Prosenjit Chatterjee has a few conditions before signing an ensemble film. The actor says that the director either needs to give him a powerful character or a strong reason behind casting him. Filmmaker Srijit Mukherjee gave Prosenjit both in his upcoming Bengali film, Zulfiqar, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. The actor will be seen in the titular role, which draws inspiration from the character of Roman general Julius Caesar.
“Today, everyone (read filmmakers) knows that I am in no rush to do films. In fact, I am willing to sit back at home if I don’t get an exciting character. This film brings together a number of actors from the Bengali film fraternity. All the actors (Dev, Jisshu Sengupta, Parambrata Chatterjee and Ankush and others) came together in support of good cinema by keeping their egos aside. We want this film to draw equal fan following for all the actors including me so that it creates a box-office record which is better than what any Bollywood film has so far got on the opening day in West Bengal,” says the actor.
The Moner Manush actor also admits that the film has strengthened the bond between the actors, which will help the Bengali film industry in the long run. He adds that the actors are trying to bridge the gap between commercial and middle-of-the-road cinema through this ensemble film.