Mumtaz Sorcar is comparatively new to cinema. But the few roles she has done till now, are layered and different. Her debut was in the celluloid version of Rabindranath Tagore’s Musalmanir Golpo which gave her a very meaty and unusual role. But it was a very badly made film and sank without a trace. She redeemed herself in Birsa Dasgupta’s 033 released after the former and her career began. She plays a sprightly, sporting and fun-loving Koel, a ‘contemporary’ ghost in Anik Dutta’s Bhooter Bhabishyat and talks about her role and the film. Interestingly, Bhooter Bhabishyat has already been acquired by Databazaar Media for streaming, DVD rights, telecasting, distributing and screening in North America and Canada where it is sure to be a rocking success.
Do you believe in ghosts?
No, not really. But I do believe that there is something super natural out there, something science has yet to discover.
What made you agree to act in a film that has an ensemble cast with no lengthy role for anyone?
I fell in love with the story. I was sure it was a winner in every sense. I definitely wanted to be a part of the scenario. I knew that there were no lengthy roles for anyone here; but, it promised to throw a challenge at the actor/actress to prove his/her skill and capability.That gave me that extra push to say ‘yes’ to the project.
How did you approach the character of Koel?
Koel is a fresh, peppy, young girl. The story revolves around eight ghosts each coming from a different time frame and each has a different mindset. I had to see that Koel did not get lost among the crowd of eight and infuse herself with a flavour distinct unto herself and distanced from the rest.
How was the interaction with Anik Dutta, the new director?
Funny that you use the word ‘new’ but even Birsa was a new director when he did 033. Subrata Sen whose film I have just finished is staging a sort of comeback after a considerable gap. Talking of Anikda, he is a perfectionist. Thus everything had to be perfect and just the way he wanted them to be. It was an absolute delight to work with Anikda. Not only is he talented and full of crazy, cool, but great ideas, but he is also a very intelligent, well-read man. He has all qualities of a good director and above all a good human being. I am glad that I got an opportunity to work with him.
For the first time I guess, you have acted with stalwarts like Paran Bandopadhyay. What did you take back with you from the film?
It was a treat working with Paran-da. He is such a funny man. He would keep on making me laugh and tell me funny and interesting stories while I would show him a few magic tricks. It was fun and an educative experience for me.
What other films are you doing right now?
I have been trying a lot of experimental work. I am trying to experiment with different characters and scripts. Next in line I have Koyekti Meyer Golpo by Subrata Sen, Atmogopan by Somnath Sen, Jole Jongole/Gehera Paani a bilingual film by Nitish Roy. I start shooting for Anjan Das’s Shunner Majhe next month. There is also an untitled venture by Purnendu Dan.
How choosy are you about your roles?
I look out for scripts that have the scope for me to act and not be used as a prop. I am open to commercial as well as parallel cinema as long as it has some meaning and value and is not utter nonsense.