Anirban Bhattacharya started off 2020 right where he left off in 2019 – with yet another stunning performance in Srijit Mukherji’s ‘Dwitiyo Purush’. After playing a passionate journalist in ‘Gumnaami’, Anirban again won hearts with his act as Khoka in Srijit’s thriller. As audiences and critics applauded his act as Khoka, Anirban too is overwhelmed to see the response. He’s in fact enjoying Khoka’s fan base.
“Many have said my look was repulsive in the film and that’s the kind of response I wanted to elicit from the audience. I wanted Khoka to have a fleshy, oily and repulsive look to portray the ugliness, and it clicked very well with the audience. In fact, it did so well that now Khoka has a dedicated Twitter handle and a huge fanbase on social media with, perhaps, the largest number of memes,” said the versatile actor during an exclusive chat with ETimes.
“The character I played in Dwitiyo Purush is completely different from what I am. To play someone like that in a believable manner is quite satisfying. I have received good feedback from the audience too,” added Anirban.
The story ‘Dwitiyo Purush’, a sequel to ‘Baishe Srabon’, starts against the backdrop of 1993, Chinatown, Kolkata, when a gang war took place and led to several murders. The police get involved but politics leads to the whole incident being covered up. Twenty-five years later the same thing begins to happen again, identical from the location to the pattern of killing. In this spin-off to Baishe Srabon, Abhijit Prakashi and his assistant Rajat are once again confronted by a baffling mystery.
Produced by SVF, the film also stars Parambrata Chatterjee, Gaurav Chakrabarty, Raima Sen, Ridhima Ghosh and Rwitibroto Mukherjee among others in pivotal roles.