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What kept team Tolly’s shoot diary chock-a-block...

HAATHI MERE SAATHI! Rituparna Sengupta and Tota Roy Chowdhury, who play husband and wife in Sudeshna Roy-Abhijit Guha’s Biye Not Out, shot a song sequence riding an elephant in Lataguri forest, north Bengal. “I was scared initially but got comfortable after a while. It was fun, especially because I have never had the opportunity to ride an elephant! Now that I have and enjoyed it thoroughly, I plan to take Ankan (son) and Rishona (daughter) for a jungle safari, and go on an elephant ride together!” smiled Rituparna. In Biye Not Out, she’s married to Tota, who’s “obsessed” with tiger and wildlife conservation.

AGAINST ALL ODDS: While his Kanamachi is doing well at the theatres, director Raj Chakraborty has been busy winding up the Purulia leg of his new film Proloy. From his actors being injured on the sets to the team being attacked after a drunken brawl — it has been one roller-coaster ride for Raj, but the man remains unfazed. “I have always faced hurdles while shooting my films. I’ve learnt to accept it. Come what may, I get my work done. The subject of Proloy is very close to my heart, so nothing could stop our shoot. People will realise how good everyone is when they watch the film, be it Param (Parambrata Chattopadhyay, who plays the lead), Mimi, Apuda (Saswata) or Paranda (Bandopadhyay).... Paranda was the Amitabh Bachchan on the sets. After every shot of his, the entire unit would clap!” says Raj, gearing up for the Calcutta part of the shoot. Proloy is based on the real-life incident of Barun Biswas, who was fatally attacked when he protested the sexual harassment of some women in his village Sutia in North 24-Parganas. “I am thinking of turning Proloy into a sequel. Each film will be inspired by a real-life hero... but first let’s see how this film shapes up,” he adds.

PAPA KEHTE HAIN! For his eldest son’s Tolly debut, doting dad Mithun Chakraborty is really turning it on. From helping Mimoh with the dialogues for Rocky to showing him some of his dhishum-dhishum moves to doing the father-son item number Bindaas baaper style Rockyr thonte smile — Rocky is turning out to be Mithunda’s baby. Directed by Sujit Mondal and jointly produced by Shree Venkatesh Films and Surinder Films, Rocky is about a happy-go-lucky guy who changes completely after falling in love with a headstrong girl (played by Puja). Deja vu?

 

ROMANCE BY THE BOOK: Prosenjit and Bangladeshi actress Nipun shot a flashback sequence for Rupali Guha’s Porichoi in College Street Boipara on Saturday afternoon. Nipun plays Prosenjit’s ex-wife in the film. “I got the offer through Ferdousda (who plays Prosenjit’s neighbour). I’m lucky that my first film in Bengal is opposite Prosenjit. Jaya apa (Ahsan) has done a film here (Aborto) and she has been appreciated. I too want to follow in her footsteps,” said Nipun. (Right) In between shots, Rupali browsed books at the roadside stalls. Pictures: Anindya Shankar Ray

ROOPA-RITU’S PASSWORD: After a four-year wait and the sudden demise of director Raj Basu, Piyalir Password, a thriller set in America, is finally set to release in end-April. “Piyalir Password is Raj’s baby... it’s sad he passed away in 2010 even before his debut film could release. Rose Valley Films has agreed to release it and I’m happy because Piyalir Password is a very well-made film,” said Rituparna Sengupta, who plays Roopa Ganguly’s younger sister. The film also stars Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Koushik Sen.

SHE’S A FEISTY JOURNO: Straight hair, geeky glasses and cool casuals define Paoli Dam’s look in Arindam De’s Chaya Manush, where she plays Trisha, a feisty journalist. Paoli was cast after almost 80 per cent of the film had been shot with Parambrata Chattopadhyay and Raima Sen in the lead. “I had worked with Arindamda in Ajob Prem Ebong.... He had approached me for the role much before he started shooting for Chaya Manush but at that time I was busy with my second Hindi film, Ankur Arora Medical Case (produced by Vikram Bhatt), and couldn’t adjust my dates. Now that I’ve wrapped up the shoot, I could say yes to Chaya Manush. We start shooting from April 7,” said Paoli, who plays Param’s friend in the film. “Chaya Manush will be my fourth film with Param,” she smiled.