RBN Web Desk: Director Srijit Mukherji has said, his upcoming film Ek Je Chhilo Raja will not only be an absorbing courtroom drama, but will have thriller elements as well. Speaking to the media recently, he said, a series of real-life incidents have been included in the narrative that adds to the suspense.
Ek Je Chhilo Raja is inspired from the Bhawal case, where a possible imposter claiming to be the second prince of the estate, returns a decade after being presumed dead.
The film is based on historian Partha Chattterjee’s bestselling book ‘A Princely Imposter’, which recalls one of the most extraordinary legal battles ever fought in India. The narrative history is an incredible story that unfolded in the courts of Dhaka, Kolkata (then Calcutta), and London, and was replete with family intrigue, squandered wealth, and sexual debauchery.
Jisshu Sengupta plays Ramendra Narayan Roy, the prince in Ek Je Chhilo Raja, and also the person who returns to claim his share from the estate. Rajnandini Paul plays his queen Bibhabati Devi.
Pijush Bose’s 1975 film Sanyasi Raja, based on the Bhawal case, had Uttam Kumar and Supriya Devi in the lead. The film largely romanticised the life of the Bhawal prince and his return. Ek Je Chhilo Raja, according to Srijit, is based on the facts of the case and is closer to history.
Ramendra Narayan, as the claimant declared himself after returning to Bhawal, moved a Dhaka court on 24 April 1930 against Bibhabati Devi to wrest control over the property which had been taken over by the British Court of Wards since the disappearance of the prince.
The film has an ensemble cast that includes Anirban Bhattacharya, Rudranil Ghosh, and Jaya Ahsan in key roles.
Anjan Dutt and Aparna Sen play opponent lawyers in the film.
Ek Je Chhilo Raja releases this Puja.