No, please don’t be misled as this new movie ‘Khiladi’ doesn’t have Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in its star cast.
Khiladi is a pure mainstream Bangla cinema, which features Tollywood hero Ankush Hazra and the beautiful & sexy Nusrat Jahan in the lead. This Tollywood movie has been produced by Ashok Dhanuka and Himanshu Dhanuka of Eskay Movies and is directed by the renowned Oriya filmmaker Ashok Pati. This is the debut directorial venture of Ashok Pati in Tollywood, even though he previously has directed few Superhit commercial films in Orissa.
Music of the film has been composed by Shree Pritam. The film is scheduled to release on October 11th, 2013, which is the grand day of Maha Saptami for the Bengali’s. Infact Kolkata Durga Puja itself is playing a pivotal element in terms of storytelling pattern of this film. The drama parts of Khiladi were shot in Mohisadal, Joka (Eskay Movie Floor), whereas the song sequences were shot in Thailand & Ladakh.
The story of this film gets initiated on the day of “Mahalaya” and reaches its mega climax on ‘Dashami’, which is the last day of Durga Puja. So, you can very well understand that this ought to be an appropriate film to be released during the biggest festival of Bengal. Filming of Khiladi started on May 18, 2013. According to the director, apart from being a typical Comedy film, it also has a social message for its viewers. The story of the film revolves around the love story between a Muslim boy and a Bengali Hindu girl. In ‘Khiladi’, the viewers will see Ankush disguising himself as a Hindu in order to get into Nusrat’s family during the occasion of Sharod utsav.
The Movie features actors like Tapas Paul, Laboni Sarkar, Supriyo Dutta, Rajatava Dutta, Kharaj Mukherjee. The mere names of the cast make it quite evident that the Bangla ‘Khiladi’ is all set to be an absolute masala potboiler & Eskay Movies is likely to have another mega hit in their kitty after the Dev –Subhoshree – Nusrat starer “Khoka 420”, which was released during the first quarter of 2013.
Recently in order to promote ‘Khiladi’ on Television, the lead pair of Khiladi Ankush & Nusrat visited the sets of the popular mega serial CID. This is very popular serial that is telecast in Sony Aath & follows the footsteps of CID in Hindi. But it wasn’t just a mere promotional appearance; it also had a fictional plot. This Khiladi Promotional plot, which follows Nusrat, as she is stalked by a psyche admirer, sees the duo reaching out to the Bengali CID team for help as ACP along with his team lead out an espionage to nail down the criminal. Nusrat frankly said that she loves the serial and feels very joyous to visit its set and meet its actors. Ankush on the other hand opined that the CID team is the real Khiladi of Bengali Television arena and its been a pleasure for him to meet the CID unit and interact with its team members.
Photographs: Pratik Banerjee