You may call him a ‘hero’ for helping the damsel in distress Vidya Bagchi in search of her missing husband. But ask Parambrata Chatterjee, and he simply laughs it off. “Kahaani already has two heroes, Vidya and Kolkata. I’m the film’s heroine,” he quips.
Sujoy Ghosh’s Rana aka Satyaki Sinha of Kahaani recalls the way he landed the role. “I was in Amsterdam with my girlfriend when I received a call from Mumbai. Before he could introduce himself as Sujoy Ghosh, he showered the choicest expletives on me asking me to return to India and start shooting for his film.
He had seen my work in Anjan Datta’s Bong Connection and felt I was right for the role. From Amsterdam, I was supposed to go to Paris and Rome with my girlfriend. Paris, I couldn’t wriggle out of (She’d have killed me and then left me).
But Rome, I cancelled and returned to India for Kahaani. That’s my kahaani,” says the young actor, admitting that he had to work hard on his Hindi for his first Bollywood project.
Establishing a rapport with his co-star Vidya Balan, who he shares almost every single frame with was easier. “It is a strange coincidence — Vidya and I did our first film together, Bhalo Theko. We hadn’t met since then.
But the minute we met on the sets of Kahaani, it was just like old times. Vidya is a big star but absolutely hassle-free. She takes her work extremely seriously. But when she is off camera, she is a bundle of fun. I found her attitude refreshing. It was definitely a change from some of the temperamental Bengali actresses I’ve worked with.”
Happy with his star status in Kolkata, Parambrata doesn’t crave for acceptance in Bollywood. Instead, he is currently concentrating on his next directorial venture. “I am all set to direct another film which would probably star the Bengali superstar Prosenjeet,” says Parambrata happily. But we surely would like to see more of the actor in Bollywood, won’t we?
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