Come March and director Aniket Chattopadhyay will start shooting for a Bengali sleuth film. But if you are expecting another Byomkesh Bakshi or Feluda film, then you are wrong. No, it’s not even a Kakababu film. Instead, the filmmaker will be attempting Bengali author Nihar Ranjan Gupta’s creation Kiriti Roy, that also marks the sleuth’s debut on celluloid.
Actor Chiranjit Chakraborty will step into the shoes of private eye Kiriti Roy, with Anjana Basu playing his wife Krishna and Sujan Mukhopadhyay his assistant. The film also stars Swastika Mukherjee, who will be playing an Anglo Indian. Chattopadhyay’s film, which will be based on Sitarer Sur from the Kiriti series, will be extensively shot in Kolkata and boasts a powerful supporting cast comprising Krishna Kishore Mukherjee, Ankita and Kanchana Moitra.
Though Chattopadhyay is yet to finalise the look of the actors, he is convinced that no one other than Chiranjit could have played Kiriti better. “Give me a name in Tollywood other than Chiranjit who can play Kiriti? The way the author has described the sleuth’s persona in his books goes well with Chiranjit’s physique. Chiranjit also looks the age and matches the persona of Kiriti,” says the director of Chha-e Chhuti and Bye Bye Bangkok.
Chattopadhyay also shares another interesting point. “Chiranjit’s father, famous cartoonist Shailo Chakraborty has many illustrations of Kiriti Roy. Those illustrations will help us too. Also, I will keep in mind Sherlock Homes, when I will decide the look of Kiriti. Like Sherlock, Kiriti too wears overcoat and smokes pipe,” he says.
Unlike many directors, Chattopadhyay has no plans of setting the story in today’s time. “I will recreate the 1950s era for the film. But that doesn’t mean I will just place some antique furniture in the background. I will recreate the political events of 1950s to show the authenticity of the period. I have included the political event in the screenplay while adapting the story,” he says.
Chattopadhyay, who directed Soumitra Chatterjee in Room No. 103, promises that his interpretation of the detective will be distinctly different from the other Bengali sleuths. “I want to set my story exactly in the era the author had written it. I will also try my best to show how Kiriti approaches a case which is different from other sleuths. At times, the way Feluda and Byomkesh Bakshi approach and solve a mystery looks similar on screen,” he says.
Interestingly, producer Kaustav Roy has already bought the rights of a number of Kiriti Roy stories. However, it doesn’t mean Chattopadhyay will be directing all the films in the franchise.
Meanwhile, director Anindya Bikas Dutta too has announced a film on Kiriti with Indraneil Sengupta in the lead.