"The various modalities of the project are being worked out. Soumik has already worked on the script. He was keen that an A-lister feature in the title role," the source said.

The source adds when the director approached Akshay, he showed immense interest in the film which has already got the backing of a production house.

The filmmaker has reportedly also been granted permission by Sorcar's son PC Sorcar Junior, who is also an accomplished magician, to go ahead with the biopic.

Sorcar (1913-1971) was active in the 50s and 60s, hosting several shows in Kolkata as well as abroad. He was known for his tricks and illusions, the most notable being the 'floating lady' act. Sen was unavailable for comment.

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