By Shoma A. Chatterji
With some twists and turns, Bhadatey (The Tenant) is a psychological thriller involving three major characters. A young couple who suddenly find that the wife has inherited a big mansion but cannot maintain it unless they rent it out. In 2011, Hollywood presented The Roommate directed by Christian E. Christiansen which was also a psychological thriller. In the film, there were two main protagonists, who were women.
In Bhadatey, the young couple and the tenant who steps in, Tiasha, a slightly older lady who is involved with a NGO and is very kind and loving, forms the apex of this chilling triangle.“The concept of the story came from Sujoy Ghosh who directed Kahaani, also a thriller and acted in Satyanweshi, a detective story directed by Rituparno Ghosh. I liked the concept and wrote the story and the lyrics too,” says Anindya Ghosh who has directed the film.
“I play Rimi, a middle-class young woman in love with her husband Vikram (Rajdeep) and hold a high-end job in the corporate world. I do not know what to do when I suddenly inherit my paternal uncle’s old mansion in north Kolkata. My husband thinks we should sell it off, but I feel like holding on to it and keep a tenant instead to take care of the maintenance costs. Vikram agrees but tenants are hard to come by. When we are just about to give up, a beautiful woman, Tiasha Sinha, enters like a dream-come-true and becomes an ideal tenant,” says Arunima Ghosh.
Rituparna Sengupta plays Tiasha. “This is a very unusual character. She is the perfect tenant – pays her rent on time, is soft spoken, friendly and helpful. She has come to Kolkata on transfer and soon becomes like a family member for Rimi and Vikram. But there are dark shades to her character that is not apparent at first. What are these dark shades? How and why does her equation with Rimi and Vikram change suddenly? It is really a great role and I am looking forward to its release next month,” explains Rituparna.
“The film is about how affection turns into obsessive control. At first, Rimi and Vikram do not realise that their lives are being controlled by Tiasha,” explains the director.
Produced under the AVMA Media LLP banner by Avishek Ghosh and Manish, the film will release in mid-April.