Kolkata/IBNS: Makers have dropped a new look of Tollywood superstar-producer Dev from his upcoming film 'Bagha Jatin', which is based on Indian revolutionary Jatindranath Mukherjee or Bagha Jatin.
Dev plays the titular role in 'Bagha Jatin', which is directed by Arun Roy popularly known for '8/12 Binay Badal Dinesh'.
At the time of the British Raj, the freedom fighters often used to take shelter in various places and used to take a disguise to skip being caught. These would help them in executing their freedom movement without hassles.
Dev's new look from the film is the one where Bagha Jatin disguises himself for the greater cause.
Ace make-up artist Somnath Kundu has created this look in the film.
Dev in and as Bagha Jatin
Dev shares, "In Bagha Jatin, I've had the incredible opportunity to step into the shoes of a character who, much like our brave freedom fighters of the past, knew the value of disguise in the pursuit of a greater cause.
"Just as they changed their looks to evade capture by the British, my character too undergoes a transformation to keep the flames of resistance burning. It's a humbling experience to portray this untold chapter of our history and pay tribute to those who fought valiantly for our freedom."
'Indians should know about Bengali revolutionaries,' says Dev
Sharing his experience of making the film as an actor and producer, Dev says, "We have a very few films about the Bengali revolutionaries. The last film '8/12 Binay Badal Dinesh' was also made by Arun Roy.
"We have been working on this film for almost two years. I may be able to do a lot of films in future but not 'Bagha Jatin'. Since the film's pre-production stage, we have lived the era. We had almost felt his battle against the British."
On choosing to portray a Bengali revolutionary, Dev, whose 'Tonic' and 'Projapati' were massive box office hits in recent times, said he wanted all Indians to know about Bengali revolutionaries.
Dev | Photo courtesy: IBNS
"I felt Indians should know about the Bengali revolutionaries. I feel people should get to know about a number of revolutionaries who have been lost in the pages of history," the 40-year-old actor said, and added, "We know a lot about Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad, but Bagha Jatin is known to very few people apart from the Bengalis.
"So I felt like taking this attempt. I am sure the audience will feel the emotion cutting across language barriers while watching the film."
'Bagha Jatin' tells the extraordinary tale of Jatindranath Mukherjee, a prominent freedom fighter and a key figure in India's struggle for independence during the early 20th century.
He was christened Bagha Jatin because he fought with a tiger in his bare hands. The movie sheds light on his fearless spirit, unwavering determination and unwavering love for his country.
This period film also features actress Sudipta Chakraborty in a major role while debutant Sreeja Dutta plays Bagha Jatin's onscreen wife Indubala.
The film is slated to release in Bengali and Hindi in the pan-India market on Oct 19 during Durga Puja.