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Tollywood Kolkata Bengali movie actor Prasenjit Chatterjee, affectionately called Bumba-da by his huge fan following, is one of the top stars of Bangla cinema for over a quarter of a century. Son of popular hero of yesterday, Biswajeet Chatterjee (buy Biswajit DVD Collection Online), Prosenjit started his career in film at the age of around four with Chotto Jigyasha directed by his dad. Prosenjit's sister Pallavi Chatterjee is also an acclaimed actress.
In this comprehensive, informal and intimate interview, Prosenjit Chatterjee talks to Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio about his career in films and Bengali cinema. Do not miss the words of one of the greatest Bengali movie personalities with unbeatable popularity.
Prasenjit Chatterjee lives in Kolkata with his wife, actress Arpita Pal Chatterjee and their son Trishanjit. Arpita has recently re-emerged in Bengali cinema after a gap of several years.
King of commercial / pop Bengali cinema for many years, Prosenjit has matured into a full-fledged character actor powerful enough for challenging roles in parallel and art-house films starting with Rituparno Ghosh's 2003 gem "Choker Bali" (Chokher Bali - A Passion Play Online DVD Release) where he appeared alongside Aishwarya Rai and Raima Sen. His fabulous performance as Kaushik in DOSAR (2007) [BUY DVD] co-starring Konkona Sen earned him a Silver Lotus National Award. He considers the role of Kaushik as the most challenging in his 300 or so films so far.
The 1983 film 'Duti Pata' (1983) saw Prosenjit Chatterjee debut as the hero. The film was a super-hit and launched Prosenjit into super-stardom in Bangla cinema. Other remarkable Prosenjit-starrers include AMAR SANGI (1987) [BUY DVD] with Vijayeta Pandit - the famous song "Chirodini Aami Je Tomar" still reverberates in Bengali hearts, Tarun Majumdar's Apon Amar Apon (1990), Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s 'Ami, Yaseen Aar Amaar Madhubala' (2007) and many more.
Prosenjit has acted against around 50 heroines and ex-wife and childhood friend Debashree Roy remains his favorite actress to work with. He has appeared with Satabdi Roy in the highest number of films, and has acted with other top Tollywood heroines like Rachana Banerjee (WBRi Interview), Rituparna Sengupta (Interview), Indrani Haldar and his wife Arpita Pal Chatterjee.
Subhomoy Mukherjee, the host of this interview, writes from Kolkata:
If I like to write on him, I may write so many but miss out the important aspects!!
How could I describe him? He entered Tollywood at very tender age with the film “Chotto Jigyasha”, then in his mid teen age he became the prince of Tollywood with teenage love story “Duti Pata” but now he is the king of Tollywood, not only for his acting but for his qualities as a human being also. He is none other than Prasenjit Chattopadhyay – our very own “Prasenjit” and lovable “Bumbada” to the entire Tollywood.
He is reining the Tollywood as hero around three decades and most of his films are mega hit. It’s a dream for every heroine of Tollywood to work with him!
From the very 1st day of his career, he has worked in every kind of films with almost all the directors.
Right now, he is counting days for release of “Moner Manush” by famous director Gautam Ghosh where Prasenjit portrayed the role of Baul Raja Lalon Fakir. He was hiding from all for around six months and spent the entire time with bauls to know and to characterize Baul God, Lalon. We are expecting a ever memorable performance from him.
He is planning to direct a film but he cannot find time as he is very busy with Artist Forum, an organization of Tollywood Artists and Technicians, to make everybody related to Bengali film as happy. He, as Bumbada or Bumba, always stands beside everybody as family member.
He is also trying to popular Bengali films around the Globe to every Bengali on this Globe. He is taking steps with others to shape up Bengali cinema as a true profit making established industry.
Presently he is busy with popular classy Television Daily, Ganer Opare, broadcast on Star Jalsa where he is producer along with his wife, actor Arpita and friend, director Rituparno Ghosh under the banner “Ideaz” – their own production house.
Ganer Opare is a different kind of mega soap to celebrate 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. Right now, it is one among the most popular television shows and gaining more popularity day by day with audience of every age, from every part of society. It is truly cultural in sense and enriched with script by Rituparno Ghosh and music by Debojyoti Mishra.
We wish all the success for Ganer Opare and Maner Manush and definitely for Prasenjit as actor, director and producer.