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Bollywood director Aniruddha: Love exploring the nuances of unnamed relationships

  • His new film ‘Kadak Singh’ will be released on Friday
  • Jaya Ahsan perfect fit for the character ‘Naina’, Aniruddha says
Update : 08 Dec 2023, 11:07 AM

The winner of India’s national award and International Indian Film Academy Award Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury is renowned for delving into the intricacies of unspoken connections among people.

In his own words: “I love exploring the nuances of unnamed relationships.” 

As if it was an indication of his new film “Kadak Singh”, a film where a dynamic relationship evolves between the patient and a nurse characterized by a subtle interdependence.

`Kadak Singh` poster. Photo: Facebook/ Jaya Ahsan

Starring Jaya Ahsan and Pankaj Tripathi in the lead roles, the film is set to be released on Friday on India’s OTT platform, ZEE5.

Ahead of his new film release, the director sat down for an exclusive conversation with Dhaka Tribune in Kolkata.

A popular director and producer in the Indian film industry, Aniruddha started his career with the Indian Bengali film “Anuranan” as a director. He presented the film industry with some critically acclaimed films that feature human relationships from a different angle.

Growing up watching movies like Zanjeer (1973), the Hindi film industry is nothing less than an absolute phenomenon to Aniruddha. 

Although he admits that he is not so good when it comes to Hindi writing skills. However, the Hindi films he directed had showered him with nothing but success.

The calmness in her eyes

Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury has been an admirer of the calmness in Jaya Ahasan’s eyes. As if he could understand the quiescence in her eyes. 

Jaya has consistently been his preferred choice for casting, and when Aniruddha was thinking about the actor for Naina’s role, it was Jaya who naturally came to his mind.

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With Jaya being the perfect fit for Naina’s character, he wanted her to spend more time on the screen of “Kadak Singh”.

Speaking about casting Jaya Ahsan in the movie “Kadak Singh”, Aniruddha expressed his satisfaction.

Bollywood director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. Photo: Ayanangsha Maitra 

Although it was Jaya’s very first step into the glamorous world of Bollywood, she strongly left a part of her charisma on the shooting set as well. 

The director clarified that they did not face any issues with Jaya Ahsan while working on the film.

Not a single dialogue of Jaya aka Naina in “Kadak Singh” needed dubbing. She was this much eminent in her work.

“A real artiste can adjust in any character and enjoy working with Pankaj Tripathi, one of the best Hindi actors,” he exclaimed.

The story of Kadak Singh

The plot of the movie revolves around an officer of the Department of Financial Crimes, played by Pankaj Tripathi. After being diagnosed with retrograde amnesia, he is attempting to solve a chit-fund scam case.

He depends on hearing other people's interpretations of his true identity and how he came to be in the hospital receiving treatment.

Jaya Ahsan portrayed the role of his girlfriend, Naina.

Bollywood director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. Photo: Ayanangsha Maitra

The concept of “Kadak Singh” was generated towards the end of the pandemic. When Aniruddha approached Pankaj Tripathi with the film the idea was, he envisioned the movie to unfold seamlessly through some daily life leisure activities like dining, relishing beverages, and strolling. 

And the entire team of “Kadak Singh” was able to pull that off.

The Dhaka-Kolkata bond

During the shooting of the film, the entire team of ‘’Kadak Singh’’, including Jaya Ahsan and Pankaj Tripathi, developed an amicable relationship. When the filming came to an end, there was a sense of sadness among the cast and crew.

Aniruddha, his wife, and actor Jaya watched together “The Edge of Heaven” by Fatih Akın at his Kolkata home. 

The director-actor duo spent a considerable amount in quietude beneath a mango tree, which he calls the "Tree of Enlightenment," in Kolkata.

The honesty of the arts is very strong in his movies, Aniruddha said. 

“Anuranana”, “Antoheen”, “Aparajeeta Tumi”, “Buno Has”, “Pink” or “Lost”- he takes his stories from the atmosphere. 

Aniruddha tries to absorb things from the surroundings and attempts to touch and feel whatever he comes across.

The acclaimed director revealed that he has a Bangladeshi bloodline as both of his parents hail from Bangladesh. 

His mother originated from Barisal, while his father hailed from Faridpur. 

Mentioning his connection with Bangladesh in his youth days, Aniruddha spoke about a freedom fighter of 1971 he remembers as Azad Da, who was a family friend. Azad was a frequent visitor in their Kolkata home and passed away in Aniruddha's birthplace of Durgapur, West Bengal.

Bollywood director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. Photo: Ayanangsha Maitra

Dhaka film industry 

When the conversation turned to the alleys of the Dhaka film industry, Aniruddha said that he finds the productions here quite innovative and colorful and can captivate audiences. 

He mentioned movies like "Hawa" and "Aynabaji” that grabbed his attention. 

The acclaimed director also expressed his great attraction to the directing skills of Nuhash Humayun, Iftakar H Chowdhury, and Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. 

He said that he enjoys watching the performances of Bangladeshi actors such as Badhon, Mosharaf Karim and Chanchal Chowdhury.

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