Actress Rachita Chauhan (Bhattacharya) Talks about Bengali movies Chaplin, Rang Milanti, Uro Chithi and more: Interview


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[Actress Rachita Bhattacharya]Germantown, Maryland, Feb 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rachita Chauhan née Bhattacharya is a rapidly upcoming actress in Indian cinema and has recently appeared in Yogesh Mittal's Hindi film Yeh Faasley (2011) with Anupam Kher, Pawan Malhotra, Sudha Chandran, Seema Biswas and others. Among her widely anticipated Bengali films, Kamaleshwar Mukherjee's (interview) Uro Chithi, Kaushik Ganguly's (interview) Rang Milanti and Anindya Banerjee's Chaplin are awaiting release. Susmita Dasgupta caught up with Rachita in Kolkata in this informal chit-chat where Rachita talks about her background and films.

Chaplin bengali movie: Rudranil, Soham, Rachita
Chaplin Bengali movie: Rudranil, Soham, Rachita

Rachita's father is an officer with Indian Army and her mother is a teacher - and she has grown up in various places across India, thus giving her the opportunity of being equally fluent in Hindi, English and Bengali languages. She was born in Kolkata and went to Presidency College there, studying history and gaining valuable insight and understanding of films and the movie industry. The latter happened quite by chance as Rachita had an opportunity to visit a film unit while shooting was in progress for Arindam Nandy's debut feature film Via Darjeeling (2008), and the acclaimed cinematographer and film-maker Avik Mukhopadhyay (interview) - who Rachita considers one of her mentors - essentially showed her the tools and tricks of the trade. Subsequently Rachita moved to Mumbai and was assisting writer-director Pradip Sarkar, continuing her work behind the camera, when she was offered a role as an actress for Yeh Faasley.

After Yeh Faasley, Rachita moved back to Kolkata. It was a very exciting time to be in Kolkata, with smart new directors and actors doing excellent work bringing in new life into Bengali cinema. Uro Chithi, Rang Milanti, Chaplin and so on started happening next - and we look forward to watching Rachita deliver great performances in these and a great many more future Bengali films as the resurgance in Tollywood continues.

Sushmita Dasgupta

Susmita Dasgupta (interview) is the Chief Ideator of Smart Ideas, a leading Bangalore based marketing organization and the marketing head of Crafts for Sarees.

Rachita's picture at the top right of this post is courtesy of Amit Ashar.