Arshinagar[1] is a 2015 Bengali musical romance drama film directed by Aparna Sen. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Dev, Rittika Sen, Jisshu Sengupta, Kaushik Sen, Waheeda Rehman, Kamaleshwar Mukherjee, Roopa Ganguly, Jaya Seal Ghosh.[2] The screenplay is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The trailer of the film was released on 25 November 2015.[3]

Arshinagar poster.jpg
Official poster
Directed byAparna Sen
Produced byShree Venkatesh Films
Written bySayan Biswas
Screenplay byAparna Sen
Based onRomeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Rittika Sen
Jisshu Sengupta
Music bySobuj-Ashish
Hasin Mahtab
CinematographySirsha Ray
Edited byRabiranjan Maitra
Distributed byShree Venkatesh Films
Release date
  • 25 December 2015 (2015-12-25)
Running time
150 minutes




The film was announced to be a modern-day take on William Shakespeare's romantic-tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The film would have land mafia as its background, as told by Aparna Sen.[6]Dev's character is based on Romeo and Rittika Sen's character to be based on Juliet. Dev would essay the role of a member of a band named, Garage Band. Rittika Sen, who made her debut in Borbaad, was selected as the lead heroine because Aparna Sen wanted someone who would look ten years younger than the lead actor, so Sen zeroed on her.[7] Yesteryear legend, Waheeda Rehman, who worked with Aparna Sen in 15 Park Avenue, was selected to essay the role of Rittika's grandmother.[8][9] Theatre actor Anirban Bhattacharya was initially roped to portray the main antagonist[10] but then Jisshu Sengupta was selected to play the flamboyant negative character etched out on the lines of Tybalt, making his debut as a full-fledged antagonist. Anirban Bhattacharya was later on signed to play a supporting role. Apparently, Roopa Ganguly and Kaushik Sen had been cast as son and daughter of Waheeda Rahman, respectively. Actress Jaya Seal Ghosh and filmmaker Kamaleswar Mukherjee are also part of the film. While Jaya would play Dev's mother, Kamaleswar will be seen as Salim Saab, Rittika's music teacher. Shankar Chakraborty would enact the role of Dev's father, while Shantilal Mukherjee would essay the role of a corrupt politician.


The muhurat shot was held on 27 January 2015, whose pictures were posted by the makers on Twitter.[11][12] Dev and Anindya Banerjee started shooting for Aparna Sen's Arshinagar at a city studio on 7 February 2015.[13] Waheeda Rehman joined the shooting on 21 and 22 March.Kamaleshwar Mukherjee started shooting on 17 February 2015. Some scenes were filmed at the Bardhaman Rajbari in Alipore on Sunday afternoon.[14] Besides Kolkata, shooting locations include Adina Mosque of Malda, Purulia and Mumbai.[15]

Box office reportEdit

Arshinagar Movie's total budget was 2.3 Crores and Movie Box office collects total 1.97 crores between 10 Days only. Movie first day Collection was 38 lakhs and opening week collection was 87 lakhs.[16]


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  2. ^ "Kaushik Sen in Dev starrer Arshinagar". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Arshinagar trailer: Watch Aparna Sen's Romeo and Juliet adaptation". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Jishu Sengupta as Dev's prime rival in Arshinagar". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "I enjoy working with Aparna Sen: Waheeda Rehman". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Arshingar". EkdinPratidin. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Dev as Romeo, Ritika as Juliet?". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Waheeda Rahman to share screen with Dev in Arshinagar". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Waheeda Rehman shoots for her upcoming film Arshinagar". NewsWala. Archived from the original on 29 March 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Newbie as Dev's prime rival in Romeo & Juliet!". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Muharat #Arshinagar at a glance!!".
  12. ^ "Dev poses for selfie with Aparna Sen". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  13. ^ "In Pics: Dev turns rockstar for Arshinagar". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Exclusive Pics: Dev, Waheeda Rehman shooting for Arshinagar". The Times of India.
  15. ^ "Tollywood fundas of beating the heat". The Times of India.
  16. ^ "Arshinagar 10 Days Box Office Collection Reports". GulGal. Archived from the original on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.

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