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Slow & steady

National Award winning actress Ananya Chatterjee talks about her decade-long career and her next release Jodi Love Dile Na Prane

Mumbai |
March 14, 2014 1:00:30 am
Ananya Chatterjee Ananya Chatterjee

By Shoma A. Chatterji

In your decade long career, the repertoire of films have been limited. Why?

I guess I am very selective because in the beginning of my career, I had made some wrong choices. Today, I am happy with whatever little I do and am not in a hurry to be a part of any race. I am taking things easy as I know things will fall in place.

You have worked with some of the best directors in the industry like Suman Ghosh in Dwando, Rituparno Ghosh in Abohomaan, Buddhadeb Dasgupta in a cameo in Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa, Kamaleshwar Mukherjee’s Meghe Dhaka Tara and now Sudesha Roy-Abhijit Guha’s Jodi Love Dile Na Prane. How has the journey been?

It has been an unimaginably enriching experience. Rituda’s direction won me my National Award. He once told me that acting was like a sharp-edged sword. ‘Keep it within the safety of its sheath. Take it out only when you need to.’ Each director belongs to a different school and an actor gains from this diversity. Sudeshnadi and Abhijitda have a light-hearted approach towards film-making and working with them is fun because they do not carry any baggage with them. Suman Ghosh is very passionate about his work and transfers this passion to his artists. A genius that he is, Kamaleshwar is extremely organised. He never tells you what to do, instead, he tells what the scene demands.
Working with Buddhada is a very democratic experience because he respects everyone on the sets and there is no hierarchy. So it is very comfortable while working with him.

How would you classify yourself as an actress?

I have never been to any film school. I am a combination of a spontaneous actor and a director’s actor. I need not be told specifically what to do. But the entire process of acting is adjusting to the director’s vision, to the situation, to your character, your co-actors and to the ambience. It is an on-going process.

What is your role in Jodi Love Dile Na Prane?

I play Paromita who is obsessed more with the concept of love than with actually loving the man she is obsessed with. The story is based on the philosophy that love exists and is not dead. Paromita feels she is obsessed with her past love, Anik even when she is married to Salil. It takes her 20 years to realise what love is all about.

What kind of homework do you do for a film?

It depends on many factors like the film, the director, the character you are portraying, etc. I believe in reading the script umpteen number of times so that I can internalise the character deeply enough to be able to face the camera confidently. At times, it means ‘becoming’ the character one is playing. When I portrayed Paromita, I faced the camera as Paromita and reciprocating as Paromita and not as Ananya Chatterjee.

Of your films, which has been your favourite till date?

I love my work in films like Abohomaan, Dwando, Angshumaner Chhobi, Meghe Dhaka Tara and Jodi Love Dile Na Prane.


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After starting operations in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Carnival Cinemas opened its first, a four-screen multiplex at Rockline Mall, Jalahalli Cross in Bangalore. Earlier, it was at Angamaly in Kerala and Dindigul in Tamil Nadu that a state-of-the-art multiplex was introduced.
The Bangalore outlet was inaugurated by superstar Sudeep along with producer-actor Rockline Venkatesh. This ultramodern four screen multiplex has a seating capacity of 927. It also incorporates the best in cinema technology such as 2K and 4K Digital projection, 7.1 Dolby surround sound, 3D enabled silver screens and a combination of JBL 3-way and 4-way speakers.


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