The story is inspired by the making of Ray’s masterpiece Pather Panchali
Artistes Saayoni Ghosh and Abir Chatterjee
Director Anik Dutta is ready to begin the filming of his upcoming project Aparajito, with stars Abir Chatterjee and Saayoni Ghosh roped in to play the lead characters in the movie. Scheduled to start in October, the shooting will majorly take place in the outskirts of Kolkata. A period film, it is a tribute to the memories of filmmaker Satyajit Ray and his impact on the film industry, both national and global.
Abir will play the central role of Aparajito Ray, a director who desires to make a film called Pather Podaboli but faces multiple hurdles in the path, while Saayoni will essay the female lead Bimala Roy, inspired from Satyajit’s wife, Bijoya Ray. They have already started prepping up for their respective characters, with Saayoni currently going through the script, along with every literary work available on Bijoya Ray to get a grasp on the role.
With Debojyoti Mishra in-charge of the music composition, Anik Dutta took permission from Sandip Ray, before initiating the project about his father. Commemorating the centenary of the enigmatic filmmaker Satyajit Ray, the movie won’t be based on the iconic film Aparajito from Apu Trilogy, rather is inspired by the making of Pather Panchali.
Chronicling the tale of an aspiring filmmaker, the narrative would highlight the message of resilience – how one should dare to dream as well as believe that those dreams can be achieved, no matter what. This would be a perfect homage to the extraordinary Ray because with Pather Panchali, he had managed to inspire several film-makers across the world such as Martin Scorsese and Shyam Benegal.
Hopefully, COVID-19 doesn’t disrupt the shooting schedule and we can witness the magic of the Bhooter Bhabishyat director on the big screen again.