Anik Datta gets set to crack an ‘epic’ mystery

His first was a “feel-good film”,  the second a “deliberately feel-bad film”. The third is a “mystery”. That’s Alfred Hitchcock fan Anik Datta summing up Bhooter Bhobishyot, Ascharjya Pradip and his new film Meghnadbodh Rohoshyo, starring Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Abir Chatterjee, Vikram Chatterjee and Gargee Roychowdhury. Produced by Friends Communication in association with Mundas Services Pvt Ltd and Kalyanmoy Chatterjee, Meghnadbodh Rohoshyo hits the floors today. Here are the deets in Anik speak...  

  • Published 20.11.16
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Abir as filmmaker Kunal Sen

His first was a “feel-good film”,  the second a “deliberately feel-bad film”. The third is a “mystery”. That’s Alfred Hitchcock fan Anik Datta summing up Bhooter Bhobishyot, Ascharjya Pradip and his new film Meghnadbodh Rohoshyo, starring Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Abir Chatterjee, Vikram Chatterjee and Gargee Roychowdhury. Produced by Friends Communication in association with Mundas Services Pvt Ltd and Kalyanmoy Chatterjee, Meghnadbodh Rohoshyo hits the floors today. Here are the deets in Anik speak...  

Anik Datta with Sohag Sen, who plays Sharama, Asimava’s first wife

#TheStorySoFar

Meghnadbodh Rohoshyo revolves around Asimava Bose (Sabyasachi), who is also referred to as Asimov Bose in jest. He is a professor at Oxford University who also writes science fiction. His recent novel, The Big Bong Theory, has won a prestigious international award. He is 65, a Bengali from Calcutta, and he returns to spend some time in his ancestral home with his second wife Indrani (Gargee), a former actress who runs an NGO. She is 20 years younger to him. And then something very dramatic happens.   

There is a reference to Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s modern epic poem — Anik Datta on the ‘Meghnad’ connection
Sabyasachi as Prof Asimava Bose
Vikram as Wrik, Asimava’s son from his first marriage

#BirthOfAnIdea

I wanted to do a mystery film for a long time. When dubbing for Bhooter Bhobishyot, I had narrated the basic storyline to my assistants. They both liked it a lot. The story today is a lot different from what I had conceived. The basic plot is there, but plot points changed over the years. This is not a detective story though there is some ‘detection’. I won’t claim it is a thriller till the time the audience gets thrilled. If and when they get thrilled, it’ll become a thriller. I started writing the script in 2014.

#DayOneTakeOne

Kalyan Ray as Asimava’s close friend Nikhilesh, a curator 

I’ll be shooting in a grand art deco house close to my old residence on Hindusthan Road. One day I thought, ‘Let me just go there and ring the bell.’ They answered… and I am grateful to Ranabir and Moyna Ghosh that they agreed to let us shoot there. The house is very important in the scheme of things. One of the scenes we will shoot on Day One has Asimava giving an interview to a journalist in his study. There’s something about art deco houses with their huge rooms and spinal staircase, which intrigues me, perhaps because I was born in one.

Gargee as Asimava’s second wife, Indrani

#WhoHowWhyDunit

I want to make a film when I have a film to make. I don’t choose the subject, I let the subject choose itself. There won’t be any dearth of funny lines in the third film. My previous films were satires, and there were fun lines in both the films. My third film will have tongue-in-cheek humour.  And this film is in the garb of a whodunit... it is also a howdunit and whydunit!

Saayoni Ghosh as journalist, Elena, who has translated Asimava’s  book into Bengali

#WinterIsSpecial

I am shooting the film now because it’s far more enjoyable shooting in winter; you might as well enjoy the process of filmmaking. The season is important for me, and inadvertently I end up writing stories which are set in winter. And if I miss shooting a film one winter, I wait for the next one.

 

 

As told to Arindam Chatterjee

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