Arjun on sharing screen with father Sabyasachi Chakrabarty: Having Baba around helped me do better

For the first time, Arjun Chakrabarty shared the screen space with father Sabyasachi Chakrabarty in Subhrajit Mitra directed ‘Avijatrik’. So, not just the audience appreciation for his portrayal of Apu at the KIFF screening, sharing screen with his father is also a huge honour for Arjun.

“Another honour, I must say. Any co-actor will be unnerved by Baba’s personality, his performance coupled with that baritone. I tried my best to remain calm and stay focused. In fact, having Baba around, helped me do better. It’s a joy, seeing myself in the same frame with him on the big screen,” shared the actor while speaking to ETimes during an exclusive chat.

It is quite obvious that people will compare Arjun and Subhrajit to Satyajit Ray and Soumitra Chatterjee. So, how does he plan to deal with that? “Very true, and intimidating. As I said, I (and everyone associated with Avijatrik) tried to be ourselves and preserve our originality. We cannot help the constant comparison, but we can strongly say we did not try to imitate or copy anyone,” he explained.

With ‘Avijatrik’ (The Wanderlust of Apu) – the enduring and endearing character of Apu returns after 60 years on the big screen! It is the sequel to the classic Apu Trilogy, directed by Satyajit Ray. The plot takes off from where Apu Trilogy had ended in 1959 with ‘Apur Sansar’. The story revolves around a sublime bond between a father (Apu) and his 6-year-old son (Kajol). The film has explored a beautiful tapestry of pure interpersonal relationships to recreate the magic of Apu– sharing adventures with his beloved son, Kajol.