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Thursday, Oct 24, 2019

Shanghai actor dies (nearly) a dozen deaths

In Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai, Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee gets ‘killed’ 11 times in different ways and places.

bollywood Updated: Apr 24, 2012 14:49 IST
Dibyojyoti Baksi
Dibyojyoti Baksi
Hindustan Times
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Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee who plays a political leader in director Dibakar Banerjee’s upcoming thriller Shanghai, has managed to do the impossible. The actor will be seen dying almost a dozen deaths, literally.

“In the film, I get killed 11 times — every time in a different mode, with a different pattern, and at a different place,” says Prosenjit, who was last seen in Bollywood over two decades ago in Veerta (1991).

Ask him about this bizarre twist in the plot and he explains, “Actually, the film shows 11 people who have seen me getting murdered and what they explain to the police are independent incidences. So I had to shoot the death sequences according to each person’s version. It was a fresh experience, but quite horrific.”

Banerjee’s long-awaited political thriller also stars actor Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi and Kalki Koechlin in pivotal roles. And though Prosenjit may have a relatively small part, he insists that the whole film is centred around his character. “The film actually takes off from my on-screen death. My character’s there all through the film — sometimes in real time, somtimes in flashbacks.”

The actor, who has ruled the marquee of Bengali cinema for three generations, adds that he’s open to Bollywood. “I have done all kinds of roles in Bengali films. I am ready to do Hindi or even Marathi films if I am offered a proper role,” he says.

First Published: Apr 24, 2012 12:20 IST

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