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Sir sets date with Kalimpong

- Kaushik Ganguly to shoot Tollywood film in hills from today

Kalimpong, Sept. 23: The beauty of the hills will show on screen next in the Bengali film C/O Sir, shooting for which begins in Kalimpong tomorrow.

Barfi!, the Hindi film released recently, was shot in Darjeeling last year.

Sir director Kaushik Ganguly hopes that his latest film, which tells the story of a visually-challenged schoolteacher’s battle with his disability, will be as well received as the tale of the hearing-impaired protagonist of Anurag Basu’s Barfi!.

Ganguly and his crew have arrived here and will stay at the Deolo tourist lodge during the shooting which will conclude on October 1.

Uday Mani Pradhan, Ganguly’s friend based in Darjeeling, said the director and the crew were here last week to scout for locations, and had zeroed in on few places, especially the Munsong area.

“We visited Durpin, Deolo and Munsong, and Kaushik was very impressed with those places. I have been associated with the shooting of 11 films in Darjeeling, and felt why not try Kalimpong and Kurseong. The places we visited in Kalimpong are beautiful,” Pradhan said over the phone from Darjeeling.

Pradhan said after Kalimpong, the cast and the crew would move to Kurseong where shooting has been scheduled at Dow Hill School and Victoria Boys’ School. “Churni Ganguly (actress and wife of Kaushik) studied in Dow Hill and her father taught at Victoria for 21 years. Kaushik has shot at both the schools before,” he said.

Ganguly, who has to his credit films like Laptop, Waris and Ek Mutho Chhabi, has described his latest offering as a romantic thriller where “love, faith and mistrust run parallel”.

The main character of the movie, a schoolteacher called Jayabrato Ray, will be essayed by Saswata Chatterjee.

The others in the cast are Raima Sen, who plays Sushmita Gupta, a solicitor; Indraneil Sengupta, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Churni.