Aditi Rao Hydari will be Bengali Bomkesh actress
Gear up for a dash of Bollywood as Arindam Sil prepares to start shooting his first Byomkesh Bakshi film in the coming weeks with Aditi Rao Hydari.
Fresh from the success of his last film, the detective thriller Ebar Shabor, Arindam is using his Bollywood connections to the fullest and is ready to sign up the doe-eyed Aditi Rao Hydari in an important role for the project, which is titled Har Har Byomkesh. We hear that other Bollywood faces have also been approached for roles in the film.
Arindam's team has just returned from Benares after a recce, since the film — which is adapted from the Saradindu Bandyopadhyay story, Bahni Patanga, and will be produced by Shree Venkatesh Films — revolves around Byomkesh, Ajit and Satyabati's adventures in the temple city. During their stay there, they get embroiled in the murder mystery of zamindar Dipnarayan Singh. Both Dipnarayan and his wife Shakuntala are integral to the plot, which is set in 1946 Benaras. Aditi is slated to play Shakuntala. "She is a headturner of the then society of Benaras. She is intelligent and beautiful, yet elegant and poised. She is a brilliant painter who also knows horse riding. I needed an actress who could do justice to this effervescent character. I wanted someone who was not Bengali and had the right Hindi accent. Then, on my way to Cannes earlier this year, I met Shoojit Sircar at the airport and over a glass of iced tea, the discussion turned to Shakuntala's character. That is when he suggested that I should approach Aditi Rao Hydari, and I felt that was it! Later, Sujoy Ghosh shared her number with me. When I contacted Aditi, she loved the story. I guess both Sujoy and Shoojit had spoken to her about my work and about this film, so she was quite aware of it when I spoke to her," said Arindam.
Turns out, Arindam had bought a painting from Subroto Gangopadhyay, which resembled the character of Shakuntala as Arindam perceived it. "I knew this had to be my Shakuntala Singh. And Aditi looks so similar to the lady in the portrait," he added. In the film, Rajesh Sharma will be seen in an important role, that of inspector Purandar Pandey from Benares. Explaining his choice of the title, the director further said, "It is a take on Har Har Mahadev. I think we all have a hidden Byomkesh in us. The Satyanweshi is all around, just the way, the chant Har Har Mahadev tells us that Mahadev is all around us. That apart, there will be many Hindi dialogues, so this title will appeal to the non-Bengali audience too." The director will be travelling to Mumbai in the first week of July to narrate the script to Aditi and finalize other details. He said that the search for the actor to bring alive the iconic sleuth on screen was still on, but promised a starry cast of Tollywood A-listers in important roles.