Director Prem Modi shot the last leg of Arjun (produced by T. Sarkar Productions) — an adaptation of Samaresh Majumdar’s two detective stories Khunkharapi and Kalimpongey Sitaharan — in Kalimpong last week. The thriller stars newcomer Om as Arjun, “the youngest Bengali sleuth after Feluda and Bomkesh Bakshi”, and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty as his mentor Amol Som. t2 was there to catch the action....
Sabyasachi, Om and Dipankar De take a break during the climax shoot of Arjun in Kalimpong’s The Frazer Hostel, near Dr Graham’s Home. The hostel was turned into a sanatorium. “The Kalimpong shoot is the most difficult because there are chase and fight sequences. I fell down a cliff and hurt my knees,” said Om. De plays Mr Roy, an NRI who hires Om and Amol Som, to watch over his daughter Sita (Raya). “My daughter is a drug addict and is in bad company and so I have hired private detectives. But there’s more to my character. I’m after a valuable treasure.... I have worked with Prem in Phande Poriya Boga Kande Re. He was the chief associate director there. I really liked his involvement. Om is a newcomer but he has a sweet and intelligent face,” said De.
Thick-framed glasses and a khadi jacket with a full-sleeved shirt,
Feluda slipped into the shoes of
Amol Som with little effort. And yes, most of his shots were okayed at one go! “Amol Som is very, very different from Feluda. Here I’m more of a mentor to Arjun and yes, I have a disguise in the film which I cannot reveal now but everyone will know it’s me!” laughed Sabyasachi.
“I was terribly nervous
at the beginning because most of my scenes were with Dipankarda and Benuda (Sabyasachi). But they have helped me immensely with valuable tips,” smiled Om (here in a shot with De).
Newcomer Raj plays Peter, a role he can’t reveal much about. “At the beginning, my character comes across as the bad guy but he is not actually,” said Raj.
Sabyasachi in a fight scene with Vicky Subba, a local artiste.
Sabyasachi has a few suggestions for director Prem Modi and his assistant Rakesh before a chase sequence. “This is the last schedule of Arjun and we are shooting some of the vital scenes. I am very happy with the team,” said Modi.
Ready for action — Om turns into Arjun the sleuth.
Workshop director Sohag Sen was there to bail out anyone who got stuck with their lines or expressions. “We had a pretty long workshop. The first few days were just about breaking the ice and building confidence.... Om is quite equipped but I find his voice weak. I’m sure it will get better by the day and he is trying very hard.... I make it a point to be on the sets as I like to see how they perform. I often act out a scene before a shot,” said Sen.
ghost-hunters: Also nestled in Kalimpong is Sandip Ray, who is shooting his ghost film Brown Shaheber Bari with Abir Chatterjee, Bhaswar Chatterjee and Biswajit Chakraborty. “We are having a blast here and believe it or not, Abir and I are wearing Satyajit Ray’s clothes! I’m wearing Ray’s blue cardigan, while Abir is sporting his check shirt. We are also wearing his wrist watches!” an excited Bhaswar told t2 over phone. In Brown Shaheber Bari, Abir plays Ranjan, who comes to Kalimpong to meet his childhood friend Anik (Bhaswar), who runs a travel agency. Biswajit plays Mr Banerjee, a tea planter. “Ranjan wants to take Anik to Brown Shaheb’s bungalow, which is haunted. Anik is scared of ghosts but agrees after a lot of cajoling and insists on taking Mr Banerjee along with them.... And yes, we are also on a gastronomic trip here — from momos to chicken patty and all kinds of bakery items, we are having everything!” added Bhaswar.
B’day boy: Prosenjit gets a piece of his birthday cake from his Hanumaan.com co-star Moushumi, as Rudranil Ghosh and producer Namit Bajoria look on. The team was shooting at a north Calcutta residence on Sunday. Prosenjit plays a schoolteacher in the film directed by Gaurav Pandey. Picture by Pabitra Das