Swastika on Bengali Films Bhooter Bhabishyat, Tabe Tai Hok, Maach Mishti and More, Nandini, Aatta Ater Bongaon Local (Interview)

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By Shoma A. Chatterji

Swastika MukherjeeCalcutta, September 23, 2011 (Databazaar Media Ventures) Swastika Mukherjee began her career when she was very young. But her film career did not take off at the time so she concentrated on telefilms, working in some really good and memorable ones. But big screen ventures remained confined to small budget films or films that were not marketed properly. She is very optimistic about her role in Anik Dutta’s Bhooter Bhabishyat. This film has already been acquired by Databazaar Media Ventures for distribution, streaming, telecasting and so on in North America and Canada.

What role are you playing in Bhooter Bhabishyat?

Bhooter Bhabishyat is a delightful, tongue-in-cheek film about ghosts of different kinds who gather in a haunted house. I am a ghost and it is my house in which the ghosts gather to live together. My character, when alive, was a famous film star from the Black-and-White era. But the character did not want to act in films or become a star. She wanted to get married but her father forced her to get into films. So, she commits suicide and her ghost keeps haunting the house she lived in. Samadarshi is one of the ghosts I am expected to be involved with.

Other than being a ghost, what other elements are there in the character?

The interest lies in her interactions with the other ghosts who come to seek shelter in this ancestral house. Each one who seeks shelter has to go through an interview. Paran Bandopadhyay is the ghost in charge of the interviews. I do not need the interview because it is my house. It is a comedy inspired by the lack of space in urban metros where finding a home is becoming a challenge very difficult to meet.

Which was your first feature film?

I had a small cameo in Urmi Bhattacharya’s debut film Hemanter Pakhi as the girlfriend of the protagonist’s son. The film won a National Award but did not bring me any roles. For television, my most important break came with Devdasi in which I played the title role. Some of them are memorable, many are not. But it was a good learning experience for me to grow as an actress.

Which important roles in released films would you like to mention?

My first film was in 2003 so I still have a long way to go. Among the ones I like to mention are - Birsa Dasgupta’s 033, Raja Sen’s Krishnakanter Will, Aniket Chatterjee’s Bye Bye Bangkok, Anjan Dutt’s Bomkesh Bakshi in which I play a nightclub singer, a character that was not there in the original novel taken over by Databazaar Media Ventures for North American and Canada distribution. I also acted in one part in the ten part Mumbai Cutting in Hindi.

Let us hear about your under-production films awaiting release.

I am doing a very complex role with psychological overtones in Subrata Ray Burman’s Tabe Tai Hoke. My husband, a psychiatrist, is the heir of an aristocratic family. I am a city-bred girl who finds it difficult to cope with a complete cultural change in her lifestyle. Samadarshi plays an eccentric painter who comes to stay with us and I have an affair with him. Then there is Maach Mishti and More directed by Mainak Bhowmick which has an ensemble casting. I am also in Subrata Sen’s Nondinee adapted from his telefilms Shirin-ra. Then there is Aatta Aater Bongaon Local. And of course, there is Bhooter Bhabishyat.


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