Role reversal: Tathagata to don the director’s hat!


Having starting his journey with the film ‘Nana Ronger Dinguli’, Tathagata Mukherjee is a known face of the TV world, today. His journey in the small screen started with ‘Bou Kotha Kou’ and since then there was no looking back for this ‘Jack of many trades’.

The actor who has nurtured his directorial instincts quite a few times in the recent past is ready with his latest offering as the ‘captain of the ship’. Titled ‘Unicorn’ the plot revolves around the mythical beast and our very own Bengal’s ‘Nokshikatha’ and how the filmmaker merges both to tell an impassioned tale. The hour long movie has the director’s wife –actress Debleena Dutt Mukherjee essaying the central character –Apala. Apala is a new age woman who is married and is financially independent.

Debleena Dutt Mukherjee
Debleena Dutt Mukherjee

Tormented with the ups and downs of life, Apala slowly finds her solace in the family heirloom- a Nakshikatha and gets drifted away to a land of fantasy and delusion. Gradually she loses track of the real world and fails to differentiate between the magical and the pragmatic world. People start treating her as a mentally imbalanced person. Raj Dey will be seen enacting the role of Apala’s husband in the movie.

Unicorn tries to paint a poignant story of how women are still not free from the shackles of the male domination and is still captivated; though this is 21st century. The film also boasts of an underwater shoot sequence despite being of small duration. Tathagata is very much particular about all the nitty gritties of his 70mm venture and here is waiting for a brilliant socio-fantasy drama that is on the brink.