Sisir Ray (Soumitra Chatterjee) is a retired clerk who befriends a few regulars at a nearby park. One of them has murder on her mind (Radhika Apte), the other is a mathematics teacher (Koushik Sen) looking for some thrills in his otherwise boring life; there’s a new bride (Sohini Sarkar) who wants to run away from her husband and in-laws and a typist (Rahul) who has nothing to look forward to in life. Then there is Jisshu Sengupta who plays Radhika’s husband and Arindam Sil as Sisir’s son’s friend.
Director Atanu Ghosh’s Rupkatha Noy is a “mixed genre” film about ordinary people who don’t live ordinary lives. “I got the story idea after reading a book titled Change Your Thoughts — Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. There’s a person like Sisir in the book and I fleshed out the character further. People haven’t seen Soumitrada in a role like this in a long time. Sisir is completely opposite to what Soumitrada is in real life. He doesn’t speak chaste Bangla, has a wry sense of humour... he is the protagonist of my film,” said Atanu, who had earlier directed Chatterjee in his debut film Angshumaner Chhobi (2009) where he played an actor and a recluse. “I have repeated two actors from my last film — Soumitrada and Jisshu (the lead in yet-to-release Ek Phaali Rod),” he added.
Antaheen girl Radhika, who was in Calcutta a couple of months back shooting for Soukarya Ghoshal’s Pendulum will be back in November for Rupkatha Noy. “Radhika plays a corporate woman, very polished but she has a deadly motive. She wants to murder a few people. Her character has a shock element and I wanted someone who’s not seen much in Bengali films. Plus, I wanted somebody who is very expressive and Radhika has very expressive eyes. I chose Koushik to play a mathematics teacher because he is a very good actor and he is also my favourite. I have done about 14 telefilms with him and this would be our first feature film.
“Rahul has a totally deglamorised look in the film. Gaurav Chakrabarty plays Sohini’s husband who is a bhadro chhele and doesn’t know how to deal with a wife who wants to run away. I find him to be a very sensitive actor and I really liked him in Laptop. I have worked with Jisshu in Takhan Teish and Ek Phaali Rod. In Rupkatha Noy he has a special appearance. He has just one scene but it’s the most pivotal scene of the film.”
The film focuses on how Sisir comes in touch with all of them and changes their lives and how his life too takes a different course.
Music director Joy Sarkar will score the four songs in the film. “None of the characters lip-sync to the songs. The songs appear in the background,” said Atanu.
Rupkatha Noy will be produced jointly by Arindam Sil’s Nothing Beyond Cinema and Firdausul Hasan-Probal Halder’s Friends Communication.
Rupkatha Noy goes on the floors on November 16.