Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta has been signed by Jaya Prada to direct a film for her banner. “She calls me dada and seeks my blessings everytime we meet.
“She has been trying to convince me for the last five years to make a film for her and finally I’ve signed up,” says Dasgupta, but admits that the cast or even the story is still to be decided. “It won’t begin before next year.
Right now, I’m busy with a Bengali film, Janla (Window) after which I will be making another movie, this one in Hindi, for Reliance Big Movies. Only after these two projects are through, will I start work on Jaya’s film. And you know me, I can only concentrate on one film at a time,” Dasgupta explains.
Come September 9 and Dasgupta will start shooting shooting for Janla in Kolkata and Purulia. The story came to him when he visited his school in Kharagpur three years ago.
Back to school
“A school set has been built in Purulia where a large portion of the film will be shot. It revolves around a young man who decides to donate a window to his school which is in pretty bad shape. So the title Janla,” explains the director.
The film toplines Indraneil Sengupta and Swastika Mukherjee.
Mukherjee is a familiar face in Bengal and Sengupta too has featured in two primetime shows, Pyaar Ke Do Naam—Ek Radha, Ek Shyam, and Doli Saja Ke, and two movies, Mumbai Salsa and Shukriya. He admits this could be his “big break.”
Dasgupta who has earlier worked with superstars like Mithun Chakraborty , Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rahul Bose admits that none of these 40-plus actors would have fitted this part.
“I wanted someone in his ear ly 30s, whose face reflected innocence and intelligence,” points out the director. “Unfortunately, I had very limited choices in Bengal which is why I took my search to Mumbai and zeroed in on Indraneil.”
The film also features Tapas Pal who was brilliant as the wrestler in Dasgupta’s much-raved Uttara. Pal plays a thief who steals the window but is unable to sell it. Dasgupta says that he will start with his Hindi film early next year.