Tolly’s tryst with a croc

He has been associated with croc films before. Now, art director Nitish Roy, who was the production designer for the Holly horror feast ” Crocodile2: Death Swamp“, is set to make a Tollywood film on the reptile. But he’s clear about one thing – this isn’t the Bengali version of the Holly flick.

“I’m sick and tired of the run-ofthe-mill relationship stories that Tollywood passionately churns out. Having been associated with Bengal for so long, I wanted to gift the audience something new and different. A creature feature is a first of its kind, not just in Tollywood, but in India,” says Roy.

The director, who is awaiting the release of his children’s movie based on Shirshendu Mukherjee’s work, adds, “The film is based on a script penned by Debaditya Dutta and me. It is about a mad scientist (Mithun) who wants to experiment and comes up with a lovable crocodile. Like a dolphin, this crocodile is blessed with intelligence. At this point, an NRI (Jackie) enters the story. He wants to build his own Jurassic Park and wants to get his hands on this crocodile. We will be using a lot of CGI and pyrotechnics in the movie.”

Roy is all geared up to begin shooting from December 23 at a film city in Kolkata. A 100 ft crocodile will be created and though the film, titled “Jole Jongole”, is being seen as a children’s venture, Roy is optimistic that it will be lapped up by everyone from eight to 80.

What’s more, the buzz is that Roy also plans to make the film in Hindi, which will be titled “Gehra Paani”. The Bengali venture stars Mithun Chakraborty, Jackie Shroff, Ashish Vidyarthi, Tinnu Anand, Barun Chanda, Mumtaz Sorcar, Riju, Rajdeep Gupta, Rimjhim Mitra, Pamela Singh Bhutoria, Sayak, Titas, Kharaj Mukherjee and Kanchan Mullick. Roy says that the entire cast will not be repeated in the Hindi version.

Right now, I’m concentrating on the Bengali film. I’ll start on the Hindi project once I am through with this,” says Roy. Talks are also on with one of Bollywood’s biggest stars for Mithun’s role in the Hindi version, says a unit member. “Chances are Tinnu, Ashish and Dibyendu might feature in the Hindi version,” he adds.

Tinnu, on his part, confirms that he is doing the project. “But I haven’t signed the contract as yet. I haven’t been told about my role so far, but I’m committed to act in this film. I’m meeting Roy in the next few days,” he says. The Tolly talents are no less kicked about this project. Mumtaz reveals she was part of the film since its inception. “I was perhaps the first to be cast. I know about this project for a year now. This is an adventure thriller and definitely a first for me.”

Paired opposite Mumtaz is Riju. Says the actor, “I play Deep, while Mumtaz is Laila. There’s a subtle love angle between the two of us. Deep is one bindaas guy, whose mantra is to live life to the fullest. A part of the project will be shot in the Sunderbans. In fact, this is where the young group meets the professor (Mithun). Most of my scenes are with Tinnuji, who plays a boat owner. It’s his boat that takes the youngsters to the scientist’s lab. I am already getting goosebumps at the thought of working with Mithunda. I’ve had a look test. Initially, I was supposed to play another character, but after the look test, Nitishda decided to cast me as Deep.”

Equally thrilled is Rajdeep, “I’ve had a meeting with the unit. But I’m yet to get the details of my role as I’m busy with other commitments.”

Jeet Gannguli has been roped in to score for both the versions, while Samidh will pen the lyrics. “Ya, talks are on. There will be six tracks for the Bengali and Hindi ventures. I’m yet to finalize the singers but I think I will have Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, singing for me. Apart from the theme song, there will be a romantic number and other peppy tracks keeping the youth in mind,” says Jeet. If all goes well, Mohit Chauhan and Sunidhi Chauhan will also be doing playback for the film.

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