February 6, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Rudraneel Ghosh is an actor with a difference. He does not have the charismatic markers of a screen hero. He does not have any background of cinema within the family. He is dark, short, not good-looking in the popular sense and does not have a body women would drool over. So, what makes him tick? He is as much in demand as the top stars in the industry. Roles keep dropping on his lap. Let us hear him narrate his own story.
What is the secret of your success in an industry where looks and body beautiful are the two things that spell stardom?
My lifestyle lies in acting. Acting is my hero and I am loyal to it. I have learnt from experience that cinema is a wonderful weapon that can communicate with a mass audience. It does this through entertainment and also earns money in the process instead of spending it. With this approach to my career and my commitment, looks and body and lineage have been sidetracked if I am good at what I do – acting.
Let us hear about your experience of doing the complex role of Prabhat in Anjan Dutt’s Byomkesh Bakshi?
I read the original novel only once because I knew that even if the film is based on a literary classic, the director would have his own visualization as filmmaker. It was a very interesting character and one of the few thrillers I have done for the large screen. I had decided that I would not move away from the literary character. I was playing a character created many years ago. But the audience that would be watching him on screen belonged to the contemporary and the present. As an actor, it was my responsibility to build a bridge between these two points of time – the past and the present without making them jar.
How did you read the character of Prabhat other than what your director told you?
I read Prabhat’s character as one who was timid, grateful to his mentor for having given him shelter without knowing the truth at that point of time. And then, the simmering anger he seethed with when he learnt that the girl he loved was taken in as mistress by his mentor who was none other than his own father! What greater shock can a young man have? So he becomes revengeful in his own way but regrets his action later. I have heard that the scene in the end where I break down and cry slices of the audience also had tears in their eyes. This is what I mean by communicating with the audience.
[ReviewAZON asin=”B003IPHW9G” display=”inlinepost”]Does the footage of your character mean a lot to you?
No, it does not matter. It is the character that matters to me. A good player can score the winning goal within five minutes. Another player might never be able to make the winning strike in ten years. So the length does not matter at all. Besides, I am a professional actor. I do compromise on the price if I see the budget of the film demands expensive cinematography but that the film and my role in it is really good. But I do not look on it as a compromise. I look on it as an investment.
What films are you doing right now and are looking forward to?
Aniket Chatterjee’s Bye Bye Bangkok has just released. Shekhar Das’ Necklace in which I play a thief release next week. Parambrata Chatterjee’s Jiyo Kaka will release in two weeks.I have signed on for Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Anwarer Aschorjo Kahini in the title role, in his Hindi film Shey, Anindo Banerjee’s Charlie and Kamaleshwar Bhattacharya’s Udo Chithi. Each one is different, challenging and significant. That is one advantage of not having hero-like looks and screen magnetism.
Shoma A. Chatterji