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Bengali film to be shot in Benaras ghats

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Having delivered hits in both genre of films, actor Srabonti Chatterjee says her upcoming flick 'Nabojiban Bima Company', where Shreya Ghosal renders four playbacks, has the flavour of the Tarun Majumder-Tapan Sinha classics of the 80s.

"I wear the look of a dignified, saree-clad woman living in a Bengali 'mohalla' of a city like Varanasi, which is steeped into traditions. I am eager for the outdoor shoot part in ghats of the spiritual city where I had never been," Srabonti told PTI on the sets of the film here.

"The film is a mixed bag having strands of comedy, romance, old family values. It's a simple tale which everyone can relate to," Srabonti, having delivered a string of hits in mainstream genre from 'Champion' to 'Bindaas', said.

"While I again am paired opposite Soham (Chakroborty) with whom I had many blockbusters, I believe the audience will never desert you if the story is good," the 'Buno Haansh' actor said.

"For that matter I don't believe in segmenting audiences into different brackets from urban niche to the mass segments. For me an audience is an audience," the Goynar Baksho actor in Aparna Sen's film largely based on women's identity issue, said.

"I have expectations from every film as I believe in adding a different twist to every role," she said.

Director Swarup Ghosh said it was the first ever mainstream genre Bengali film in recent times to be shot in Benaras. As the name suggests it is a romantic comedy bringing back the flavour of yesteryears."

"Shreya has rent voice to as many as four playback tracks for the first time in a Bengali mainstream film while Kumar Sanu has also sung a melody number. I have sought to bring back the old Bengali film song's melody element which is missing in different genre of films now," he said.

Rituparna Sengupta performed a mujra type dance number in a special appearance in the film. "We needed someone as versatile as Ritudi for this number," Swarup said.

Currently being shot in the hundreds year old gothic-column Lakshi Sen heritage house in the city, the period look film will later be shot in 'Kashi' lane-bylanes.

First Published: Sun, February 22 2015. 19:05 IST
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