BOMKESH BAKSHI Interview | Abir Chatterjee - Bengali Movie Actor - Prem By Chance, Cross Connection, Robibar Bikelbela
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Tollywood Kolkata Bengali movie and Television actor Abir Chattopadhyay talks to Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio in this comprehensive and intimate interview.
Abir Chattopadhyay is a contemporary young smart and intelligent actor who has already made a place for himself in the Bengali Movie and Television worlds in Kolkata. Abir played the critically acclaimed role of Vicky in CROSS CONNECTION (2009) (Buy DVD Online) directed by the popular duo Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy co-starring Ritwick Chakraborty, Payal Sarkar, Rimjhim Mitra, Biswajit Chakraborty and Sasawata Chatterjee. Abir is also the lead actor in Sudeshna Roy and Abhijit Guha's film PREM BY CHANCE where Abir's co-star is Ranjit Mullick's daughter KOEL MULLICK. In a welcome development, Abir is also going to play the role of Satyanweshi Byomkesh Bakshi in a trilogy directed by ANJAN DUTTA starting off with ADIM RIPU followed by Chitrachor.
PREM BY CHANCE (Bengali, 2010) is expected have a release date in the first two weeks of September, 2010. Listen to Abir Chatterjee talk about his character Rajeev (Raju) - whose brutal honesty and straight talk lands him into trouble so that he is on the run when he comes across Koel Mullick's character. The film has been shot across many places in Kolkata and Murshidabad, with songs shot in Kerala and Trivandrum. Abir describes his experience in driving a tractor for a scene involving a tractor race in Murshidabad in the tremendous heat on a historic battlefield !
In the world of Bengali TV Shows, Abir plays a lead role in the Bengali popular tele-serial SOMOY on Rupashi Bangla Kolkata TV Channel. In SHOMOY, Abir's co-stars are Indrani Haldar, Parno Mitra and Dhritiman Chatterjee. SOMOY is a modern take of the Indian mythological classic The Mahabharata. You can watch live Indian Hindi and Kolkata Bengali TV Shows online via Washington Bangla Radio's Affiliate Service - click here for more information.
Contrary to popular belief, CROSS CONNECTION is not Abir Chatterjee's debut feature film. Abir was part of the cast of the 2004 Bengali film Robibar Bikelbela (BUY DVD online) by Indian-American film maker Amit Dutta, co-starring Sudipta Chakraborty, Bhaswar Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, Mou Bhattacharya, Rumki Chatterjee, Gita Dey, Arun Mukherjee and others, with Bengali film songs performed by Sabina Yasmin, Kumar Sanu, Shibaji Chatterjee, Shakti Thakur, Kanu Bhattacharya, Swapan Basu and Sumanta Mukherjee. The film is set in post-Naxalite movement Bengal and tries to portray the human cost of the violent movement.
Abir comes from a family of acclaimed personalities in the performing arts and is the third generation of actors. He used to participate regularly in co-curricular activities in school, including stage plays and drama - and Abir now realizes his early involvement in such performances has really helped him shine as a powerful stage drama and film actor later in his life. His grandparents Arun Dasgupta and Renu Dasgupta were famous actors of their time, his grandmother actually having participated in radio drama on All India Radio in those very early days of Indian radio. Abir remembers watching his grandparents rehearsing and actually having to fill in a child-actor's role with no warning one time when the regular actor fell ill. Abir's parents Falguni Chatterjee and Rumki Chatterjee and his uncle Partha Chatterjee are founding members of the critically acclaimed Bengali theater group LOKKRISHTI - whose recent production LABORATORY - a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary - is remembered by all Bengali group theater lovers.