The filmmaker said she did not take any reference from the books published on the life of the doe-eyed beauty, who died last year. “I didn’t take the reference of any biographer of Suchitra Sen as it (Mahanayika) is not by definition a biopic. But the film has certain incidents having similarities with her life — how she would not be cowed down by pressure and went on to carve her own niche,”
Initially titled as Nayika, the director changed the title to Mahanayika thinking about Sen’s super stardom. “I had initially named the film Nayika but then as I dwelt on the conflict, the inner struggle and strife involving a heroine like Suchitra Sen who became a diva I rechristened it as Mahanayika,” he said.
Suchitra Sen was the finest actress of her time and in the film, we are showing that Shakuntala Sen is the reigning queen of the Bengali film industry now. We are not aping Suchitra Sen’s make up and look for our film. Mahanayika is not a biopic on the actress. But yes, we have been inspired by some moments in her professional life. Suchitra Sen acted in as Kamallata in 1969. We are showing Shakuntala Sen is also acting in a film titled Kamallata. This is our way of paying tribute to one of the greatest actresses of Bengali cinema,” says the director.
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In the meantime, Rituparna, who’s a self-confessed Suchitra Sen fan, says that the film bears some resemblance to Sen’s life. “We are not making a biopic on her. Mahanayika revolves around the life of an actress, Shankuntala Sen and looks at how a film industry works. I am very fond of Suchitra Sen. She is one of the best actresses the country has ever produced. She had struggled a lot to reach the place she enjoys till now. She had introduced a new style of acting in Bengali cinema.