterpiece in Hindi under the banner of their newly launched production house. Being a Bengali himself Anurag Basu has always been very appreciative towards the modern trend of Tollywood film making.
Anurag and Kaushik share a very special bond and their relationship goes back to the time when Kaushik Ganguly used to direct a very popular Hindi daily soap, named ‘Rahat’ for Zee Television Network. It was some 15 years back when Kaushik & Churni Ganguly both used to work in Mumbai for Zee Television Network and Anurag was an advertisement/documentary filmmaker then. Now both of them are successful feature film directors in their respective domains.
After the immense success of ‘Barfi’ Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor both teamed up to initiate a new production house and the remake of ‘Shobdo’ will be their first project. Though Anurag Basu could have directed the Hindi version of ‘Shobdo’ himself but he still approached Kaushik Ganguly to once again take up the director’s baton for the Hindi version of “Shobdo” as well. As learned from our Mumbai sources, very soon Anurag Basu and Kaushik Ganguly would meet up to finalize the Hindi script as they are planning to incorporate some new twists and angles to the story line as Anurag strongly felt that there must be some fresh elements to re-motivate Kasuhik Ganguly to direct the same film yet again.
They are also busy zeroing down on the lead protagonist’s character, which was brilliantly enacted by Ritwik Chakraborty in the original film. Anurag Basu isn’t thinking about recasting Ritwik Chakraborty in the Hindi remake because he feels that this would be too early a leap for Ritwik in the highly competitive Bollywood arena.
The Producer also feels that Hindi ‘Shabd’ essentially requires a National Face to play the lead character, someone who has got an International recognition & reputation as a performer. Irfan Khan is being considered to be the front runner for the role and the Second choice is the ‘Kaahani’ actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The character of the lady Psychiatrist, played by Churni Ganguly most probably will go to either Vidya Balan or Divya Dutta and Victor Banerjee would repeat his role in the Hindi version as well. Anurag Basu did not consider his friend cum partner Ranbir Kapoor for the lead role because he is already planning a film (based on Kishore Kumar‘s life) with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead and Ranbir’s date schedule is so tight that he will only be able to do either of the two.
It all started with “Bhooter Bhobisyot” and now its “Shabdo”, it seems that 20013-14 will be that landmark juncture when Bollywood will officially salute the talent of Tollywood.
Sanjeeb Banerji takes a keen interest in both Old and Contemporary/modern Bengali literature and cinema and have written several short stories for Bengali Little magazines. He also runs a little magazine in Bangla, named – Haat Nispish, which has completed its 6th consecutive year in the last Kolkata International Book Fair. Being the eldest grandson of Late Sukumar Bandopadhaya, who was the owner of HNC Productions and an eminent film producer cum distributor of his time (made platinum blockbusters with Uttam Kumar, like “Prithibi Aamarey Chaaye”, “Indrani” and several others), Sanjib always nurtured an inherent aspiration of making it big and worthy in the reel arena. He has already written few screenplays for ETV BANGLA.
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