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Rituparno’s birthday gift being wrapped up on editing table

The production team of Satyanweshi,Rituparno Ghosh’s last directorial venture,is busy preparing a special birthday gift for the filmmaker.

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Published: June 14, 2013 12:47 am

The production team of Satyanweshi,Rituparno Ghosh’s last directorial venture,is busy preparing a special birthday gift for the filmmaker.

Rituparno had wrapped up shooting for the thriller on May 26,four days before he breathed his last. The production team is now trying its best to complete the film exactly as the director had visualised it,and release it on his birthday.

“The film was meant to be released around August 31,Rituparno’s birthday. Even in his absence,we are trying to complete and release it around that day as a tribute to Rituparno. It looks like an uphill task. But we will ensure that the film turns out to be exactly as Rituparno would have wanted it,” says a senior official of Shree Venkatesh Films,the production house of Satyanweshi.

Satyanweshi is a crime thriller loosely based on Sharadindu Bandopadhyay’s Chorabali. The film features Sujoy Ghosh,the director of Kahaani,as the super sleuth.

The production team is very emotional about the film,for which post production work remains to be done — mainly editing and dubbing.

Arghyakamal Mitra,who is editing the film,says Rituparno’s absence would almost certainly make a difference to the final result. “But we will try our best to complete it the way he had visualised it. The film has the look and feel of a Sharadindu Bandopadhyay story. However,apart from the usual detective films,this film,as Rituda had said,would be like ‘Byomkesh entering the historical world of Sharadindu’,” Mitra says.

“It will be difficult to achieve the quality Rituda would have achieved,but we will give it our best shot. I will not deviate from the methods of Rituda.”

Editing Ghosh’s films is nothing new for Mitra. He has been a part of Rituparno’s award-winning Abohoman,but that,he says,was a completely different story. “While it was a contemporary tale of relationships,the atmosphere in this film is different. The narrative is different and so is the approach. The whole product as we look at it now is like raising an orphan and we are its foster parents,” Mitra said.

Arpita Chatterjee,who had worked with Rituparno in Ashukh and Utsab before Satyanweshi,says every experience of working with him was new.

“We didn’t share a strictly professional relationship like that of an actor and director. I knew him more as my husband’s closest friend. Being a part of Rituda’s film was a learning experience because of his strength in story-telling and scripting. He had the ability to extract the best from any actor. During the shooting of Satyanweshi,I was intrigued by his attention to detail. He was very particular about every frame,” she says.

Ghosh made her sing a song,she reminisces. “The song is more like a conversation. Now,I am very nervous and have no idea how to pull it off during dubbing without Rituda by my side,” she says.

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