Interview | Kharaj Mukherjee - Bengali Movie Actor (Le Chakka, Cha E Chuti, Patalghar), Singer, Songwriter, Music Composer
June 17, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) As you know, Kharaj Mukhopadhyay is an acclaimed actor whose roles in films like Patalghar (PATALGHAR DVD Release in USA/Canada ») and Cha E Chuti have been appreciated by Bengali movie lovers. He plays a lead role in the film LE CHAKA which is in theaters at this time. A couple of weeks after this audio interview was recorded, Kharaj Mukherjee was bestowed an award for the best comedy role in Cha E Chuti (2010, Bengali) at the Film Awards Bengali (FAB) 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Aniket Chattopadhyay's Cha E Chuti itself won an award for the Best Experimental Bengali Film at FAB 2010.
Starting with Hulusthul (1980), some other films that Kharaj Mukherjee appeared in are Bhalobashar Choan (2000) [Buy Bengali movie DVD online] with Prasenjit Chatterjee, Mouli Ganguly; Prem (2007) [DVD] with Rajatava Dutta, Shreya Pandey, Debasree Dey; Rabi Kinnagi's Bhalobasha Bhalobasha (2008) [DVD] with Hiran Chatterjee, Srabanti Malakar; Raj Mukherjee's Love Story (2008) [DVD] with Anshuman, Varsha; and Arjun Chakraborty's Tollylights (2008) [DVD] with Sreelekha Mitra, Abhishek Chatterjee, Samaresh Chakraborty, Komolika Banerjee, Haradan Bose, Gita Dey, Arjun Chakraborty and others.
Kharaj is also a popular singer and music director. He composed and directed an excellent Bengali Drama album featuring Pratik Chowdhury, Rupankar, Subhamita, Kharaj, Jojo, Haimanti Shukla and Srikanto Acharya titled Bhushundir Maathe which is available for MP3 download HERE.
Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata Correspondent, talks to Kharaj Mukherjee in an audio interview that you can listen to by pressing the Play button in the player above. Don't miss the little snippets of Kharaj's singing in the interview !
Subhomoy Mukherjee reports from Kolkata:
For being successful as an actor, you don’t have to be a body builder or a street smart person but you should have the knowledge and power to command the role given to you.
That’s why actors like Kharaj Mukherjee are always successful.
From his teenage, Kharaj has started professional acting under guidance of none other than Rama Prasad Banik at his theatre group. He was good in studies so got the opportunity to study in St. Xavier’s College. When he was there, once he sang Rabindrasangeet at a condolence. Some professor, who is a film director too, liked him and given him chance at the film “Hulusthul”.
Though he started his film career with “Hulusthul” in 1980s, he was already popular then as a theater person.
After college he joined Indian Railways. But it was becoming difficult for him day by day to balance between acting career and Railways career.
That time Indian Television has started to show more than one channel from early 1990s and soaps were being popularized from then.
In those days, everybody knew Kharaj as a versatile and genius artist for character roles and he was getting major roles in soaps as well.
Since his acting journey with film, soaps and theater was demanding more time, he decided to resign from Railways that time.
In the new century, Kharaj is getting popularity for his other talent, singing and he is gaining popularity from all segments of the society as a singer. He usually writes the lyrics and composes the music for his songs.
He has got many awards for acting as well as singing and nobody in the industry can think about a project without Kharaj as an actor or singer.
At the science fiction Patalghar, which is very popular among kids, Kharaj as the major character, has acted and sang very successfully.
His latest venture, Dev-Payel starrer “Le Chakka” produced by Srijan Arts and directed by Raj Chakraborty, is on screen right now.
He is currently working to animate the popular Mahalaya morning programme on AIR, Mahisasuramardini, with singing of same songs by present day eminent artists like Srikanta Acharya, Manomoy Bhattacharya, Indrani Sen, Lopamudra Mitro, Subhomita etc.
We wish him all the success to continue his journey as a actor, director, singer, lyricist and composer.