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After ‘Begum Jaan,’ Srijit working on more Hindi films

After wrapping up “Begum Jaan”, filmmaker Srijit Mukherjee is working on the Hindi remake of his much-acclaimed Bengali works “Hemlock Society” and “Chotuskone”.

The two films marked a milestone in the Bengali film industry narrowing the divide between the art-house and commercial movies as they received critical acclaim as well as popular appreciation.

Srijit said that while “Hemlock Society” had earlier been made in Marathi, he is now penning a Hindi script of the movie.

“There will also be a Hindi version of ‘Chotuskone’ and I will soon start writing the script. ‘Chotuskone’ will be different from the Bengali version, more of a structural kind of thing,” he said.

The ace filmmker also has plans to make a movie on the life and times of the 19th century Bengali stage icon, Nati Binodini.

“I am also working on a film on Nati Binodini in Hindi and this is a fascinating subject. I am currently watching a few documentaries on her life and poring through writings on that period,” he said without elaborating.

On “Begum Jaan”, produced by Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, Srijit said that for its Bengali version ‘Rajkahini’, which was a huge box office success two years back, he had orginally thought of Vidya Balan in the role of Begum Jaan, but the actress had expressed her inability to do the film.

He said he had even wrote the dialogue of the “kothi malkin” in a broken Hindi-Bengali format.

“I wrote the part Hindi-Bengali script for ‘Rajkahini’ keeping in mind Vidya as “Begum Jaan”. However, as Vidya told me she was not doing films at that time, I said not an issue.

I then wrote the entire script in Bangla and if you make such a film in Bengali it has to be none other than Ritu (Rituparna Sengupta),” Srijit explained.

As “Rajkahini” became a critical success, Srijit said, Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt urged him to do a Hindi remake of it and thus was born “Begum Jaan”. 
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