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Popular Tollywood cinematographer Sirsha Ray to turn director

Cinematographer Sirsha Ray plans to rope in Mithun Chakraborty for his directorial debut, based on Moti Nandi's novel Boxer. Ray, who finished writing the script and screenplay of the film three years ago, initiated talks with Mithun in 2012 and the National Award-winning actor even liked the concept.

regional movies Updated: Jul 25, 2015 19:24 IST
Anindita Acharya
Cinematographer Sirsha Ray will direct Bollywood Mithun Chakraborty in his directorial debut, based on sports journalist Moti Nandi's novel Boxer.
Cinematographer Sirsha Ray will direct Bollywood Mithun Chakraborty in his directorial debut, based on sports journalist Moti Nandi's novel Boxer.

Cinematographer Sirsha Ray has been planning to direct a film with Mithun Chakraborty for the last three years. Unfortunately, the project was getting delayed. However, if everything falls in place, Ray, one of the most sought-after cinematographers in Tollywood who has worked on films such as Shabdo, Apur Panchali and Badshahi Angti, might finally make his directorial debut in 2015.

The cinematographer-director plans to adapt sports journalist and author Moti Nandi's novel Boxer on the big screen and wants Mithun to play the lead. Ray, who finished writing the script and screenplay of the film three years ago, initiated talks with Mithun in 2012 and the National Award-winning actor even liked the concept. Unfortunately, Ray's close friend Shibashish, who was closely associated with the project, passed away suddenly and the project had to be put on hold. "I have been planning to direct a film for the last three years. I had read the script to Mithun da years ago. Shibasish was at the forefront of the project. After he passed away, I wasn't emotionally stable to start work on the project," says Ray, who also did the principal photography for films such as Ebar Shabar, Alik Sukh and Charulata 2011.

Ray informs he will be meeting Chakraborty in August when the actor comes down to Kolkata for the premiere of his Bengali film Ekti Nodir Galpo. The film was directed by late cinematographer Samir Chanda and was completed in 2008. "I plan to meet Mithun da next month and I will discuss the project with him. I can't think about anyone but Mithun da in the film. I will decide the rest of the cast only after I talk to him," says Ray.

Ask him if he would be doing the cinematography of his debut directorial, and he says, "Yes, if I direct the film I will also do the photography."