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Har Har Byomkesh hits the screen on December 18 and Actors spoke about their roles
By Hemanth Reddy S 15/12/2015

 Arindam Sil's Har Har Byomkesh is based on the novel, Banhi Patanga, by Saradindu Bondopadhyay that shows the famous sleuth in a new avatar. And according to director Arindam Sil, the film is an edge-of-the-seat thriller that promises to redefine the way we've looked at the sleuth till date. 

Revealing the storyline, the director said, "Kolkata is ablaze with Hindu-Muslim riots in 1946, when the newly-married Byomkesh Bakshi (Abir Chatterjee) visits Banaras with wife Satyabati (Sohini Sarkar) and Ajit (Ritwick Chakraborty) on police inspector Purandar Pandey's (Harsh Chhaya) invitation. There, the trio is invited to a grand party thrown by zamindar Dipnarayan Singh (Adil Hussain). But the next morning, Dipnarayan dies and Byomkesh is called in to solve the case. In due course, he finds that Dipnarayan's pretty wife, Shakuntala (Nusrat Jahan), is pregnant. But the discovery only adds to the confusion. Was Dipnarayan murdered for money or was a secret love affair involved? Well, one has to watch the film to know that." 

CT also spoke to a few actors who play pivotal roles in the film, and here's what they had to say... 

SHADAB KAMAL 

HHB is my debut Bengali film and I'm thankful that Arindamda had enough faith in my acting ability to cast me as Ratikanta -an upright police officer, who plays an important role in the film. I can't reveal more about my character now; all I can say is that Ratikanta takes the film forward. The whole unit has made the film with a lot of love and I guess that's showing in the trailer itself. 

INDRAADIP DAS GUPTA 

As an artiste, it's always fulfilling to explore new creative territories and though I'm a non-actor, this film let me do just that. As a director, Arindamda knows exactly what he wants from his cast and I just surrendered to him. Thanks to his confidence in me, I played Debnarayan Singh without too many retakes. Debnarayan, who has a beautiful wife Chandni (Rachel White), is a bindaas guy who's doped most of the time. I think I did a decent job. 

JOYDEEP KUNDU 

Leeladhar Bangsi is a key suspect in Dipnarayan's murder, as he often used to instigate Debnarayan against the zamindar.The whole team, right from Arindam to a spot boy, has worked hard and this shows on screen.DoP Soumik Halder has done a fabulous job of capturing Benaras and Abir has made Byomkesh look so charismatic and heroic! 

HARSH CHHAYA 

I play Purander Pandey, a police I officer from Benaras, who is jovial and in awe of Byomkesh's personality and intelligence. It was indeed a pleasure to work with such a cooperative team, led by the perfect captain, Arindam. I also bonded well with Abir, Ritwick and Sohini. It was my first and long visit to Benaras, so I thoroughly enjoyed it. RACHEL WHITE 

I love thrillers, so imagine my happiness about debuting in a Byomkesh film! I play this peculiar and confusing character Chandni, who is the beautiful wife of the debaucher, Debnarayan.She might be giggling one moment, and doing something serious the next.So, there was ample scope for me to act, and Arindam briefed me about what he wanted from me. And as the director was confident, he made sure his team worked confidently. 

SUBRAT DUTTA 

Though I started out declining Arindam's offer to play Narmada Shankar, he forced me to do the part when he discovered that Saarthi -the Hindi film I was working in at that time -was also being shot in Benaras. And the shoot was great fun! Narmada is this Hindi-speaking guy who's had a soft corner for Shakuntala since college. So, obviously, when her husband is murdered, he's one of the prime suspects! But I can't reveal more. 

ADIL HUSSAIN 

It was fantastic to play a royal character like Dipnarayan Singh! I don't have such possessions in real life, so it's good to make-believe sometimes (laughs). But yes, by doing this role, I got a feel of belonging to a particular social strata. I tried to play my character with dignity and enact what my director had in mind. And though my character is the story's anchor, I don't have too many scenes. That's the kind of roles I like to play. 

DIPANKAR DE 

I play Pannalal Palit -a I doctor who is a prime suspect in Deepnarayan's murder case.The reason -he had administered an injection just ahead of the zamindar's death. And it was indeed a wonderful experience.Arindam has excelled himself as a director in the film, which was shot in the beautiful and historical locales of Benaras.And then, of course, Abir is a much smarter and edgy Byomkesh compared to the sleuth's earlier avatars. 

JUNE 

I play a cameo -of a I woman called Ms Manna, who I can't reveal much about, as there's a Hitchcockian feel to the character. I agreed to be part of this film because Arindam thinks I'm his lucky charm. And the shoot was great fun. Harsh would click photos of me gossiping with Abir and Ritwick and in those, we looked as if we were conspiring against someone! 

Har Har Byomkesh, produced by Shree Venkatesh Films, releases on December 18.

 

source: TOI

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