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Arindam Sil to pay tribute to Quentin Tarantino with Khela Jokhon

The thriller, set to go on floors in February 2019, will star Sayani Gupta and Abir Chatterjee.

Roushni Sarkar

Arindam Sil is all set to begin shooting for his upcoming thriller Khela Jokhon, which he says is a tribute to the acclaimed American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Known for making Byomkesh films and other thrillers, Sil is now preparing himself towards a new direction.

Arijit Biswas, famed for writing the screenplays of Badlapur (2015) and Andhadhun (2018), has been roped in as the screenwriter.

Sayani Gupta, who was seen in films like Margarita With A Straw (2015), Parched (2016), Jolly LLB 2 (2017) and Jagga Jasoos (2017), among others, has been roped in to play the lead role. Abir Chatterjee is also happy to come out of his Byomkesh avatar and challenge himself with a new character in the film as well. Adil Hussain, Tanusree Shankar, Jayant Kripalani, Indrasish Roy, Sourav Das and Joydeep Kundu will also play important roles in Khela Jokhon.

“I have always tried to bring myself out of my comfort zone and do something new. The appreciation I get from the audience gives me the courage to do something new each time,” said the director, in an interview with The Times of India, a daily. “It is not only detective films like Byomkesh, which people think is my forte, as I have also made films like Aborto (2013) and Dhananjoy (2017). This time, I want to make a thriller, which will be my tribute to Tarantino.”

According to the director, the film will begin on a slow note and gradually gain the pace of a thriller. The protagonist Urmi, comes out of coma and is taken care of by her loving husband Sagnik and her in-laws. However, she cannot come to terms with her new life as the rising situations begin to contradict her beliefs and she starts turning violent. The film gradually adopts the pace of her violence.

“Though I did a small role in Tasher Desh (2013), I’d consider Khela Jokhon as my debut Bengali film. I was waiting for the right script and right maker and I am happy to have got both,” Gupta told the daily. “I was hooked to the story when I first heard it. The way Urmi’s past haunts her and the unravelling of the real story is very interesting.”

Bickram Ghosh will compose the music for the film and Subhankar Bhar will shoot the film at various locations in Kolkata, Odisha and Kurseong. Khela Jokhon will go on floors in February 2019.