Onir’s upcoming Bollywood film will introduce Bangla superstar Prosenjit’s wife Arpita Pal in the female lead. The film will see the traditional Bengali beauty transforming into a hip south Delhi socialite.
Arpita, who is considered to be one of the finest contemporary actors in Bengal, voluntarily gave up her career to be Prosenjit’s wife and to look after their daughter. She is emerging from her self-imposed exile to do the occasional film, like the late Rituparno Ghosh’s last released film Satyanweshi.
Onir says it took all his persuasive powers to get her on board for this project. “I had actually gone to meet Prosenjit. He had expressed keenness to work with me. When I went to meet him, Prosenjit’s wife walked in,” he said.
It was camera-love at first sight for Onir. “I’m surprised she hasn’t been cast in any Hindi film so far. She is absolutely stunning, so stylish and elegant. Arpita has the potential to be the next best thing in Bollywood from Bengal after Sharmila Tagore, Jaya Bhaduri and Bipasha Basu,” he added.