May 7, 2010 (CalcuttaTube): Bengali film actress Arpita Chatterjee, wife of superstar Prosenjit, talks to Shrabanti Basu from CalcuttaTube about her upcoming movie Laboratory, directed by renowned film director Raja Sen. Chatterjee who has previously acted in films like Prem Shakti, Debdas, Deba, Inquilaab, Tumi Ele Tai is making her comeback in the Tollywood with cinematographer turned filmmaker Abhik Mukherjee‘s debut directorial venture Ekti Tarar Khonje (Stars Never Sleep). In Laboratory, based on Rabindranath Tagore’s story, Arpita shares screen with National Award winning Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon.
“I consider myself to be very lucky to work with an actress of the stature of Raveena Tandon. I was extremely nervous at the beginning since she is a superstar from Bollywood. I was also concerned about our on-screen chemistry which is very important actors to have when they share screen presence. Things turned out just fine and we became very good friends. I called her Rabbo. She has been extremely nice to work with. There is so much to learn from an actress like Raveena. That was a very enriching experience for me.
“Raveena is a very hard worker. She also had to learn Bengali, since the language was new to her. She put her heart and soul into the work, and I would say that at times she had to put even more efforts than we did just because of the language,” recalls Arpita.
“When I read Tagore’s Laboratory, I was thrilled by the story. It was so much ahead of time and extremely modern where women are seen in very important roles in the male dominated society. Raja da (Sen) told me that he wanted the acting to be modern too, as far the body language, carrying myself was concerned, even though it is a periodic film. The backdrops, the costumes however would refer to the period of the story. It is a kind of a contrast which is quite unique. We all worked very hard in the film and I needed a lot of preparation. Raja da and I discussed everything and I had to attend some workshops, too. It really helped. It was a very new experience for me and I am very much excited about the film,” says the actress.
Arpita has previously worked in mainstream Bengali cinema and also in movies that belong to distinct genres like Ashukh, Utsab by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh. “When I entered the film industry, I was always asked if I would continue to work in commercial films or shift to other genres. And when I am making my comeback I am still being asked the same question. I really do not believe in this kind distinction. Every film is mainstream for me, and I work in each single movie with the same dedication. “
We asked Arpita about how she manages to do everything since she is the wife of Prosenjit, the busiest actor and superstar of the Bengali film industry, a mother and also runs a production house. The actress answered, “Time management is nothing new to me as I was always working for our production house even though I had quit acting. I would rather say that when I am back into acting it is easier for me as I know my hours. When I was into production I had to work much longer hours. So I am used to take care of everything, both at home and at work.”
The actress happy to be back into acting again says, “When I was an actress before I have always been admired and appreciated by my audience and fans. They are the ones to finally judge all my works. I hope I get the same spontaneous love and respect from them.”
We also requested Arpita to tell us something about ‘person’ Arpita Chatterjee. “I really don’t know what to say. I find it very difficult to say anything about myself, ” replied the pretty actress.