She has worked opposite Vinay Pathak in the yet-to-release SRK, a remake of a Malayalam film, and many years ago she was seen opposite Prosenjit in a Telugu remake, Sudhu Ekbar Bolo. That was all the link Rituparna Sengupta had with Malayali films, till Kadhaveedu happened.
In the film to be directed by Sohan Lal, the Tolly actress plays the central character opposite Malayali hero Kunchako Boban. “She is a housewife who dies but lives on in the memory of her husband and her lover, and because of her the two men become friends. Isn’t that interesting?” said Rituparna.
So, how did a Malayali film come along? “I have been getting a lot of offers for Malayali, Tamil and Telugu films but I was waiting for the right script and role… a role where I could showcase my talent,” added Rituparna.
But director Priyadarshan, with whom she had done Bumm Bumm Bole, did play a vital part. “He recommended me for Kadhaveedu,” she admitted.
What about the language problem? “Malayalam is like Hebrew to me but I definitely won’t dub for the film. It’s a new industry, a new set-up and a new set of people… and it’s fun. The shooting locations are nice. We will shoot on the beaches of Kovalam and other places in Kerala.”
Back home, Rituparna’s diary is packed with Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay-Nandita Roy’s Aleek Sukh, Agnidev Chatterjee’s Mrs Sen and Reshmi Mitra’s Mukti. Also on the cards is a film by Haranath Chakraborty, and then Villain opposite Tota Roy Chowdhury, who will also produce the film. “I am really looking forward to Villain. Tota and I go back a long way and I’m happy he is turning producer with this film,” signed off Rituparna.