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A tale of tenderness

Bypassing Bollywood, Tollywood has set its sight on Hollywood. Coming up for shooting is Tollywood’s version of the English cult film Love Story.

Jisshu Sengupta and Koel Mullick will play Oliver Barrett IV and Jennifer Cavilleri in the Erich Segal novel.

Titled Love, the film will be directed by Kranti maker Riingo and produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. Here, Koel is Christian schoolteacher Riya Fernandez, while Jisshu plays wealthy boy Rahul. George Baker will play Jisshu’s father.

Love is my way of paying tribute to Erich Segal. We haven’t deviated much from the original. In the book the lovers meet in a library, while in our film the characters meet at a café in Kalimpong. It’s a very simple film about love and romance and we are all extremely charged up,” says Riingo.

But whether or not Riya and Rahul’s love is doomed, as in the original, is something that Riingo will not reveal at the moment.

Before they slip into the shoes of the lead pair — shooting begins on October 24 — Koel and Jisshu are busy workshopping with the director.

“I am thrilled to play a Christian character for the first time, and that too in this beautiful romantic love story. It’s an extremely passionate film. It explores separation and the pain of the lovers.... I play a simple piano teacher, while Jisshu is this rich boy who falls for me,” says Koel.

Love will be shot at Vedic Village, and in Darjeeling, Ghoom and Kalimpong. Jeet Ganguly will score the music for five songs.

“We have a medium budget, but the film will have great locales and brilliant cinematography,” promises Riingo, who is also awaiting the release of his second feature film Neel Rajar Deshe, about the fantasies and adventures of two kids, in end-December.

Love apart, Jisshu and Koel are also the lead pair in Prabir Nandy’s yet-to-release family drama Bangal Ghoti Fatafati.

Will Jisshu and Koel make the perfect Love Story pair'

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