In style Bengali actor Saswata Chatterjee bought goosebumps whereas enacting a scene in an upcoming movie the place he portrays matinee idol Uttam Kumar holding a trophy at a prestigious movie awards ceremony. Chatterjee is playing the lead position in Achena Uttam directed by Atanu Basu.
Uttam Kumar, who dominated the Bengali movie trade for over twenty years earlier than his premature dying in 1980, was the primary recipient of the Nationwide Movie Award for Greatest Actor in 1967 for his efficiency in Chiriakhana, directed by Satyajit Ray, and Antony Firingi.
Talking on his position, he mentioned, “Portraying Uttam Kumar is an especially difficult process as no amount of preparation is enough to depict him on the large display screen and none can substitute him as an actor. I’m attempting to seize the best perspective, and the best temper,” he mentioned.
Speaking to PTI, Chatterjee, who performed the character of ”Bob Biswas” in Kahaani and ”Tutti Futti” in Jagga Jasoos, mentioned, he has enacted fairly a number of scenes of Achena Uttam and accomplished the primary leg of outside shoot in Tungling (Darjeeling).
“Now the indoor scenes, together with the hospital scene, and recreating the cinestar’s Bhabanipur residence in south Kolkata are being accomplished,” Chatterjee, having accomplished a string of well-liked Bengali cinemas like Bhooter Bhabishyat, Aschorjo Prodip, and Ebar Shabor mentioned.
Requested how shootings are going down in the pandemic scenario, he mentioned, “We’re at excessive threat. Actors can’t put on masks whereas filming. However we’re sustaining all protocols like sanitising the units, carrying masks by the whole unit and holding the doorways/home windows open.”
When capturing started for the movie in March this yr after Mahurat the second wave of COVID-19 had not arrived, and it went on easily for someday earlier than the virus took a lethal kind, the actor mentioned.
Requested in regards to the closure of virtually all single screens once more due to the COVID-19 spike as “very unhappy”, the 50-year-old who acted in over 80 movies to date, mentioned he has no concept when Achena Uttam will be launched after completion of capturing.
“We now have to watch how the pandemic scenario evolves in the following few months,” Chatterjee mentioned.
Requested in regards to the title Achena Uttam, he mentioned, “There are details/incidents in the film that are unknown to individuals. I can’t speak a lot about it and like to depart it for the viewers to view it on the silver display screen.
“I’ve learnt about many new details about Uttam Kumar, whom I used to handle as ”Buro Jethu” as my father (actor Suvendu Chatterjee) and the matinee idol shared nice private chemistry,” the actor defined. The type, mannerisms, smile, and appears of the celebrity who was a quintessential Bengali, are nonetheless emulated by actors, Chatterjee mentioned. About his preparations, he mentioned, “I’m once more watching one of his classics Dui Prithibi which I had seen 5-6 occasions. Nonetheless, it appears to be new. Each time I view it, I be taught one thing new, and rediscover new issues.”
Dui Prithibi, a 1980 movie, had veteran Uttam Kumar, Victor Banerjee, Ranjit Mallick, Supriya Devi amongst others in solid.
About his co-actor, Chatterjee mentioned, whereas Srabanti Chatterjee essays the position of Uttam Kumar’s spouse Gouri Devi and the position has suited her completely, newcomer Sayantani Ray Choudhuri enacts the position of Supriya Devi.
Versatile character actor Biswanath Basu performs the position of Uttam Kumar”s brother Tarun Kumar “and we’re utilizing authentic props in the film,” he mentioned.
On his Bollywood tasks, the actor revealed, “We now have wrapped up the shoot for Unhealthy Boy by Rajkumar Santoshi which has Mithun das youthful son (Namashi Chakraborty) because the hero. Will probably be launched in theatres as soon as the COVID-19 scenario improves.
“I’m additionally in Anurag Kashyap’s (Dobaara) and one other is Raisi for which shoot stays to be accomplished,” he mentioned.
On a number of of his colleagues contesting as candidates in the continuing West Bengal meeting elections, he mentioned, “This is not a brand new pattern, we’ve seen this in South India. Nevertheless, managing the 2 issues concurrently is not straightforward, Chatterjee mentioned.
“I really feel you can provide 100 per cent to one process and never do two issues on the identical time,” the actor mentioned.