Exclusive Interview | Film Maker Suman Mukhopadhyay (Chaturanga) on actor Subrata Dutta (Achin Pakhi, Rakta Charitra) - Video

Bengali Movie Director Shuman Mukhopadhyay (Chaturanga)Mar 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed film-maker Suman Mukhopadhyay cast powerful character actor Subrata Dutta in a lead role in the critically acclaimed and successful film Chaturanga (2008). In this close, personal and informal video interview, Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio talks to director Suman Mukhopadhyay. Suman Mukherjee talks about Subrata Dutta's role and contribution to the film.

People usually say that persons from small townships of Bengal cannot achieve the desired level, only Calcuttans deserve this. But it is not true always. If somebody is prodigy, he has the zeal, he has the dream, he has the courage, he should hit the Bull’s eye. We can take the example of Subrata Dutt, who born and brought up at Bankura, a small city in West Bengal bit far from Kolkata but right now a promising hero of Indian cinema. He was a student of Zoology at Bankura.

Before completing his 10th standard examination, he never considered even watching films seriously. After seconary school, he started watching films - all sorts of movies. From this time, he casually started to work as a prompter with Jatra troupes – a traditional theatre format. But even then he did not have any idea regarding theater or film nor about acting as a career seriously at that time. After completing Senior school, he has started thinking of acting instead of a prompter but not at a professional level. Subrat Dutt, as he is known in Bollywood, always thought of landing a good job, better to say a stereotypical career like most Bengali middle Class guys.

So after graduation, he enrolled in a MBA course in Kolkata. But at the same time, he started to consider acting as a career. That time, in 1991, he learnt about a workshop by the prestigious National School of Drama at Behrampore, West Bengal. That time he was not aware about the import and fame of the NSD but he was attracted by the names of workshop coordinators, none other than Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. He applied at, and to his surprise, got selected for the Workshop.

That was the turning point in his life - the workshop paved his path for a full time course in NSD which helped the actor to groom himself to achieve the best. When he was in NSD, due to his superb skills, he performed lead roles for almost all the productions.

Then he came to know of a scholarship offered by the British council, he applied and got the chance to be trained in London.

In those days, he came in the touch with Manoj Bajpayee, another NSD graduate, and completed then Super-Hit Hindi film “Satya” by Ram Gopal Verma [buy dvd online] with J.D. Chakravarthi, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Bajpai, Saurabh Shukla, and started to think of fulfillment of his dream by entering Bollywood.

NSD helped him groom as a complete actor. He is also very gifted and he knows to differentiate his acting skills for different media (film and stage). That’s why he never faces any problem to act both in theater and cinema simultaneously and also successfully. Subrata Dutta is very versatile and ready to take challenges - so he is comfortable to act both as hero and villain and both in parallel art-house and commercial movies. He does not have any problem to adjust his time between Tollywood and Bollywood though he started his journey to Tollywood later. He is well known in both the sectors and successful wherever he acts.

Heroines from all ages and from established to new comers are working with him and he is equally flexible and comfortable with all of them.

We can describe him as “made for films based on writings by Rabindranath Tagore” as he already worked in three movies in different languages based on stories by Tagore. Subrata Dutta has accepted the challenge to act in the role of Villain Sandip in the adaptation of Tagore’s Ghare Baire (DVD), once played by living legend Soumitro Chatterjeev directed by another legend Late Satyajit Ray.

According to Subrata Dutta, he does not have any problem to do bold scenes in front of camera if the script demands so, and to do films based on controversial novels if they are enriched literally. That’s why he played the lead role in the film “Bibar” aka Calcutta Unabashed (Bengali Movie DVD Release Online) with Tannishtha Chatterjee, based on the novel of the same title by Late Samaresh Bose which raised controversy in the sixties.

Currently Subrata Dutta is the hero in films by two great directors, Anjan Das in Bengali (film: Achin Pakhi) and Ram Gopal Verma in Hindi (film: Rakta Charitra).

He has already been honored with two international awards. Washington Bangla Radio wishes him all success in future.

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