In Satyajit Ray’s repertoire of films, there is one film or should we say films that have remained a favourite with Bengali audiences. It is the Apu Trilogy which includes Pather Panchali, Aparajito and Apur Sansar. Soumitro Chatterjee as Apu in the last film made it one of the most endearing and cult films. Apu returns to screen with Subhrajit Mitra’s period film Abhijatrik. The film is based on the last part of the novel Aparajito (the basis of the last two movies of the trilogy) and is about Apu reliving his 60-year journey through the eyes of his son.
Stepping into Soumitro da’s shoes will be Arjun Chakrabarty. Talking to a daily about this film and of course the obvious comparisons with the veteran actor Soumitro Chatterjee, Arjun said, “It’s an honour to be a part of such an ambitious project, especially since there is already so much cinematic history attached to Apu and his universe. The script is unlike any other that I have worked on, so far. I am eagerly looking forward to this journey. It is up to people to compare me with Soumitra kaku (uncle). My portrayal of Apu will not be inspired by his role. I will go by the brief of my director.”
What makes this film all the more special for Arjun is that he will be sharing screen space with his father Sabyasachi Chakrabarty for the first time. Another interesting aspect of the film is that it will be in black and white.
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