Director Saikat Bhakat’s film Mahanayika which stars Rituparna Sengupta, Indraneil Sengupta in lead roles was being shot at a city hotel. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the actors and the director at the shooting location.
Director Saikat Bhakat’s Mahanayika is the story of Shakuntala Sen, a shining star of Bengali Cinema. She is in love with Anirudhwa and plans to marry him. However Anirudhwa’s father, Arindam Mukherjee who is the richest producer in the industry tells her that she cannot work with any other production house if she marries his son. She agrees to marry him and even rejects a film proposal. After she takes this decision, a detective named Priyabrata Roy visits her. He starts depicting dark stories from her past which have now been blurred due to her bright career. It is then that the audience comes to know that she ditched her teenage lover Rajat for the sake of her art and career. The question arises as to why has Shakuntala agreed to the proposal of Arindam?
“Rituparna Sengupta was the choice for Shakuntala from the very beginning. I could not think of any other actress for the role. She has the screen presence and the charisma too. She is also a powerful actress” said the director, in between shots.
Indraneil Sengupta plays the role of an investigating officer in the film. Speaking in between shots, the actor said “Rituparna Sengupta is a very dear friend and we keep meeting each other at events and gatherings. Having such a friend and also an accomplished actress as a co-artist has been a fulfilling experience for me!! I am enjoying my role as the investigating officer”.
The film boasts of a stellar cast and includes Rituparna Sengupta, Soumitra Chatterjee, Indraneel Sengupta, Saheb Chatterjee, Shubhashis Mukherjee, Biswajit Chakraborty, Chandan Sen, Phalguni Chatterjee, Akash Adhikary and others
The story, script and dialogues have been penned down by Saikat Bhakat and Swagata Chakraborty. The DOP is Premendra Bikash Chaki while the music is by Nachiketa Chakraborty. The film has been produced by Ramkrishna Banerjee.
The film is eyeing for release during November.