After directing short film Cakewalk and Season’s Greetings, author turned director Ram Kamal Mukherjee is all set to co-direct Bengali short film ‘Abhinoy’ with Abhra Chakraborty. The film is based on Narendra Mitra’s short story Abhinetri.
Ram said, “Narendranath Mitra used to tell contemporary stories. I feel that Bengal is the storehouse of content, and we can never run short of stories. While shooting for Cakewalk in Kolkata, I felt that I should do a Bengali film. Incidentally, my second film Seasons Greetings is also in Hindi. While working on the pre-production of Season’s Greetings I came across this collection of short stories. That’s when I decided that I will adapt this story.”
Incidentally, Ram wrote the first draft of the film on a flight and when he landed, he shared it with Abhra. “Ram Kamal da, brought in a completely different perspective to this story. I worked on the screenplay and dialogue, keeping the basic structure of the draft that he had written,” said Abhra.
“Frankly speaking, I will give entire credit to Abhra for writing such a beautiful screenplay. He not only took it to a different level, but added such wonderful moments that will stay with you forever,” said Ram Kamal.
Produced by Aritra Das, Shailendra Kumar and Sheik Nasim Akhtar, the film deals with ordeals of journalists, actors and people who live in this city with dreams in their eyes. “I am born and educated in Kolkata, no one knows the city better than me. Same goes with Abhra, who lived in this city since birth. We will try and bring in various aspects of Kolkata in Abhinoy,” said Ram Kamal.
Noted television anchor and writer Sujoyneel Bandhopadhya has written the lyrics of the film. “He is my Facebook friend. One day while scrolling through my timeline I noticed Sujoyneel’s status, which read like a poem, that’s when I requested if he could write a song for my film,” said Ram Kamal.
Produced under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS1 Entertainments, the film would have three male protagonists, played by established actors from Bengali film industry. The female lead would be a fresh face. “There is a reason why we don’t want to cast anyone known for the female lead. The character needs to be real, almost like someone you would connect immediately,” said Abhra.
Late Mitra’s adaptation Ras was adapted by popular director Satyajit Ray for Hindi film Saudagar that starred Amitabh Bachchan. Ray had also adapted Mitra’s short Mahanagar for Jaya Bachchan’s debut in Bengali cinema.