Author-turned-director Ram Kamal Mukherjee is all set to venture into the Bengali film industry with a short feature titled Abhinoy. The film is based on a Bengali short story, Abhinetri written by Narendranath Mitra. The film will be co-directed by Abhra Chakraborty, who has also penned the screenplay and the dialogue. It will be shot across Kolkata prior to Durga Puja. The makers are looking for a fresh face who will feature as the female protagonist. The film will also star prominent Bengali actors in pivotal roles. Music for the short feature will be composed by Shailendra Sayanti and the lyrics will be written by Sujoyneel Bandopadhyay.
Abhinoy will be a tribute to auteur, Satyajit Ray. It will be made keeping in mind the contemporary socio-economic situation of Kolkata. Coincidentally, Abhinetri was adapted into a telefilm by Ray starring Smita Patil. His son Sandip Ray had also helmed a telefilm on the same story, with Sreelekha Mitra and Kaushik Sen.
For those wondering who Narendranath Mitra is, here is a little trivia for you. He was a popular Bengali writer and poet whose works have been widely adapted into films. His short story Abataranika was adapted by Satyajit Ray into the 1963 Madhabi Mukherjee starrer Mahanagar. Another of his short story, Ras was also adapted into the Amitabh Bachchan and Nutan starrer Saudagar in 1973. Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s 1988 Bengali feature Phera was also based on Mitra’s work.
Mukherjee and Chakraborty had directed a short film, Cakewalk, earlier this year that marked the comeback of Esha Deol. The director duo also helmed another short film titled Season’s Greetings as a homage to the late Bengali filmmaker, Rituparno Ghosh.