Aug 3, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Bengali actor and theater personality Kanchan Mullick shares his experience working with Anjan Dutta, Bengali movies ‘Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona’ and ‘Bye Bye Bangkok‘, his inspirating in acting. Read the interview at Calcutta Tube.
Kanchan Mullick is extremely thin and therefore, slotted into comic roles. But his ordinary looks are deceptive because he is extremely talented and can handle a variety of roles very well, specially characters that do not demand drop-dead looks or a sexy body. After playing a biscuit salesman in Aniket Chatterjee’s Bye Bye Bangkok to draw round applause from all those who saw the film, his performance as Elvis in Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona is now being appreciated.
“ANJAN-DA CAN HANDLE ANY ACTOR” – KANCHAN MULLICK
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[ReviewAZON asin=”B0057XXJKI” display=”inlinepost”]What exactly is the character of Elvis you have essayed in the film?
He is a young man from Bongaon, a small town off Kolkata who came to Kolkata looking for work. Abani Sen’s wife gives him a job in the household. Abani gives him the nickname of Elvis, after Elvis Presley and the name sticks. Elvis however, is not a servant. He is almost a friend and well-wisher of the ill-mannered and rude Abani Sen. He scolds Abani Sen to his face and hates when evening sets in and the older man asks for his daily quota of drink. He also consoles Sen in his dark moments and weeps silently when the man suffers a heart attack.
How did you find Anjan Dutt as a director?
He can handle any actor from George Clooney to Victor Banerjee to Kanchan Mullick. He pampers his actors as a strategy to draw the best out of them. I have already worked in Bow Barracks Forever and in two telefilms earlier on. One thing he told me is – ‘remember, you are not Abani Sen’s servant so do not behave like one.’
Looking back, how do you as the actor who portrayed the character, read Elvis?
Elvis, though he has been with Abani Sen for years, has not picked up any of the vices his master has such as drinking, smoking and womanizing. In fact, he is annoyed with Ranjana for having come to their house because he knows Abani’s intentions of having welcomed her. He takes in a stinging slap from his master and threatens to walk out of the house but does not. I read the character as Abani Sen’s alter-ego, or, his conscience if you wish to put it that way.
How did you like your role in Bye Bye Bangkok?
The strongest point I found in Bye Bye Bangkok was the script. I loved it very much and I almost totally identified with the character I play. I play a biscuit salesman in the film and having been a salesman in real life at one time, I understood the meaning of the word ‘target’ very well and what it can do to make or break a salesman. The man I play is not very successful but he is honest. In fact, his is the only character to goes to Bangkok to repay his wife’s loan and not to have a good time with the girls there.
What other films are you working on right now?
I have just finished Neel Mukherjee’s Shotti Holeo Golpo. I play one of the three young men in the film who have different dreams of their own. I play a man who wants to be a good politician who will work for the betterment of the nation. Another film is in Raja Chanda’s Le Halwa Le starring Mithun Chakraborty. I play a very good-natured, simple man who gets beaten by everyone for no reason at all. Then one day, he begins to hit back.
Who are your icons in cinema?
Charlie Chaplin heads the list followed by Dustin Hoffman. I also admire Clint Eastwood as a style icon. Among Indian actors, I love Naseeruddin Shah.
-Shoma A. Chatterji