|Director Sujit Mondal|
|Release date May 30, 2014 (2014-05-30)|
Arundhati is a 2014 Bengali horror thriller film directed by Sujit Mondal and produced by Shree Venkatesh Films and Surinder Films. The film features actress Koel Mallick in the lead role as a warrior queen.It is the remake of the 2009 super-hit Telugu film Arundhati.
The film is jointly produced by Rajib Tandoon, under the banner of their production houses. It is the remake of the 2009 super-hit Telugu film Arundhati, starring actors Anushka Shetty and Sonu Sood in the lead roles. The film is to be made around a budget of 6-7 crores INR. It was reported that the producer of the 2009 Telugu film demanded an excessive amount for selling the copyright for the Bengali remake. It was only after various meetings and negotiations that the amount was reduced to an affordable rate.
Koel Mallick will be seen as a warrior queen for the first time in this film. Regarding her role, she said, "Till the time you don’t experiment or take risks, you don’t know to what level you can go. Playing these larger-than-life characters isn't easy, specially because I have never done it. I needed to first believe in the subject. I believe in reincarnation and life after death. After saying yes, I had to really work very hard on getting Arundhati's body language right."
Filming of Arundhati started on 24 October 2013. Mallick was reported to have a very busy schedule during the filming of Arundhati. She had to learn horse-riding and sword-fighting for portraying her character in this film. Her horse-riding classes were taken by expert Vikram Rathore, at the Kolkata Maidan during the early hours of the day. Shooting locations include Bolpur and Kolkata. Her sword-fighting sequences are based on Kalaripayattu.