Arijit Chowdhury on Bengali film ‘Phire Aasboi’, acting in television and theatre

Arijit Chowdhury
Arijit and the 'Aandhare Ekela' team

Dec 13, 2010 (CalcuttaTube): Arijit Chowdhury, a very common face on the Bengali television started his career with the TV show ‘Stopper’ and his first mega serial being ‘Mohini’, both aired on Doordarshan. Arijit debut film was ‘Nabarupa’ (1989) directed by Amal Ray Ghatak where he did a cameo. Since then he has appeared in a number of films like ‘Ami Je Ke Tomar’ by Prabir Nandi, ‘Rinmukti’ by Dinen Gupta, ‘Kalankini Badhu’ by Kalidas Mahalanabish, ‘Chor Bhagaban’ by Biplab Chatterjee, ‘Sudhu Tumi’ by Avijit Guha, Sudeshna Ray, ‘Prem’ by Tapan Banerjee.

The actor is acting in the Bengali play ‘Aandhare Ekela’ that will be staged at the LTG Auditorium, National School of Drama on Jan 10, 2011.

Arijit who completes 21 years of his acting career has also acted in telefilms like ‘Sandhan’ by Anindya Sarkar, ‘Noorbanu’ by Pranab Chowdhury that were telecast on E-TV, ‘Lajja’ by Manas Seth aired on Akash Bangla.

Arijit talks about his upcoming film ‘Phire Aasboi’ starring Parama Sarkar opposite to him. Read the exclusive interview at CalcuttaTube.

CalcuttaTube: Please tell us something about your upcoming movie ‘Phire Aasboi’.

Arijit Chowdhury: It is a total commercial movie and a story of revenge. It is a low budget film. The story takes place in the suburbs of Kolkata. The story is a very simple one, but original. It is not a remake of South Indian movie, like we see most of the time. The hero tries to save his family and takes revenge on the evil –doers.

Tapan Mukherjee is directing the film. This is his debut directorial venture. He is an actor turned director. Parama Sarkar is cast opposite to me in the film. This is her debut film as a heroine, though she has previously worked in a film and is associated with group theatre and TV serials.

CalcuttaTube: Who is the target audience of this film?

Arijit Chowdhury: The film is targeted towards the mass. So, it should draw enough audience both from rural and urban areas. Bengali films are getting full house in the city these days, which is an implication of changing situation. The urban people these days are watching ‘masala’ films.

‘Phire Aasboi’ has a somewhat serious storyline. The movie also has good music.

Even with the commercial sides present in the film, it conveys a social message. It is a family movie that you can watch with your family.

CalcuttaTube: Why did you choose the movie?

Arijit Chowdhury: First of all, I liked the story. The film is hero centric and I enjoyed working in the film. The film has action, dance sequences – all types of elements.

The film is all about Bengali sentiment. The hero in this film is an honest guy, responsible and caring towards his family. He has lost his father a tender age. His life gets into turmoil by this society and how he comes of this is what the story deals with.

CalcuttaTube: Did you have to take any extra preparations for the action scenes?

Arijit Chowdhury: Not really. I have acted in films before and have played heroes. So, working this film and in the action sequences was not a problem for me. I am used to these things and I enjoy them too. With my body fitness I have been able to do what my fight master wanted me to.

CalcuttaTube: You work in both television and cinema. How do you compare the two?

Arijit Chowdhury: Television is a very strong medium. Even though, it is sometimes referred to as the idiot box, that is not always so in reality. There are so many good actors who have emerged from the television. A lot of good movie actors even started from TV.

We see a lot of experimental as well as good and cerebral works on television. The film industry in a lot of cases would think before dealing with such subjects. So TV is something that we should not take lightly.

When we work for TV programs we do not get a lot expensive sets or abundant facilities due to a limited budget. But we concentrate totally on acting. TV serials are totally acting oriented. You have to be really good at your work. Else the viewers will not watch an entire episode, nor will they come back next time. It is quite difficult to be successful on small screen. However, an actor even if not quite good, can pass the test on big screen.

CalcuttaTube: A mega serial does not always keep track of the story. It lacks a proper beginning or an ending….

Arijit Chowdhury: A mega serial often gets too elongated because of business reasons. If you look at the business from a producer’s point of view, when a popular TV show is in air, you cannot just stop it. There is a lot of investment and therefore it is better for the show to go on. That sometimes drags a show. The story gets elaborated which sometimes remains in control and sometimes goes out of hand.

CalcuttaTube: So you have worked in films, television and theatre. Which one do you think suits you the best?

Arijit Chowdhury: My favorite is celluloid acting. That is where I debuted as an actor. I love to face the camera.

Aandhare Ekela’ is my first play as an actor. This has been possible for my friend and director Biplab Banerjee. He cast me in his play and suggested me to give it a try. He is my guide here.

CalcuttaTube: You act in so many different mediums. Does one intrude with another?

Arijit Chowdhury: I am confident that I can balance between all these mediums. Theatre is an actor’s medium and celluloid is a director’s medium. I think any good actor knows how to balance.

In celluloid, the duration of a shot is much smaller than a play. In theater it is a one shot acting that lasts for a few hours. So it requires more concentration and practice and this experience makes me more matured as an actor.

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