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Parambrata Chatterjee in Apur Panchali

Param to play Apu

Kaushik Ganguly has chosen new actors for his next movie, Apur Panchali

Kaushik had said that he wanted to have a new face as the lead. But it now emerges that Parambrata Chatterjee has bagged the role. Parno Mittra will play his wife in this Shree Venkatesh Films production.

Kaushik had earlier said “This film is inspired by Subir Banerjee’s life, but it’s not his life story. It’s a work of fiction. Interestingly, there are uncanny similarities between Subirda’s life and the script of the Apu Trilogy. It is sad that he was such a celebrated child actor but nobody knows what he’s doing now. People remember the character of Apu, but not the actor,”

Kaushik said that Subir, who’s 68 now, has retired and prefers to keep to himself. Interestingly, he was only part of Pather Panchali and not Aparajito or Apur Sansar. “In fact, he never acted again after Pather Panchali,” said the director.

Kaushik also said that “I have requested Subirda to come for the shoot one day. This will not be an easy production to handle and a professional house like SVF would manage it well,” he added. The film will go on the floors in mid-March and will be shot in Taki, Kolkata, Boral and Burdwan. “Param will play a young Subir while Ardhendu Banerjee will slip into the role of the older man. Gaurav Chakrabarty plays a director from SRFTI while Ritwick Chakraborty will essay the part of Param’s friend. The Parno-Param jodi will also be new for the audience. While I’ve penned the script, Indraadip Das Gupta is scoring the music”.

Param said about the movie and kaushik as”Anything that’s related to Satyajit Ray or the Apu Trilogy is very close to my heart. The story of Kaushikda’s film is so unique that when he offered me the role, I didn’t hesitate. I have just read the script. Preparations haven’t started yet. I’m really excited as well as apprehensive to be playing Subir, but obviously I’ll give it my best”.

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