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Moushumi Chatterjee with her infectious sense of humour is on the sets. Pishima is the heart and soul of the unit while she’s here — full of fun, witty repartees and non-stop entertainment, a perfect fit for the role. A dynamic character, Pishima travels through the entire length of the film, moving with the times, a widow with a radical perspective, surprising us at every turn.

This week saw many more actors from Bengal make an entry into the studio. Paranda (Paran Bandopadhyay), Pijush (Ganguly), Aparajita Adhya and Manasi (Sinha), along with Pradip Mukherjee. The first four are part of the family Konkona has got married into. Pradip Mukherjee is the doctor solving a strange case which will be revealed when the film releases.

The action this week has shifted to the kitchen, once more created by Tanmoy (Chakraborty) and his talented team. It is unreal the way an area is converted into real space, and transformed magically by the power of the lens breathing life into every corner.

This week, as we are knee-deep in the shoot, I am awed at the tenacity of the crew and cast, who work unlimited hours till a shot is perfected.

I enjoyed working with the art department in between, carefully arranging objects that had apparently been searched and left in a mess. Old books, tins, bottles, clocks, jars, strewn around in artistic disarray. It took me back to my days in theatre when we were in Presidency, creating the sets for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Or when in Loreto House we painted backdrops for an outstanding production of Fiddler on the Roof, many suns ago.

It is late night on the sets while I write this, all of us tired but determined. Saswata (Chatterjee), Manasi and Aparajita are singing while a shot is getting ready.

There is a lot of fun embedded within the hard work. Loads of food too. Mona from the props section is arranging for luchi, mutton and fish to be cooked tomorrow in one of the scenes. Outside the scenes, the rest of us are drowning ourselves in litres of cha, maintaining true Bengali tradition, and indulging in rosogollas and chingri (prawn) from Rinadi’s (Aparna Sen) home for lunch. And this evening we had a phuchkawala, right here.

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