For his upcoming film Zulfikar, Srijit Mukherjee has managed a coup of sorts by roping in some of the biggest Tollywood stars such as Prosenjit Chatterjee and Dev.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
For his upcoming film Zulfikar, Srijit Mukherjee has managed a coup of sorts by roping in some of the biggest Tollywood stars such as Prosenjit Chatterjee and Dev.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Srijit Mukherji to adapt two Shakespearean tragedies in one film

Bengali director Srijit Mukherji is all set to make a film, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, starring among others stars Prosenjit and Dev.
By Anindita Acharya | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2015 02:39 PM IST

Be it the subject of his film or the star cast, filmmaker Srijit Mukherji never fails to surprise his fans. If a powerful all-women cast was one of the highpoints of his last release, Rajkahini, here is something bigger that Srijit promises in his next. The National Award-winning filmmaker has decided to adapt not one but two of William Shakespeare’s tragedies --Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra--and weave them into one film called Zulfikar.

What more? The filmmaker has also pulled off a casting coup of shorts by roping in some of the biggest Tollywood stars that boasts names such as Prosenjit Chatterjee and Dev. Interestingly, this is the first time the two stars will be seen sharing screen space. Though Prosenjit and Dev were to come together in Kamaleshwar Mukherjee’s Mahabharata, the project is yet to take off. The other big names include Jisshu Sengupta, Parambrata Chatterjee, Ankush, Kaushik Sen, Rudranil Ghosh and Kanchan Mullick. The ensemble female cast too boasts of big names such as Paoli Dam, Nusrat Jahan, June Maliah and Kyra Dutt, the Kolkata-based model who was recently seen in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Calendar Girls.

One of the biggest superstars and among the highest paid actors in Bengali cinema today, Dev has worked in popular films suc as I Love You, action-romance Challenge and Khokababu. (Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)
One of the biggest superstars and among the highest paid actors in Bengali cinema today, Dev has worked in popular films suc as I Love You, action-romance Challenge and Khokababu. (Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)

The filmmaker, who will start shooting for the film from December 8, says, “It’s the first ever double adaptation of Shakespeare on big screen. Two plays come together in a single plot. The story is set against the backdrop of shipping mafia,” says Srijit.

Ask who will play Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and the Jaatiswar filmmaker says, “I don’t want to reveal that now.”

Paoli Dam is a prominent actor in the Bengali film industry with films such as Goutam Ghose’s Kaalbela, Rituparno Ghosh’s Shob Charitro Kalponik and Bollywood film Hate Story in her kitty. (Prateek Choudhury/Hindustan Times)
Paoli Dam is a prominent actor in the Bengali film industry with films such as Goutam Ghose’s Kaalbela, Rituparno Ghosh’s Shob Charitro Kalponik and Bollywood film Hate Story in her kitty. (Prateek Choudhury/Hindustan Times)

It isn’t unknown that the Bard is a favourite with Bollywood directors, primarily Vishal Bharadwaj, who adapted Shakespeare’s works thrice on screen. Srijit too wanted to adapt Julius Caesar on the big screen for the longest time. “Julius Caesar is close to my heart because it was the first Shakespearean text I read in school. A portion of Julius Caesar was also there in my debut film Autograph,” he says.

Prosenjit Chatterjee, son of popular Bollywood actor Biswajit, is an actor in his own right in Bengal having worked in films such as Amar Sangi, Unishe April and Chokher Bali. He has also appeared in the Hindi film Shanghai in a brief role. (Prateek Choudhury/Hindustan Times)
Prosenjit Chatterjee, son of popular Bollywood actor Biswajit, is an actor in his own right in Bengal having worked in films such as Amar Sangi, Unishe April and Chokher Bali. He has also appeared in the Hindi film Shanghai in a brief role. (Prateek Choudhury/Hindustan Times)

Though Prosenjit, Jisshu and Parambrata have worked with the director earlier in films such as Jaatiswar and Hemlock Society, it does come as a surprise with Srijit roping in Dev and Ankush, who are known more for doing potboilers. It seems the genre -- parallel or mainstream -- doesn’t count much for Srijit. “The difference between art house and mainstream cinema has become blurred with time. When I do the casting, all I look for is if the actor will be able to justify the character. I believe all the actors fit their parts in Zulfikar,” he says.

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Anupam Roy, who began his musical journey in films with Srijit’s debut film, Autograph, and later worked with him in the National Award-winning film Chatushkone, is composing the music for Zulfikar. The film is produced by Shree Venkatesh Films.

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