Sujoy Ghosh explains why Abhishek Bachchan replaced Saswata Chatterjee as Bob Biswas
Actor Abhishek Bachchan will now essay the role of Bob Biwas in the film which was earlier portrayed by Bengali renowned actor Saswata Chatterjee in Sujoy Ghosh’s kahaani. After the character was introduced in Vidya Balan starter, fans were mighty impressed with Saswata’s serial killer avatar. However, in the spin-off, Sujoy replaced him with Abhishek Bachchan and fans wonder why the director chose Bachchan over Chatterjee. Seeing so much going on social media, the writer of the film Ghosh finally broke his silence and explained why the Breathe actor replaced Saswata as Bob Biswas.
Sujoy Ghosh said that casting Abhishek Bachchan as Bob Biswas was a conscious decision. “It was a very conscious decision of casting a new actor to play Bob Biswas because I wanted to move away from ‘Kahaani’, this is not that film. The world of this film is different. This is a new film, which has its own standing,” he told IANS.
He further added, “Through this film, we have attempted to create a new world of Bob Biswas which has a fresh new perspective to the story. That is in fact, one of the reasons why I did not direct the film. In the earlier film, when the introduction of Bob happened (referring to ‘Kahaani’) he only had a presence of eight minutes. Now, we have a full story on him.”
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“I am saying it is not impossible to recreate the world of Bob Biswas where Saswata who played Bob earlier can be cast. In fact, if I was helming the film, Saswata would have been a choice, but Diya is directing the film and this is the choice she made. She has her vision to the film. Our idea is to create a new film, in which the world of Bob is different from what we have seen in ‘Kahaani‘,” says Sujoy.