Raj Chakroborty regrets that he couldn’t be a part of Chander Pahar

The actor-director wished to be part of the highest budget Bengali film in any manner possible but couldn’t do owing to his prior commitments

Having tweeted effusively on Ritwik Ghatak biopic Meghe Dhaka Tara, friend director Raj Chakroborty had badly wished to be serenaded by Kamaleswar Mukhopadhyay even for a one-minute role in Chander Pahar, the highest budget Bengali flick shot extensively in Africa.

Chander Pahare thakte cheyechhilam (I had seriously wished to be part of the film). Whichever role it could have been. But with factors like other commitments that did not happen,” Raj, one of the most popular young directors having made string of hits like Pralay and Bojhena Se Bojhenam told PTI during the premier of the film.

Raj, who was rightly credited with blending the masala and realistic genres in his string of hits, had tweeted after watching Meghe Dhaka Tara, “Proud to be part of an industry which produces such a film? kudos director Kamaleswar.”

Told that Kamaleswar nourishes dreams to put on celluloid another Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay classic, Raj, having turned up in flicks like Srijit Mukhejee’s Hemlock Society, said, “My sincere wish he takes me in any such project in future with dates and other commitments taken care of on my part.”

Raj, member of the young, new age director brigade of Bengali film industry, recalled how he got hooked to Shankar’s exploits at a very very young age, but read it over and over again so many times till this date.”

Meghe Dhaka Tara and Abohoman actor Ananya Chatterjee, having earned accolades for her intense performance as celluloid portrayal of Surama Ghatak in Meghe Dhaka Tara, said, “I had a crush on Shankar as I pored over the pages of Chander Pahar at roughly the age of 11-12 years” “Tell me which girl won’t have!”

Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, having cast Chander Pahar lead Dev in his next arthouse flick, said, “The place and continent keep frequenting us in dreams. Now the celluloid brings it alive in the late writer’s own city.”

“This film will be a turning point in Deb’s career, It is a milestone in terms of story, script, cinematography and special effects,” June Maliah said.

Boasting off an international cast, Chander Pahar, produced by Sri Venkatesh films, is based on Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay’s 1909-era eponymous research-based fiction which was doubly significant as the writer had never been there.