Interview: Actress Tanusree Chakraborty On Bengali Films Uro Chithi, Bhalobasha Off Route E, Bedroom & her Tollywood Experience

By Supratim Sanyal
Hosted By: Esha Basu Roy


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Tollywood Actress Tanushree ChakrabortyWashington, DC, Aug 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) A regular Kolkata girl, Bengali actress Tanushree Chakraborty studied at Kamala Girls' High on Southern Avenue and subsequently graduated with a Bachelor's degree with Honors in Political Science from Basanti Devi College in Gariahat. Her entry into modelling was coincidental ("kaktaliyo") - after numerous appearances in advertisements in Kolkata and Mumbai and a number of appearances in TV shows, she started to pursue her true inner calling of acting. She is appearing in one of the lead roles in Bengali feature film "UROCHITHI" which opens in theaters in West Bengal today. Next up for release are her films "BHALOBASHA OFF ROUTE E" and BEDROOM.

Esha Basu Roy caught up with the talented actress in this audio interview to chat about her background, career, personal and professional goals and, of course, her films.

After successfully working as a model for a short while, Tanushree transitioned into a career in acting with a multi-month assignment in a TV serial directed by Jishu Dasgupta who also coached her on a lot of the intricacies of the art of acting. She subsequently moved over to the Tollywood film industry.

Tollywood Actress Tanushree ChakrabortyTanushree steps into the shoes of "Lilette" in Uro Chithi directed by Kamaleshwar Mukherjee (interview). Lilette, a Christian girl, suffers from depression - one of the reasons being her parents are separated (watch the film to find out the other reasons). Writer-director Kamaleshwar Mukherjee has portrayed the male lead character of Aniket, played by Indraneil Sengupta (interview) as passing through various phases as he deletes SMS text messages from his cell phone. In one of these phases, Lilette becomes the "other woman" who brings in a whiff of freshness in the otherwise mundane corporate and family life of married-with-children Aniket. Crisis strikes Lilette's and Aniket's life, not necessarily caused by their relationship. What happens after to Lilette and how Aniket's life changes is to be seen in the film.

Uro Chiti also stars Anjan Dutta (interview), Rachita Chauhan (Bhattacharya) (interview), Locket Chatterjee (interview), Sreelekha Mitra (interview), Bishwanath Basu, Rajatava Dutta, Rudranil Ghosh (interview), Reshmi Ghosh (interview), Sudipta Chakraborty, Biswajit, Debapratim, Sashwata, Kaushik and others. Music is by Debojyoti Mishra (interview) and the film songs are performed by Shreya Ghoshal, Monali Thakur, Rupam Islam, Shilpa Rao and Aninda Chatterjee.

After Urochithi, Tanusree is appearing in Arunabha Khasnobis' forthcoming flick "BHALOBASHA OFF ROUTE-E" co-starring Rahul, Saswata Chatterjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Kanchan Mallik, Abhiraj (interview), Kharaj Mukherjee (interview), Parijat (interview), Padmanava Dasgupta, Partha Sarathi Deb etc. The film is expected to have a release date around Durga Puja. Tanushree portrays Ragini - a smart girl from rural Bengal who is caring in nature but challenges conventional social norms. The actress takes on the look of a quintessential village girl of Bengal in this film.

After Bhalobasha Off Route E, Tanusree's next movie expected to release later this year is Mainak Bhaumik's BEDROOM with Abir Chatterjee (interview), Paoli Dam, Parno Mitra (interview), Rahul, Rudranil Ghosh, Anubrata, Ushasie and others. In BEDROOM, Tanushree plays Tanisha, a girl who is nothing like Ragini! Tanushree believes that the look she has taken on to play Tanisha has not been tried before on any Indian actress before - she talks about a lot of experimentation done with her hair and looks for this role. Tanisha is a self-destructive girl - a strange woman addicted to cigerretes and narcotics who sells sex for money, a character that actually drove Tanushree to read up on the minds of such women to play her role better. Tanushree says BEDROOM is a woman-centric film, and features an unheard-of extent of experimentation with the type of woman portrayed, who is also the female protagonist.

Tollywood Actress Tanushree ChakrabortyAsked what qualities she would look for in her real-life partner, Tanushree says he should be a great friend whom she can talk with openly with no reservations all her life as she grows old.

With three major film releases already in the immediate pipeline, film-lovers are surely going to have a great time watching Tanusree Chakraborty in many more films over the coming years.


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