Kalpana Lajmi confirmed that Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee will be playing the late lyricist, singer, composer, poet and film-maker, Bhupen Hazarika, in the biopic on the legend. Titled, The Tempest, the film will be made in English, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and the titles of the films in the other languages will be finalised later. “When I was writing, Prosenjit had sent me feelers that he was interested to play the part. When I completed the script, he came down to meet me last week and the decision to cast him was mutual. It’s very difficult to get an actor to suit a real life personality. Prosenjit may not physically be a lookalike of Hazarika but since he belongs to Eastern India, he has a flavour very close to him. He’s a very fine actor, one who can bring out the variations of Hazarika’s personality. Being an extremely popular star, he can overcome the cultural divide as the film will be made in different languages,” said Lajmi, the film-maker and writer who was the late composer’s partner for over three decades.
The shooting of the film will take off by the end of the year and 60 per cent of it will be shot in Kolkata and the rest in Mumbai, Assam, Bangladesh and New York. At one time, Pooja Bhatt was a contender to play Lajmi’s part but she opted out. Now the director is searching for an actress. “I am on a lookout for a good actress as the role is intense. I have approached Santosh Sivan to handle the film’s camerawork,” she said.
Deepika Padukone may turn producer
While Deepika Padukone is busy juggling several Bollywood projects as an actress, she is also game to exploring new ventures. Be it turning designer or spreading awareness about healthy eating, Padukone is the girl on the go. While speculations about her inclusion in films like Bajirao Mastani and Shuddhi continue to do the rounds, there are chances that Padukone might venture into production very soon.
When asked about the same, Padukone preferred not to comment on the development, but stated, “I have a lot of ideas and I really want to try out new things. But I would like to allow my work to do the talking first and then focus on exploring new avenues. I don’t know what I am going to do next. Production sounds like a good idea, but not right now.”