Interview: Tollywood Hero ABHIRAJ - Bangla Movie Jiyo Kaka, Ei Prithibi Tomar Amar, Ei To Jibon

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Aviraj - Abhiraj - Kolkata Bengali Movie HeroGermantown, MD, Nov 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) AVIRAJ (Jayajyoti Dasgupa) is a talented and upcoming Tollywood Bengali movie hero. Arijit Chakraborty of WBRi talks to Aviraj in this comprehensive but informal and intimate audio interview.

Jayajyoti (the name AVIRAJ came later on with the launch of his career in films) studied at the famous Rahara Ramkrishna Mission school and then studied Chemistry, graduating with Honors from Gurudas College in Calcutta. Jayajyoti grew up in an environment of arts and theater in his family and has been involved with theater groups from a young age.

Jayajyoti had the opportunity of working with the iconic drama troupe Nandikar around the same time he started pursuing undergratuate studies. Jayajyoti worked and studied acting as an apprentice at Nandikar for around four years, subsequently being absorbed as a full-fledged member, performing in Nandikar productions at home and abroad. He attributes his learning of the art of acting to his years in Nandikar.

After around six years with Nandikar, Jayajyoti auditioned for and made into the final top five candidates for a Hindi reality show on the popular Indian ZEE TV channel. Though ZEE TV recognized his performance as the best among the candidates, his somewhat lack of proficiency in the Hindi language caused ZEE to reluctantly let him go.

However, during this time, he caught the eye of some top Bengali television directors and producers, particularly T.Sarkar Productions, and was offered lead roles in popular Bangla TV shows.

Jayajyoti was offered the lead role in ZEE Bangla TV show "Ei Ghar Ei Songshar". There were many characters in the TV serial, and when Jayajyoti read the profile of the antagonist of the show, he found the role fascinating and requested he be given the negative role rather than the lead protagonist. He also proposed some special ways he wanted that character to be portrayed as.

Jayajyoti Dasgupta's request for playing the negative role in ZEE TV Bangla channel's Bengali Mega-serial EI GHAR EI SHONGSHAR was subsequently granted happily by the production team. The name of this character was AVIRAJ SINGH - and the name stuck!

The character ABHIRAJ was wildly popular across entire Bengal and very soon Jayajyoti took on the name of the character he played.

Theatrical Trailer: Ei Prithibi Tomar Amar (Bengali, 2009) - Abhiraj-Priyanka

Subsequently, heavyweight Bengali commercial cinema director Swapan Saha called Abhiraj into his office one day and told Aviraj that he was ready for debuting as the hero in mainstream Bengali commercial feature films and need not do small-screen roles in TV Serials any more. That too, Swapan Saha told him Aviraj would act opposite Tollywood actress Priyanka Sarkar, whose previous film (Priyanka's debut) "Chirodini Tumi Je Amar" [buy DVD online] co-starring Rahul, Tamal Ray Chowdhury, Gita Dey, Rudranil Ghosh and directed by Raj Chakraborty with music by Jeet Ganguly was a box-office superhit. The name of the film that Swapan Saha had in mind for Aviraj and Priyanka (Priyanka's 2nd movie and cinema debut of Abhiraj) was "Ei Prithibi Tomar Amar".

Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Ei Prithibi Tomar Amar Poster"Ei Prithibi Tomar Amar" (Buy Bengali Movie DVD) was shot during January to March of 2009 and released in June 2009. The film was a hit and Aviraj started to be well-known now as a Tollywood movie hero. Rudranil Ghosh also starred in Ei Prithibi Tomar Amar along with Abhiraj-Priyanka and Ashok Bhadra composed and directed the music of the movie.

The next film JIYO KAKA starring Abhiraj, Rahul, Saswata Chattopadhyay, Kaushik Ganguly, Rituparna Sengupta, Rudranil Ghosh and others is directed by acclaimed actor turned film-maker Parambrata Chattopadhyay and is awaiting release at the time of writing.

In the meanwhile, Abhiraj is shooting for the lead role in upcoming Bengali new film Ei To Jiban with Paoli Dam, newcomer Komal Gautam, Chinmoy Roy and others. Ei To Jiban is directed by Swapan Panja.