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By Kahaani's tolly team tells t2 how the Sujoy Ghosh film has put them in the spotlight, beyond Bengal
  • Published 16.03.12

Parambrata Chattopadhyay as Satyaki (Rana) Sinha

It’s unbelievable, unfathomable! I am getting 15 tweets every two minutes and I am being followed (on Twitter) from all across…. Because of Kahaani, people are watching my earlier films like 22shey Srabon and Kalbela! Taran Adarsh (trade analyst) got in touch with me. Anurag Kashyap (director) called to say, ‘Count one more fan in your list’! The response is overwhelming and I am so, so happy!

Abir Chatterjee as Arup Basu

After a long time, I am seeing people going crazy over a film. I am getting messages from friends in Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Los Angeles. Fantastic response to just a one-and-a-half-minute appearance... I am loving it! I wanted to be a part of this film because the script was damn good, seriously.... Hats off to Vidya, I am slowly falling in love with her! Mojar byaparta hochhe Nandini-o (Abir’s wife) Vidya’r premey porchhe! So husband and wife together are falling in love with the same actress, that’s rare! (Given Team Tolly’s performance in the film) I think the character artistes of Mumbai are in serious trouble!

Saswata Chatterjee as Bob Biswas

Uri baba, fatafati response! People are telling me that they are scared of me. Even my wife (Mohua) is scared of me! The first call I got was from Usha Uthup. She was in Kochi and after watching the film, she called and said, ‘I didn’t know you could be so mean’! (Laughs.) Friends from Delhi have also called to congratulate me.

Indraneil Sengupta as Milan Damji

Mine is a very small role but people have called to say how much they have liked me. I have always believed that the length doesn’t matter, whether the character can create an impact is important and I always knew that my character would make an impact. A friend in Mumbai told me that some people were inquiring about me after watching Kahaani. It’s great news for me!

Kharaj Mukherjee as Satyaki‘s boss in the thana

I have got a lot of text messages from not just friends but also from people whose numbers I don’t have in my cellphone. Sujoy wasn’t sure how my character would turn out. After watching the film, he was very happy with my performance.


The role of Rana, played by Parambrata, was first offered to Chandan Roy Sanyal (Kaminey, Aparajita Tumi) but he couldn’t fit it into his busy schedule. “We just couldn’t match the dates... Sujoy and I tried our best!” said Chandan.

Guess what’s the connection between Kahaani and Paan Singh Tomar? One of the dialogue writers of Kahaani was Sutapa Sikdar, the wife of Irrfan ‘Paan Singh’ Khan.

According to one of the writers of Kahaani, Adwaita Kala, the film is loosely based on her own life. Even though our sources say it was Sujoy who brought her to Calcutta for the first time!

Abir Chatterjee claims he has never lied to anybody. “Whenever I have been asked about my presence in Kahaani, I have told everyone: I am not Arnab Bagchi!”

It was supposedly Aditya Chopra’s idea to end Kahaani on that Devi note and wrap things up with the Bachchan voiceover. Hence the ‘Thank you’ (to Aditya Chopra) in the opening credits.