25 years in the industry, Jackie Shroff is not afraid of experimenting with unusual roles. After playing King
Uncle, Bhoot Unkle and Sai Baba in the movie Malik Ek (currently under production), he is now playing
a freedom fighter in Ujjwal Chatterjee’s next historical film. The film will be based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Sesher
Kobita (Farewell My Friend) written in 1928.
Presently untitled, the film will be made in Hindi and Bengali and have sub-titles in English. " Sesher Kobita is one of Tagore’s excellent works; so I thought of adapting
this classic. I have been working on the script for a couple of years," says Chatterjee.
About his characters, Chatterjee replies, “I have amended
the story a little and added new characters to make the film more contemporary. Jackie Shroff’s character does not exist in the original. When I approached Jackie, he was excited at the thought of playing a freedom fighter. The
film co-stars Ashmit Patel and Anuj Sawhney in leads. Rituparna Sengupta will play the female lead. Kunal Kapoor will play an exciting and an important role.”
further informs, “The film is produced by an N.R.I. from U.S.A. Budgeted at Rs. 450 million (Rs 45 crore) the film will roll from this December. Major portions will be shot in London, Kolkata and Simla.”
Kumar Sanu, his producer of Utthaan, is providing the
musical score for the film.