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Star sons Arjun-Riddhi’s reel and real-life friendship

Sporting chappals, a loose kurta and a sooted face, Sabyasachi ‘Feluda’ Chakrabarty’s younger son Arjun is a far cry from the spoilt brat Bapi in Bapi Bari Ja, his first movie outing. In Soumik Chattopadhyay’s untitled film, Arjun is slum kid Bhanu.

With unkempt hair and a soiled shirt, theatre actor-director Koushik Sen’s son Riddhi gets into the garb of Rakhal. The two are best friends in the film.

On Thursday afternoon, the two star kids mugged up their lines together, delivered their shots and chatted about their actor parents in Tollygunge.

“Riddhi plays my friend and we are both struggling to make ends meet in Calcutta. Mentally, Bhanu is far, far away from me and it’s strenuous to play him. Besides, the make-up exhausts me. But I’m enjoying being offered a variety of roles. From Gora (Gaaner Opare on STAR Jalsha) to Bapi, and Arya in Aasche Bochhor Abar Hobey.... I am happy,” smiled Arjun.

“It’s wonderful working with Arjunda. He is a brilliant actor and we are real-life friends too, so it’s easy. In this film, we play very good friends who are ready to make sacrifices for each other,” said Riddhi, who shot to fame as the tea-boy Poltu in Kahaani.

“Riddhi is like my younger brother and since our parents are from the film industry, we talk a lot about them during breaks,” laughed Arjun.

“In fact, we have Bihu with us, too, who is Kharaj Mukherjee’s son! He plays a boy who lives in the same slum as Bhanu and Rakhal,” added Riddhi.