Team Athhoi recently got together for the mahurat of the film, which is slated to commence filming on December 13. Anirban Bhattacharya will oversee the creative direction, and Arna Mukhopadhyay will direct the film, which is an adaptation of Othello. In Athhoi, Anirban takes on the role of Gogo (Iago in the play), while Sohini Sarkar and Arna Mukhopadhyay play the characters of Diya and Dr Athhoi Lodha, representing Desdemona and Othello, respectively. t2 spotlights the character sketches:
Arna Mukhopadhyay takes on the role of Dr Athhoi Lodha, portraying the quixotic Moor of Venice who in the film is deeply rooted in a Dalit background. Athhoi transcends mere leadership; he embodies a marvel, a dreamer, and an ardent lover. His character is a blend of greatness and vulnerability. The potency of his portrayal as Othello will be elevated by Anirban’s performance as the cunning Iago. While no man can exert complete control over his life, one can evaluate oneself, carry out necessary actions, and face the consequences with love as the driving force, in which Athhoi excels.
Sohini Sarkar takes on the character of Diya or Desdemona, a woman characterised by her spirited demeanour and intelligence. She symbolises love. In Diya’s perspective, Athhoi serves as the hero of numerous thrilling and perilous escapades, possessing the captivating charm of an orphan in need of love. Diya emerges as the film’s most forthright and sincere communicator, delivering sharp and impactful speeches that ensure each word holds significance.
Anirban Bhattacharya plays Iago, referred to as Gogo in the film. Gogo is an enigmatic character, akin to a puzzle that eludes resolution. While appearing as a “friend” to Athhoi, he embodies the archetype of a trickster. Every utterance from Gogo instigates a sense of apprehension. Despite professing a commitment to honesty and straightforwardness, he engages in the creation of intricate falsehoods to exploit and manipulate others. In essence, he personifies the embodiment of malevolence in the morality play.