RBN Web Desk: Popular television actress Ditipriya Roy is all set to play Aparna in the new Apu film ‘Avijatrik’ to be directed by Subhrajit Mitra. Apu, the main protagonist in auteur Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy, will make a return to the big screen six decades after the last film hit the theatres. Apur Sansar, the last film in the franchise, released in 1959.
Ditipriya currently plays the title role in the hugely popular Bengali TV serial Karunamoyee Rani Rashmoni.
Arpita Chatterjee has been roped in to play Apu’s close friend Leela in Avijatrik. Bangladeshi actor Arifin Shuvo plays Apu in the film. Sreelekha Mitra plays Ranu while Sabyasachi Chakraborty has been cast as an adventurer in the film.
Avijatrik will be based entirely on the concluding part of Aparajito written by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. The plot of the new film will take off from where Apur Sansar ended.
Aparna—Apu’s wife in Bibhutibhushan’s novel—was played by Sharmila Tagore in the 1959 film. Apur Sansar marked the big screen debut of Sharmila along with Soumitra Chatterjee in the title role.