Jisshu Sengupta, the 37-year-old Bengali actor, has supposedly bagged the lead role opposite Deepika Padukone in their upcoming film called Piku. It would be the first collaboration between Deepika and Jisshu, in which they will be playing the romantic leads. Jisshu debuted in Bollywood having appeared in Anurag Basu’s movie, Barfi, along with Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz, back in 2012, which was a super hit in its own merit. The Bengali actor will also be appearing in Pradeep Sarkar’s Mardaani, in which he is appearing opposite Rani Mukherjee as her character’s husband.
Jisshu is one of the most famous and talented actors that Bengali cinema has to offer. He has given a stunning performance in his latest Bengali release Jaatishwar. In fact, his performance in Jaatishwar was the reason due to which he was able to get the role in Piku. Being launched by the YRF (Yash Raj Films) camp, director Shoojit Sircar had his doubts regarding the capabilities of the actor. But after watching his performance in Jaatishwar, Sircar was more than happy to sign Jisshu for the film. It has also been reported that the director was keen on signing Jisshu, as the character suited the actor perfectly. Although an unprecedented move, the pairing of Deepika Padukone opposite Jisshu Sengupta in Piku should garner a good amount of revenue.
Piku has an intimidating cast consisting of some of the biggest names in the industry today. Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan have also been signed up for this project. Commenting on the cast, actor Jisshu said, that it has been his childhood dream to work with Big B, and that he is a true admirer of Irrfan Khan. When asked about his lead co-star, Jisshu quickly answered by saying that Deepika is a dream girl for the most of the people today. So, the film gets more and more interesting with every passing minute.
Deepika Padukone has also been giving mesmerizing performance in her last few projects. Chennai Express (2013), Yeh Jawaani Hai Dewaani (2013), Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela (2013), have all been great successes at the box office, both in India, and across the globe. So it would not be too far-fetched to say, that these power packed performances influenced director Shoojit Sircar, to make his decision. The gorgeous 28-year-old has also been working with Rajnikanth, in the project of Kochadaiiyaan. This film is awaiting release, and is set to go across screens worldwide on an expected date of May 23, 2014. So it is needless to say, that the 28-year-old actress has a lot of movie lined up for this year.
Director Shoojit Sircar has delivered a lot of good movies to Indian people. Some of the top movies are Madras Café, and Vicky Donor. The first being one of the best political espionage movies to hit the screens in months. The latter one deals with the sensitive issue of sperm donation, and the taboo related to it. So it would not be hard to guess, that people are in for a treat in the form of Piku. The movie will reportedly star Deepika Padukone as the daughter of Amitabh Bachchan. The film is all set to hit the screens in August 2014. Last but not the least, Jisshu Sengupta opposite Deepika Padukone in Piku would definitely make the audience cheer, it seems.
Opinion by Sunando Basu
Free Press Journal