IFFI52 Indian Panorama film ‘Abhijaan’ offers tribute to Soumitra Chatterjee – a stalwart of the golden era of Bengali cinema

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Paoli Dam at IFFI 52
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IFFI52 Indian Panorama film ‘Abhijaan’ offers tribute to Soumitra Chatterjee – a stalwart of the golden era of Bengali cinema

By PIB Mumbai

Panaji, 27 November, 2021

Abhijaan, the Indian Panorama Feature film at 52nd IFFI offers tribute to the legendary Bengali thespian and one of the stalwarts of the golden era of Bengali cinema Soumitra Chatterjee.

“Abhijaan is based on the true life journey of Soumitra Chatterjee, who was an institution in himself”, said Paoli Dam, actor of the film at a Press Conference on the sidelines of 52nd IFFI today.

The noted Bengali actress said that interacting with him was always enlightening. “He is one actor whose legacy the present generation of Bengal artists have been trying to inherit. His body of work will inspire generations to come. I am privileged to work with him in few films”, she added.

She further said that the aspiring actors and film makers should imitate his indomitable spirit, unique creative mind and sensibility.

Addressing the Presser, the Producer of the film said “First he refused to accept our offer and he gave his consent later after several request. Instead of making a biopic, we have shown his real life journey.”

Abhijaan

(Indian Feature Films- Bengali)

About the Director: Parambrata Chattopadhyay is an actor and filmmaker. He has acted in 87 films (mostly Bengali but Hindi too). He made his Hindi film debut in ‘Kahaani’ (2012).

About the Film: Dr. Sanjay Sen, an NRI Oncologist, arrives in Kolkata to archive the life of actor Soumitra Chatterjee, one of the stalwarts of the golden era of Bengali cinema. At first, Chatterjee turns him down. But he eventually allows Sen to film him on his life, experiences, philosophies and setbacks. What Dr. Sen takes back home is not just a film which brings forth different facets of the actor’s life and career, but also a very deep sense of life and a renewed philosophy about existence itself.

Producers: Ratanshree Nirman is owned by producer Nav Ratan Jhawar. Roadshow Films was founded in 2016 by Parambrata Chatterjee (actor, producer and director), Aritra Sen (producer and director) and Supriyo Sen (documentary filmmaker).

Cast & Crew

Screenplay: Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Padmanabha

DOP: Appu Prabhakar

Editor: Sumit Chowdhury

Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Prambrata C.

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