From sydney with love via Calcutta

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By MADHURIMA CHATTERJEE
  • Published 27.07.12
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A young team full of fun — that’s the first impression you get of the cast and crew of From Sydney With Love who were in the city on Wednesday to promote their August 3 “fam-com” (family comedy, yaar)!

From Sydney With Love is about Megha Banerjee, a girl from Santiniketan who goes to the University of New South Wales to pursue her studies. It follows the hurdles she overcomes, the culture shock she faces and the people she meets — the good boy, the bad boy and the obnoxious fat boy.

And it is not just the film’s plot that has a strong Bengali connect — Megha is model-turned-actress Bidita Bag of Ichche fame, the good boy Rohit is Xaverian-turned-TV star Sharad Malhotra, making his big screen debut, the obnoxious fat boy Raj is played by a Bong, Prateek Chakravorty, who calls himself the iPWAD (“producer, writer, actor and director”) of the film, and Megha’s father is played by Tolly veteran Sabyasachi ‘Feluda’ Chakraborty.

“It is an out-and-out family flick. All I can say is that though it releases on the same day as Jism 2, watch our film because it has more jaan,” quipped Bidita, who is now busy shuttling between Calcutta and Mumbai and says she is looking to do good work; period. “As long as it is a good role, it does not matter if it is Bollywood, Tollywood or Hollywood... touchwood!” she told t2.

Sharad Malhotra said in Bengali: “It feels great to be a part of this film and come back to the city. All I can say is this film is a 160-minute stressbuster about beautiful relationships and beautiful songs in beautiful locales.”

The Bong connection doesn’t end at the star cast. The music has been composed by Sohail Sen who is making waves with his Ek Tha Tiger tracks. Also, US-based Bengali hip-hopper Brooklyn Shanti has done a version of his international hit Rani Rani as an item number Pyaari pyaari for the film.

“My tracks have been doing the rounds of the party circles all over the world for a while now, so I thought it was time to bring it to India. When Prateek approached me, I jumped. Rani Rani put Bengali hiphop on the map and I wanted to be a part of a film that put the younger generation of Bengali talent under the spotlight,” smiled the bespectacled rapper and DJ.

From Sydney With Love also marks the relaunch of Pramod Films, which had earlier produced hits like Jugnu, Tumse Achha Kaun Hai and Love In Tokyo.

“We have made the film with a lot of love and hard work and sweat and, of course money, so I hope you all like it,” smiled iPWAD Prateek!