Amitabh Bhattacharjee talks about Risk, Remakes and Bengali Films
Amitabh Bhattacharjee is playing the character of a police officer in the forthcoming Bengali Movie Risk by Riingo Banerjee. Amitabh talks to CalcuttaTube about remakes in Bengali cinema, his current projects, his plans on Durga Puja and much more. Check out the interview with the naughty but brilliant Amitabh Bhattarjee exclusive at CalcuttaTube.
CalcuttaTube: Please tell us something about your forthcoming movie ‘Risk’ directed by Riingo.
Amitabh Bhattacharya: In Risk, I am playing the character of a police officer. I am acting against Rituparna Sengupta in the film. The story that happens all in one day. The concept is very unique. But, I prefer not to go in further detail, since the story would lose its charm. All I can say is that we have not had many movies like this before.
CalcuttaTube: How do you choose a role in a movie?
Amitabh Bhattacharya: I do not really get much choice. When someone approaches me with a movie, I listen to script first. Most of the time, I sign up unless there is some big problem with the script. I have not refused that many offers so far. I am not much picky. I believe that a film is mostly a director’s visualization. If the story is good, I always feel optimistic about the movie and go for it.
CalcuttaTube: Please share your views about your recently released movie ‘Amar Bhalolaga Amar Bhalobasa’. The movie has not been much praised by the critics.
Amitabh Bhattacharya: I feel ‘Amar Bhalolaga Amar Bhalobasa‘ has certain problems as far as the making of the film goes. The love story is a much-told one that we have heard before many a times. But the film lost its compactness at several places. That is the basic drawback of the film.
CalcuttaTube: What other movies are you working in right now?
Amitabh Bhattacharya: Right now I am going through the script of some movies. Some of my films are ready for release. They are all small budget, festival oriented films. I am not yet signed for any new films. They are all in negotiating stage.
CalcuttaTube: When is ‘Ami, Yasmin, O Amar Madhubaal’ going to release?
Amitabh Bhattacharya: I do not know the exact date yet. It depends on Buddabaded da (Dasguta). We are all eagerly waiting for the movie.
CalcuttaTube: With the Durga puja just round the corner, please tell us your plans for the puja.
Amitabh Bhattacharya: I do not have any plans yet, but most of the time I spend theDurja puja in Delhi, since I am born and brought up there. I have never seen Durga puja in Kolkata. If I get a few days off from work, I may spend the puja days in Kolkata.
CalcuttaTube: Your birthday is on August 15th. How different are your birthdays now than they were a few years back when you were not a movie star?
Amitabh Bhattacharya: I live a very private life. So definitely I do not have any birthday parties with lots of guests. Some of my very close friends wish me on my birthday and I may hang out with them. A birthday is special day to me in the sense that I was born on that day, but it is nothing overwhelming as such. It is almost like any other day. And I do not celebrate it much differently either from the way I used to before I came to the film industry.
CalcuttaTube: Please share your views about remakes and plagiarism, since they are of much concern these days and you see the whole thing from the inside of the film industry. How serious do you think they are?
Amitabh Bhattacharya: Remakes have been happening ever since the film industry was there. Stories and concepts have always been adapted. Indian films have often been inspired by Hollywood, Bengali movies remade from Hindi or other regional movies, and vice-versa. There are so many instances of remakes ever since the dawn of invention of the motion pictures. But the audience now has more access to movies and related information through television and other media as never before. So the approach towards remakes have changed over the time. Since people have suddenly become more aware of copies and remakes these days, it started generating so much hue and cry over the whole situation. This is even true for the music industry too. The western music has often influenced the eastern numbers. And it is bound to happen, since we cannot generate a new note outside the Sa-Re-Ga-Ma-Pa-Dha-Ni. If that were possible, one could come up with brand new numbers everyday. Since we are limited with our resources and inventions, our movements are limited. And moving within the limited scope of whatever form of art it is, things can resemble with one another. If that is termed plagiarism, I do not know any way to circumvent it.
CalcuttaTube: What do you do for physical fitness?
Amitabh Bhattacharya: I really do not do anything for physical fitness anymore. I just have a god-gifted structure. I am just the way I am and this is just my normal built. When I was younger, I was a sportsman and did yoga and gyms. That has probably contributed to my physique. But I really do not go to gyms anymore. I sometimes do a little bit of freehand exercises in the mornings, but nothing special as such. I am too lazy.
CalcuttaTube: What are your hobbies?
Amitabh Bhattacharya: I have recently developed a new hobby. I have started painting on the computer. I will start uploading them shortly.
Interview and write up by: Shrabanti Basu, CT Reporter, USA