April 6 (Calcutta Tube: Actor Indraneil Sengupta talks about his upcoming Bengali movie Jodi Ekdin directed by Riingo. Priyanka Sankar plays the female lead in the film. Read the interview exclusive at CalcuttaTube.
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CalcuttaTube: Please tell us something about the film ‘Jodi Ekdin’.
Indraneil Sengupta: It is a beautiful love story that centers around a couple who have some ups and down in their relationship.In the middle of the story the guy comes to the realize that he needs to be more kind to his woman, love her more to make everyday the best day of her life. The man needed to change the way he was carrying on with his life and profession. This is the basic story. But the movie has great emotional moments, a very nice ending with a twist. That makes it a bit different from regular love stories. I have enjoyed working in the film.
CalcuttaTube: Databazar Media Ventures is releasing ‘Jodi Ekdin’ simultaneously in North America. How do you feel about it?
Indraneil Sengupta: Jodi Ekdin has a very contemporary subject. So, the urban audience from India and people living abroad will be able to relate to the story. It is a good thing that the market for Bengali films is opening up and people all over the world now have better access to Bengali films. Not all Bengali movies get to release on DVDs everywhere. With simultaneous release, people will get to watch good films. It is a great move.
Secondly, it is not just about Bengali films. I think all movies should release internationally. There are so many good films made in the India cinema and people should have the right and access to watch them.
CalcuttaTube: You won the Face of the Year Anandalok award 2010 for Atanu Ghosh’s Angshumaner Chhobi. Please say something about it.
Indraneil Sengupta: It is my only Bengali film released so far and I won the award for it. It definitely is a very rewarding feeling. The beginning of my journey has been very eventful. I could not have asked for anything better. My work has been appreciated and recognized. Now let us see how things go on with time. Next I would like to win some best actor award in some film, I do not know what.
CalcuttaTube: How different is it working with director Riingo than with filmmakers Buddhadeb Dasgupta (Janala), Atanu Ghosh (Angshumaner Chhobi)?
Indraneil Sengupta: When I worked with filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta, I had gone for the name. Director Atanu Ghosh was an unknown entity for me, since I do not live in Kolkata. But everyone told me that Atanu is a sensible filmmaker and his telefilms have won so many awards. I liked the script of ‘Angshumaner Chhobi’ and the role, so I went for the film.
For Riingo’s movie ‘Jodi Ekdin’, I fell for the story, since at that time I did not know who Riingo was. The story was so good and strong that I thought any filmmaker with a little bit of sensibilities would make a very good film out of it. This time I went for the script again. I do not really believe about a filmmaker being good or bad. I think a good script can be made into a good film, if handled sensibly. Riingo is technically very strong. And with a story that good, story telling cannot go wrong. So, I felt that ‘Jodi Ekdin’ would be a good film to work in.
People are already talking about the trailer. I hope the film is liked by all, as well. Film making is the most uncertain business in the world. One cannot say what is going to work and what is not. But my experience working in the film has been very enriching and I loved being a part it.
CalcuttaTube: Please share your experience working with Priyanka in ‘Jodi Ekdin’.
Indraneil Sengupta: Working with Priyanka has been really great. She is one of the very young actresses who is very talented actress and extremely natural. Sometimes we see people who have studied acting and are technically sound, while others can bring out the emotions naturally. Priyanka belongs the second category. It was a lot of fun working with her. She is very good at intense scenes.
CalcuttaTube: What other films are working in?
Indraneil Sengupta: I have worked in ‘Aar Ekti Premer Golpo’ (‘Just Another Love Story’) which has just been premiered in the Berlin Indian panorama. The film is bilingual that has dialogues both in English and Bengali. It is a love story between two men where filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh plays my love interest. The film is directed by Kaushik Ganguly. I do not know when the film is going to release in India.
I have also worked in the film ‘Autograph’ which is directed by debutante director Shreejit Mukherjee that also stars Prasenjit, Nandana Sen. The shooting for the film is complete and is in the editing stage. The dubbing is yet to be done.
Interview by: Ankan Basu; Write up: Shrabanti Basu.