Interview: Danseuse-Actress Locket Chatterjee talks about FIGHTER, Bye Bye Bangkok, Necklace, Street Light & her career in film


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[img:Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Actress LOCKET CHATTERJEE]Germantown, Maryland, Jan 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Dancer and Tollywood Bengali film actress Locket Chatterjee chats with Arijit Chakraborty in this exclusive and informal audio interview. Like most people, Locket 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.

Interestingly, 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 pour in.

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 !

In an indication of the recent resurrection of Bengali cinema, Locket feels that 2011 is going to be her most exciting year yet. Locket worked non-stop all through 2010 with hardly any vacation, and in 2011 six feature films of hers are releasing, starting with the January 14, 2011 opening of Rabi Kinnagi's FIGHTER co-starring Jeet, Srabanti and Ferdous. Bye Bye Bangkok releases on January 28. Sekhar Das's NECKLACE is opening on Feb 4. Animesh Roy's urban flick STREET LIGHT releases on Feb 18 in which Locket's co-stars are Nibedita Chatterjee, Abhishek Chatterjee and Arjun Chakraborty.

Some of the Tollywood Bengali films starring Locket Chatterjee are as follows, along with the director and co-stars. All the following movies are available on DVD in USA and Canada (and worldwide) - click here to order Bengali movie DVD online.

Agni  (2004) - Swapan Saha; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rachana Banerjee
Badsha  (2004) - Shankar Ray; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Koel Mullick
Bandhan  (2004) - Rabi Kinagi; Cast: Jeet, Koel Mullick
Bhalobasa Bhalobasa  (2008) - Rabi Kinagi; Cast: Hiran Chatterjee, Srabanti Malakar
Chander Bari  (2007) - Tarun Majumdar; Cast: Rituparna Sengupta, Soumitra Chatterjee
Chawa Pawa  (2009) - Swapan Saha; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rachana Banerjee
Cha E Chhuti  (2009) - Aniket Chatterjee; Cast: Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, Kunal Mitra
Criminal  (2005) - Shankar Ray; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rachana Banerjee
Devi  (2005) - Swapan Saha; Cast: Jishu Sengupta, Debashree Roy
Ektu Choan  (2002) - Dayal Achrya; Cast: Jishu Sengupta, Dipankar Dey
Greftaar  (2007) - Swapan Saha; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee
Guru  (2003) - Swapan Saha; Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Tapas Pal
Iti Mrinalini  (2010) - Aparna Sen; Cast: Aparna Sen, Konkona Sen
Kartavya  (2003) - Swapan Saha; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rachana Banerjee
Khal Nayak  (2006) - Ratan Adhikari; Cast: Anubhav Mohanty, Rachana Banerjee
Mantra  (2005) - Raviranjan Maitra; Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy
Minister Fatakesto  (2007) - Swapan Saha; Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Koel Mullick
Pariwar  (2004) - Anup Sengupta; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Rachana Banerjee
Protisodh  (2004) - Anup Sengupta; Cast: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Tapas Pal