Ace film-maker Onir, now busy soaking in the Puja spirit in his home town Kolkata, has expressed happiness at the way his forthcoming Delhi-centric “Shab” is shaping up.
“Shab talks about the citizens of the city who are like caged migrants and it captures the soul of South Delhi, Hauz Khas and South Extension,” Onir told PTI here.
He said that the four characters in the film embodied the four seasons and through them he had sought to capture the contrasting colors of the city representing the different seasons.
“I have deliberately kept out Chandini Chowk and typical old Delhi localities you can always see in films apart from the India Gate. But Delhi is more than that,” he said.
He said that he had chosen actors with ‘dynamic’ faces like those of Arpita Chatterjee and Ashis Bist.
“Arpita, who is Prosenjit Chatterjee’s wife and already a star in Bengali film industry, will make a strong impact in her debut film,” Onir said.
Onir, who is ecstatic at the way Kolkata is decked up for the festivities, wants to make a film in Bangla.
“As the city of culture and arts and soft-spoken people I think Kolkata needs to come out of the crisis it is passing through,” he said in an oblique reference to the student unrest.
Asked about Bengali film-makers in Bollywood, Onir said, “It is all too natural that Bengali film-makers will retain their sensibilities in Bollywood films. You can take a Bengali out of Kolkata, but can you take out Kolkata from any Bengali?”