Kolkata, August 29 (Calcutta Tube): Rituparna Sengupta is in heavenly bliss. She has bagged an assignment to work in a Madhur Bhandarkar film opposite Ajay Devgun. The film, purportedly a full-scale comedy, is a multi-starrer. She will portray a news reader in her professional life and Ajay Devgun’s wife in her personal life in the film. Others who are likely to be in the acting cast are Shehzaan Padamsee, Emraan Hashmi, Sruti Hasan and Omi Vaidya and the working title of the film is Dil To Bachha Hai Jee. The film is being produced by Kumar Mangat. She has already worked with directors like Priyadarshan and Chandan Arora. Life Express is another Rituparna film awaiting release that explores the difficult subject of surrogate motherhood.
Her latest release is And Once Again in English directed by Amol Palekar. “I have played Rajat Kapoor’s wife in this film which shows me in a character with several shades,” says Rituparna. She plays Manuvela, an architect who goes to Sikkim on an official visit. She requests her husband Rishikesh Nag (Rajat Kapoor) to join her. Rishi is trying to cope with shock of having lost his first wife and son in a violent attack when he was posted in Yugoslavia. While he was undergoing therapy in order to overcome his trauma, Rishi met Manuvela – his psychiatrist’s daughter! She fell in love. Their marriage helped him to get back to life. Once, while returning from a monastery in Sikkim, Rishi sees a female monk who looks exactly like his first wife Savitri (Antara Mali.) He tries to trace her roots and discovers, to his shock, that it is indeed Savitri. He tells Manuvela everything and she too, is shocked and shaken. The film explores the journey of Rishikesh and Manuvela to find out how Savitri landed in a Buddhist monastery in Sikkim. Does Savitri recognise her husband? How does Manuvela respond to this complex situation in her life? And Once Again film subtly talks about repercussions of violence on human life: its lingering shadow on all of us with its startling shades! Somehow we manage to draw a line between our past and present. The film is being presented jointly by Shangrila Creations and Saarth Production in association with the Government of Sikkim.
by Shoma A. Chatterji