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Team Ley Chakka, led by director Raj Chakraborty, shared their making-of-the-movie experience with a bunch of students from a Jodhpur Park-based multimedia institute on Wednesday. Accompanied by lead pair Dev-Payel and music composer Indradeep Dasgupta, Raj held forth on his “experimental” film...

On the Ley Chakka theme...

Even at the risk of sounding cliched, I have to say that Ley Chakka is very different from my other three films. It’s a mix of several genres. There is romance, action, the north Calcutta-south Calcutta divide, the Ghoti-Bangal fight, the para culture and cricket which is everyone’s favourite sport. Even the love story between Dev and Payel is not run-of-the-mill. I have tried to come up with an engaging story. Ley Chakka has a very distinct feel of Bangaliana and an innate nostalgic appeal that should work with the audience. It’s almost an experimental film for me.

On trundling across town for the Ley Chakka shoot...

Whether it is the banks of the Hooghly or the streets of north Calcutta, we have shot on real locations. For weeks, we camped in Creek Row near Sealdah to shoot major portions of the film. We have had crowds of thousands landing up to watch the shooting. But we had fun on the sets. If you have actors like Dev, Kharajda (Mukherjee) and Biswanath around, you are bound to have fun.

On the soundtrack...

With Ley Chakka, Indradeep Dasgupta and I have attempted a different kind of sound, with each song representing a different mood. Ali Maula is one of my favourite tracks from the film. Singers like Shaan, Monali (Thakur) and Shreya Ghoshal have taken the music to a completely different level.

On pre-release jitters...

We know that we have a decent film on our hands and all of us have tried to do something different. Payel is attempting a geeky look for the first time, Dev is breaking away from his chocolate boy image while I am just trying to make something completely different from what I have done earlier. Let’s wait and watch to see if this chakka clears the box-office boundary ropes this Friday!

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