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Kolkata:  Saluting the indomitable spirit of the police force, Windows Productions launched the trailer of its much-awaited film, RAKTABEEJ, at Alipore Body Guard Lines today. Presented by Windows and Sanjay Agarwal, Raktabeej is a taut thriller and a first of its kind by director duo Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee. The film is about the homecoming of the country’s president to his native village, and when an accidental blast in a firecracker unit, a few kilometres from his home, unveils a bigger threat to his life, how the police spring into rapid action.

Padma Bhushan recipient Victor Banerjee, who is known to have worked with Roman Polanski, James Ivory, Sir David Lean, Jerry London, Ronald Neame, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Shyam Benegal, is playing the lead in the film, which also stars Anasua Majumdar, Abir Chatterjee, Mimi Chakraborty, Kanchan Mallick, Ambarish Bhattacharya, Satyam Bhattacharya, Debasish Mondal, Devlina Kumar and others.

“We are forever indebted to Kolkata Police for not only keeping us safe, but for also inspiring a great deal. They are on duty when the whole city is celebrating and no thank you is enough. In the film, both Abir Chatterjee and Mimi Chakraborty essay the characters of fearless police officers and we could write these characters only because of the inspiring men in uniform, whom we continue to see around us. Didi (Nandita Roy) and I had to wait for 12 years to release our film on Puja. That itself is a very big event for us. Raktabeej is our first directorial to release in Puja and we are supremely excited. The film unfolds in the backdrop of Durga Puja and for us, even the shoot was a celebration of sorts. Both Didi (Nandita Roy) and I, and also our entire team, can’t wait to unravel the mystery on the big screen,” said Shiboprosad.

Abir Chatterjee, who essays the role of IPS officer Pankaj Sinha, said he had to train physically every day to get under the skin of the character. “Even though this is my third film with the production house, it happens to be my first with directors Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee. My character is that of a top cop, who is both mentally agile and physically active. On top of that, he has a big team to run. And when he gets the task of saving civilians gathered for Durga Puja and above everything, the first citizen of the country, he leaves no stones unturned. The margin of error has to be minimum and in sync with this thought, I underwent a lot of physical training, else the scenes wouldn’t have looked so convincing. Of course, a lot of credit goes to action director Manohar Verma for curating the stunts. I have just done whatever I could for this role, as playing the role of a police officer is a dream come true.”

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