Mukherji had previously cast actors Prasenjit Chatterjee and Jisshu Sengupta for his first home production. However, both had to opt out for different reasons.
Srijit Mukherji signs Parambrata Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee for Shah Jahan Regency
Kolkata - 04 Jul 2018 17:25 IST
Filmmaker Srijit Mukherji announced the first film under his home production Matchcut Productions Pvt. Ltd. The film, titled Shah Jahan Regency, will be a modern day story, inspired by writer Sankar's best-selling novel Chowringhee, first published in 1962.
Srijit had previously decided on an ensemble cast that included actors Prasenjit Chatterjee and Jisshu Sengupta. However, Chatterjee considered himself to be too old for the role and opted out. Sengupta, who has worked in Mukherji’s Uma (2018) and Yeti Obhijaan (2017), also backed out as he is recovering from the recent gall bladder surgery.
Actor Abir Chatterjee has been signed to replace Prasenjit’s character, while actor-turned-director Parambrata Chatterjee has been roped in to replace Sengupta.
The film also stars Swastika Mukherjee, who will be working with Sritjit after four years. They last collaborated for Jaatiswar (2014). Also, actress Rituparna Sengupta will be seen in a cameo, but her role will be crucial in the film.
Actors Anjan Dutt, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rudranil Ghosh and Babul Supriyo will also play important parts in the film.
The novel was first adapted into a film in 1968 by Pinaki Mukerjee. The film featured Uttam Kumar in the lead.
According to Srijit, the scenario narrated in the novel has changed a lot in the past 50 years. Therefore, he is not really attempting for a remake. He has also added a few characters and changed the names, as the ones from the novel seem to be out-dated. For now, the filmmaker has not disclosed much about the characters.
Shah Jahan Regency is expected to go on floors this month.