Interview: Bengali Actress ARPITA MUKHERJEE On Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath & her films

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[Bengali Actress Arpita Mukherjee]Washington, DC, May 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananya Paul caught up with Bengali film actress Arpita Mukherjee in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India where Arpita is shooting for one of her upcoming films. We have previously watched Arpita in director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri's (interview) Rose Villa and Jeena The Endless Love (Buy Bengali Film DVD in USA) co-starring Soham, Abhishek Chatterjee and Indrani Haldar, and her latest film Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath also directed by Sanghamitra opened in theaters in Kolkata a few days ago marking the first film release commemorating Gurudev's 150th birth anniversary. Arpita has also appeared in Tollywood Bengali films like Mama-Bhagne, Haranath Chakraborty's Jor Jar Muluk Tar (DVD) and quite a few Odiya movies.

[Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Actress Arpita Mukherjee]Arpita's ongoing film projects at this time include a Bengali love-story directed by Dayal Acharya (of Lajja - The Shame (Bengali, 2010) fame) and a film in Odiya.

Arpita says her taking up acting as a profession is somewhat accidental. Like children growing up in many Bengali families, she took singing and dancing lessons early on. Being a graduate of a residential school, Arpita was an active participant of cultural programs in school including acting on stage, and her eclectic interests range from acting, singing, dancing to recitation and elocution. Later when she went to college, acting opportunities presented themselves and Arpita's tryst with a career in acting commenced.

Bidehir Khonje Rabindranath focuses on an unusual aspect of Rabindranath Tagore - a man who went through great personal losses (his wife, a daughter, a son, and a sister-in-law all passed away) and attempted to establish contact with his loved ones by performing planchette sessions. Along with Arpita Mukherjee, the film stars Abhishek Chatterjee, Souryadeep Ghosh (interview), Abhinandan Dutta, Indrani Chakrabarty, Sangeeta Sonali and Angshuman Gupta. The crew members are Sanghamitra Chaudhuri (Director), Bappa Das Gupta, Arijit Maitra, Siddhartha Dey, Debasish Choudhuri, Ujjwal Mukherjee, Mihir Sarkar, Rann Sarkar, Ashique Taha, Tathagata Sengupta, Sambhu Munshi and others.

Arpita talks about how Sanghamitra introduced the theme of the film to Arpita and how Arpita prepared for her role.

Do not miss Arpita's stories on a certain spine-tingling feeling she had while shooting for scenes involving attempts to establish supernatural contact. Arpita is a bit scared of spirits, and interestingly, she has appeared in two films now involving apparitions, experiences that Arpita shares with us in a very interesting way as well as how spooky films affect her.

Ananya Paul is a journalist and senior producer of a major television news channel in Calcutta.