Coming out of the confines of her ancestral house in Bhawanipore during the four days of Durga Puja,which had been her routine for past several years,Tollywood actor Koel Mallick will go for pandal hopping this puja,to relive the experience of ‘Doshhomi’,the film revolving four fun-filled days.
“We had a blast during the shooting phase which went on for a fortnight in a puja mandap set in Bag Bazar,the hub of barorari puja in north Kolkata. Frankly I could sense I missed the fervour of being part of a crowd standing in a puja pandal,” Koel said at a meet to mark the release of the movie,produced by Cinenine Productions,on September 14.
“This time I intend to go for pandal hopping as well squeezing time from Mallickbarir pujo. Would love to see some big pujas,I missed earlier,” Koel,who had earlier turned up in another puja based film Devipaksha,nine years back,said.
The bubbly actor,who would term Doshhomi as shades different from Debipaksha said it was a entertainer with puja as the backdrop filled with dollops of masti and fun unlike Devipaksha which more dealt with other sides of human nature.
About switching to different roles,from masala entertainer Paglu 2 to Hemlock Society and now Doshhomi,the last two directed by more avant garde young directors,Koel said “from Meghna in Hemlock Society to Tuli in Doshomi,none of the characters are like me.”
“But when I portray a character like Meghna I am transformed into her and then as I return home there is no baggage. The trance is broken. In Doshhomi again I play a tomboyish character,which is so unlike me,but the changeover was not as much deep-rooted.” Giving credit to co-star Indraneil Sengupta for making her character look so vivacious,she said “it is better to say that I matched his steps and our on-screen chemistry stemmed from the bindas mood having prevailed in the set.”
Indraneil,whose character’s name is Uttam in the film,said going by the shooting experience he would now wish to visit the city during this Durga Puja particularly the shooting location in Baghbazar area,near where the oldest community puja of the city was being held.
“I did not know we were shooting near such a spot,which houses the oldest Durga puja of Kolkata. So far I had offered ‘anjali’ on Mahastami day in Mumbai. This time,I would love to be here,” he said.
Director Suman Maitra said the tracks of the film,especially the ones having the voices of all the actors,could make the city groove in the run up to the festivities.
“Doshhomi has pujo,pujo and only pujo as the backdrop,” Maitra,who had assisted Vishal Bharadwaj earlier and planned to make a film with Asutosh Rana in future,said.