Veteran Indian actor Supriya Devi died on January 26. Within a week of her demise, reports confirm that a remake of Uttam Kumar and Supriya Devi’s “Chowringhee” will have a remake in West Bengal. Acclaimed Bangladeshi actor Jaya Ahsan will play the role of Karabi Guha, previously played by Supriya Devi in the original film.
The film was based on a novel with the same title written by Shankar back in 1962. It is said to be the first novel in West Bengal that featured stories of the posh lifestyles of the upper class society, their parties in five star hotels, gossips about their lives and a life of an air hostess. Later on, it was made into a motion picture in 1968.
The yet to be titled remake will be helmed by famous Indian director Srijit Mukherji. Reportedly, the film will start its shooting from June. This will be the first time Srijit’s Match Cut Productions LTD will collaborate with Shree Venkatesh Films. The project has a heavy weight cast with Prosenjit Chatterjee playing the role of Sata Bose originally played by Uttam Kumar, Jisshu Sengupta as Anindya Pakrashi, Mamata Shankar as Mrs. Pakrashi, Anjan Dutta as Marco Polo and Abir Chatterjee as Shankar.
Jaya Ahsan recently told the press: “This is the first time I’ll be working on a remake. Also acting in a role played by the veteran Supriya Devi is such a huge honour for me. I have heard that the film will be based on the original “Chowringhee,” but set in the present time. I am very excited to work with such an amazing unit and a great screenplay.”
Jaya returned to Dhaka on January 2 from the set of “Ek Je Chilo Raja” directed by the same director.