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Popular Bengali novel gets contemporary spin in Srijit’s next

Filmmaker Srijit Mukherjee has said his latest venture ‘Shah Jahan Regency’, the contemporary adaptation of author Shankar’s timeless classic ‘Chowringhee’, is free from commercial trappings.

The novel revolves around the experiences of the characters author Shankar meets while working at a reputed hotel in Kolkata.

‘Shah Jahan Regency’ mirrors socio-political situation in modern-day Kolkata, while retaining the spirit of ‘Chowringhee’ based in the metropolis of 1950s, Mukherjee said recently on the sidelines of a programme.

The national award-winning director stressed that he has put equal emphasis on all key characters in the fiction, unlike the 1968 film based on the same novel with matinee idol Uttam Kumar in the lead.

The film is slated for release on January 19.

Mukherjee also clarified that he has retained the essence of the characters, while reinterpreting them.

“There is a big difference between the Kolkata of 1950s and now. The city had more spacious roads in 1950s, which has changed vastly in the present times. When we give a contemporary spin to the timeless tale, the retro look does gel with the film’s premise,” he said.

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