Actor Indraneil Sengupta has played myriad roles in both Bollywood and Tollywood films with gusto. His character of Rudra in the upcoming Bengali film Arundhati will bring him in a different light altogether. His look is a far cry from the suave, handsome, well educated characters that he has been portraying so well in his previous films. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent Priyanka Dutta engaged the actor in a candid chat about the new look and his expectations from this film.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– You play the role of Kalrudra in the New Bengali Movie Arundhati. Can you tell us something about the character?
Indraneil Sengupta– Kalrudra is an out and out negative character. I have never played such a character in my life before. He is a womanizer and he rapes and kills women who do not submit to his wishes.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– First Honey Alkadi in Mishawr Rohosyo and now Kalrudra. You seem to enjoy doing negative characters…..
Indraneil Sengupta– Actually as an actor I like to challenge myself. Doing these characters will be very challenging. They are out of my comfort zone and hence I enjoy doing them at times.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– How challenging has this role been for you?
Indraneil Sengupta– Well, this was challenging because I had to go outside my comfort zone. The character is also very loud. I have never played such a role before in my life. This is beyond my usual comfort zone and I had to put in extra effort to make the character credible. The pressure is even more because there are only two main characters in the film- Arundhati and Kalrudra. Hence it becomes very important to act well and make the character credible.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Your makeup is one of the most integral parts of the Kalrudra look and must have taken hours to get done. Tell us something about the experience of sitting through the make up sessions…
Indraneil Sengupta– Well that is again a long story. I used to come to the sets before the other actors and leave the set after they were all gone, Thanks to the makeup that I had to do. It took three long harrowing hours to get the makeup done and about forty five minutes to take it out. I did not enjoy this makeup session at all but I had to tolerate it as this was essential to my becoming Kalrudra.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– The film is a scene to scene remake of the Telugu film. Have you watched the original film; if yes what inputs did you take from Sonu Sood‘s portrayal of the venomous Villain?
Indraneil Sengupta– I have not seen the entire film but I have watched it in parts.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– How was the experience of working with Koyel?
Indraneil Sengupta– I have worked with her before in Doshomi. Hence I know her working style. We gel well and we share a great comfort level too. I can work with her freely.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– What expectations do you think your fans will have from the character that you are playing?
Indraneil Sengupta– I hope they will be enjoying the character that I play. They must not search for Indraneil Sengupta in the character. Rather they must instead look at Kalrudra and enjoy him. I hope the character of Kalrudra remains etched in their memory.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– How has Barkha (Indraneil’s wife) reacted to your look?
Indraneil Sengupta– (With a smile) Oh she loved the look. She has been extremely appreciative of my look in the film. She has never searched for Indraneil in the roles that I have done so far. Or else she would have loved each and every character that I had done.
New Kolkata Bengali Movie Aundhati which is a Shree Venkatesh Films Presentation releases on the 30th May and we wish the team all the success !!
Interviewer: Priyanka Dutta
Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.