ANINDITA ACHARYA, Kolkata: All of us have some point of time have craved for a reunion with school friends? We have longed to go back to those days when our life was less complicated. Those tender memories of our lives remain with us forever.
So, imagine a reunion of school friends in the hills after 20 years? While one of them is a Bengaluru-based professional, one of them is a house-wife settled in Delhi. Life has taken a 360-degree turn after they crossed the school walls. Life is complicated now and so are relationships. And what happens when a group of friends meets in Srimanta Sengupta debut Bengali film Abaar Bochhor Koori Pore.
The friends we are talking about are Abir Chatterjee, Arpita Chatterjee Tanusree Chakravorty, Abhishek Banerjee (of Stree fame, he played Rajkummar Rao’s friend) and Anirban Bhattacharyya.
But as the title of the film suggests, it has a leap of 20 years and therefore, the debutant director, who is based in Mumbai has roped in actors to play the younger selves too. So, Abir’s character – Arun- in school will be essayed by Arya Dasgupta; Dibyasha Das will play Bonnie i.e. Arpita in school; Tanika Basu will be seen playing the younger version of Tanusree Chakraborty; Pushan Dasgupta will play Dutta – the grown-up version of Abhishek and Aritra Dutta Banik will essay the younger version of Anirban.
In the film, while Arun will be shown as a successful professional, his personal life has gone for a toss. He was once in a relationship with Bonnie. Today, Bonnie is a busy doctor and has her own issues to handle. Nilanjana (Tanusree) is settled in Delhi with family, but her family comes with own set of problems. Dutta is the only one who is presently based in Kolkata and he is the one who has planned this reunion.
“Bengalis love nostalgia and this story has a lot of twists and turns,” said Srimanta Sengupta.
Srimanta has been writing the script of Abaar Bochhor Koori Pore for the last three-four years, though the idea has been with him for the last 10 years. And he considers himself extremely fortunate that in his debut Bengal film, he has managed to cast actors like Abir, Arpita, Tanusree and Abhishek. “I am grateful to Animesh and Soumya that they have helped me to get this kind of casting. Also, the actors agreed to do the film after they heard the script,” said Srimanta, who has worked as a content division head in various production houses in Mumbai for the last 15 years. He has written the story and screenplay with Monali Sen Choudhury. The film goes on floor on March 17 in Kalimpong.
Ranajoy Bhattacharjee, who rose to popularity after scoring Preme Pora Baron in Sweater, is in charge of the music department again.
After the Kalimpong schedule, the team will shoot the remaining portion in Kolkata.