Sujoy Ghosh's latest venture, a short film called Ahalya, is receiving rave reviews from celebs and the public alike. Fans are going gaga over Radhika Apte's performance in the 14-minute-long short film but the Kahaani director has claimed that it was his desire to work with the doyen of the Bengali film industry, Soumitra Chatterjee, that drove him to direct Ahalya.
Ghosh's Kolkata-set, Bengali film is based on a story popular in Hindu mythology, in which
, the wife of the sage Gautama Maharishi, was cheated and seduced by Indra. The husband later punished her for infidelity by turning her into stone.
The National Award-winning director has given a modern twist to the story, starring Radhika Apte and Tota Roy Chowdhury, besides Soumitra. "I am a big fan of Soumitra da. I always wanted to work with him and not just as an actor but I wanted him as a hero in my film. So, that was one primary reason for me to do Ahalya. It does not mean that Tota and Radhika were not important but it is just that I always had this dream to collaborate with dada," Sujoy said.
Ahalya, which hit YouTube on Tuesday, has already received over a million views.
Ghosh said only a "fearless" actor like Soumitra could have taken upon the challenge of doing this film and tackling the role of Goutam Sadhu, an ageing artist, who is married to a much younger woman.
"He was very excited about it. It is also a new thing for him and he is fearless. He is not afraid of taking up challenges. Co-incidentally he was looking to work in a project like this, so everything fell into place," the director said.
Ahalya is a venture of Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films.