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Swastika is mysterious like Mata Hari in Byomkesh Bakshy: Dibakar Banerjee

Dibakar has sketched actor Swastika Mukherjee’s character along the lines of Mata Hari, the Frisian dancer who was executed by the French under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I.

bollywood Updated: Nov 06, 2014 10:28 IST
Dibyojyoti Baksi
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Swastika-Mata-Hari

Sushant Singh Rajput’s character in Dibakar Banerjee’s next might be based on a fictional sleuth from the ’40s, created by Bengali author Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, but we’ve learnt that the female lead is based on a real person.

Dibakar has sketched actor Swastika Mukherjee’s character along the lines of Mata Hari, the Frisian dancer who was executed by the French under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I. "Swastika’s character hails from Kolkata and is mysterious like Mata Hari. She’s like a double agent who represents the good and evil sides of our life. It’s a very perverse, yet femme fatale sort of character. I don’t think anyone has essayed such a role since Nadira, who played a few femme fatale roles in her heyday. I feel that Swastika will remind you of Nadira," says Dibakar.



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In Bandyopadhyay’s books, Sushant’s character of Byomkesh Bakshy is a Bengli sleuth from Kolkata, and his activities are based in that region itself. However, Dibakar has given the sleuth a larger area of operation in his adaptation. The film-maker refuses to divulge too much, but he adds, "This Byomkesh can be identified as Indian, rather than just a Bengali." Dibakar confirms the incident, but he is sure that it won’t mar the prospects of his film. "I don’t think anything can go against the film. So, I don’t think we should think about that. Rather, we should worry about the incident and the reputation of the actor. This incident is unfortunate and I hope it gets resolved amicably as soon as possible," says Dibakar.



Swastika Mukherjee, who plays the female lead in Dibakar Banerjee’s next, was recently accused of shoplifting in Singapore. The actor, who is no stranger to controversy — for her numerous break-ups, a divorce and a suicide attempt — was in the island nation to attend a film festival, along with alleged boyfriend, actor Suman Mukherjee. She is reported to have been caught shoplifting a pair of earrings at a local jewellery store.



Dibakar confirms the incident, but he is sure that it won’t mar the prospects of his film. "I don’t think anything can go against the film. So, I don’t think we should think about that. Rather, we should worry about the incident and the reputation of the actor. This incident is unfortunate and I hope it gets resolved amicably as soon as possible," says Dibakar.