Germantown, Maryland, Jan 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Like
most people, actress Locket Chatterjee has very fond and nostalgic
memories of her childhood and young-adulthood. She studied at Sarada
Girls High School in Dakshineshwar and also took lessons in dancing from
the very young age of two. An accomplished dancer, Locket performed for
many years with the famous Mamata Shankar Dance Troupe. Circa 2000, an
opportunity came her way of acting in a television serial, which marks
the start of Locket's career as an actress. In the meanwhile, her love
of dancing still burns strong, and after a few years where she had been
too occupied with her acting career, she has now formed her own dance
troupe which is now performing at various events and venues across the
world. But, says Locket, she now sees herself as an actress first - and
most of her time and efforts are spent in acting projects.
Locket had seriously considered a profession in medicine but somehow
ended up being selected for an Engineering course in the ruthlessly
competitive "Joint Entrance" examination of Bengal. She did not really
want to pursue engineering, and opted for a course in Zoology while
continuing to perform with Mamata Shankar's troupe when suddenly she was
offered the role of a dancer in a telefilm. Locket took the offer up,
still not with any intention of taking acting up as her profession - but
after performing that role, she had no time to reconsider, as great
offers of roles in some of the most promising Bengali films started to
Aniket Chattopadhyay's Bye Bye Bangkok is the third film produced by Kaustuv Roy that Locket is appearing in (after Lal Ronger Duniya and Cha-E-Chuti [Buy Bengali Movie DVD in USA]).
Echoing the sense of a fun-filled film made with little planning and
driven by spontaneity, Locket describes how she was suddenly requested
to get on a plane to Bangkok and the way a fun-filled vacation
overlapped with shooting for the film so much so that it is surprising a
complete feature film did come out at the end !
Listen to Locket talking about her career in films, dance and academics on Washington Bangla Radio.