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‘Reely’ special Durga Puja gift

Durga Puja will coincide with the cinematic homecoming of a Bengali filmmaker who grew up in Jamshedpur.

Tathagata Bhattacherjee will release his third Bengali feature film Astra (Weapons) simultaneously in Calcutta and Jamshedpur this autumn. Calcutta-based Bhattacherjee, a DBMS English School alumnus, decided to release the film in Jamshedpur as “the city is very special to me and the film has three actors from here”.

The film stars veterans Soumitra Chattopadhyay, Deepankar De, Biplab Chattopadhyay, Shankar Chakraborty, Joy Mukherjee and Samapika. Actors from Jamshedpur include Siddhartha Sen — seen in a brief cameo in Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan — as well as veteran theatre artistes Gautam Shankar and Indranil Hazra. Produced by Amit Agarwal, who heads Adarsh Telemedia, it is scripted and directed by Bhattacherjee.

This is Bhattacherjee’s third feature film after Antarghat in 2001 and Seven Days in 2011, but he has directed over 100 documentary and short films. He is also a founder of Take 5 Communications, a Calcutta-based production house.

Bhattacherjee, who completed his BCom from St Xavier’s College, Calcutta, and did a two-year diploma in film direction from National Institute for Film and Fine Arts, again in Calcutta, worked with acclaimed director Tapan Sinha’s crew for three years.

“I started my independent work from 1996. Our unit was lucky that the legendary Soumitrada received his Dadasaheb Phalke Award during production. It has been my privilege to have worked with Victor Banerjee, Biplab Chattopadhyay and other big names in Tollywood,” he said.