BY ANUJ RADIA

Veteran and ethereal Bollywood actress Rakhee Gulzar, who mesmerised her fans with ’70s classics like Sharmilee and Kabhi Kabhie, is back on the screen. Only this time, she will be a part of a Bengali-Hindi bilingual directed by veteran Bangla director Gautam Haldar.

Speaking exclusively on her return to acting with a leading publication, the actress, who turned numerous offers down in recent years, reveals more about her comeback. “Normally, I’d say no to any acting offer, no matter how tempting. But when the director told me he was doing a screen adaptation of Moti Nandy’s classic novel Bijolibalar Mukti, I agreed to make an exception this time,” she says.

The film was originally made in Bengali, but as of now, the makers feel a Hindi version will also be relevant. Explains Rakhee, “It’s a very topical subject. It touches on communal and caste issues, as well as the rights and privileges of a 70-year-old Brahmin widow. We shot the film in Bengali, but now on the director’s request, we are dubbing the film in Hindi too.”

The actress, who is very closely attached to Bengal and Kolkata, will return to her favourite city at the end of the month to dub in Hindi for the film, which she informs, is called Mukti in Bengali and Nirvaan in Hindi.