By Shoma A. Chatterji
Trust Prosenjit to spring a surprise when you are least expecting it. The versatile actor pulls out yet another card out of his sleeve. In Force, a forthcoming film on father-son relationship, he is cast opposite his real-life wife Arpita Chatterjee. This was announced by Essel Vision Productions and NIdeas Creations & Productions Pvt Ltd. in Kolkata recently.
The film is to be directed by Raja Chanda. Also associated with this project are producer Nitin Keni and Samrat Ghosh, Business Head, Zee Bangla & Zee Bangla Cinema. Since these high-end entertainment houses have put their heads together to bring out a rare combination of the husband-wife pair teaming up in the same film, a rare feature in contemporary Bengali cinema, it holds a promise for the film’s commercial success.
Raja Chanda cannot believe that he is to direct Prosenjit, the numero uno of Bengali cinema. “I promise to give a full value for money. Force is a family drama but a wholly, no-holds-barred mainstream film blending action with emotion enough to appeal to all sections of the audience.”
Force will be a complete commercial film with high-class action and an emotional story which will definitely touch the heart of all ages of the viewers. The film has a social as well as a medical angle to it as the young son of the character to be played by Prosenjit is an autistic child and young Aryaan is said to have been ticked off to play this role. A single father, he is a professional encounter specialist in the Police Force and is caught between his over-busy work schedule and taking care of his special child.
Autism is a disorder of the neural development symptonised by impaired social interaction where the patient finds problems with verbal and non-verbal communication with others. Autistic people also display restricted, repetitive or stereotypical behaviour such as repeating the same word/ sentence again and again and find eye-contact with a fellow extremely difficult. The symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old.
“We are coming together on screen after 11 years,” said Arpita. Their last film together Deva did not release at all. “I play a school teacher. It is the autistic boy that brings my character close to the police officer. Husband and wife working in the same film is not exactly a pleasant experience. But to be paired with the best actor in the industry is a temptation I could not resist,” she stated.
“These days I am very careful with the kind of character I play in each film. The script by Anindyo Bose is a blend of commercial and off-mainstream and is unlike any character I have done before. Playing a single father to an autistic child is no child’s play. But Raja will do justice to it,” says Prosenjit. Scheduled to begin after May 19 post the elections, the film also stars Tathagata, Joyjeet, Arya, Debranjan and Rumki Chatterjee. The film will be shot in real locations in Kolkata and the producers hope to go for a Pooja release.