Srijit Mukherjee decided to adapt Shankar’s classic ‘Chowringhee’ into film

Vastavam web: Director and screenwriter Srijit Mukherjee has decided to adapt Shankar’s classic 1962 novel ‘Chowringhee’ for his next film.The film, with Prosenjit Chatterjee in the lead, will be set in the present day, the ‘Begum Jaan’ director said recently at an event here.”My next venture would be a contemporary take on the novel and not a period film. I am in love with the city. It has a character of its own. Most of my films had in past sought to capture the city – its buildings and people.

Author Mani Shankar Mukherjee, who writes under the pseudonym of better ‘Shankar’, expressed hope that Mukherjee would retain the spirit of the original novel.”I believe Srijit will retain the essence of the original work, published in 1962,” he said.The yet-untitled film, co-produced by Mukherjee and the SVF, will have Abir Chatterjee as the first-person narrator and actors Jisshu Sengupta, Anjan Dutt, Jaya Ahsan and Mamata Shankar in pivotal roles.