Actor Neel Bhattacharya who started acting from the tender age of twelve comes with a theatre background. The actor who did a cameo in the film Panch Adhyay opposite Dia Mirza and Priyangshu Chatterjee will be making his debut with the upcoming Bengali film Chitra. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent in a candid chat with the talented young actor.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Please tell us a little about your background.
Neel Bhattacharya– I studied in South Point High School and then completed my graduation from St.Xaviers College. After that I pursued MBA in Marketing from Institute of Engineering And Management. Basically, I am a guy from a middle class family with the load of loads of expectations that my mom who is teacher and my dad who is a doctor have from me.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana–You have been acting since the age of twelve. What initially drew you to acting?
Neel Bhattacharya– Yes, I started acting from the age of 12. School plays was my first opening to this world of acting when I was in class 5.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– What was the initial reaction of your parents, both of whom are in secured professions when you decided to take up acting as a profession? How supportive have they been?
Neel Bhattacharya– During the initial stages they were a bit taken aback with my decision but with the passing of time they have started believing in me. Although, their primary demand was that I will have to complete my MBA which I eventually did, I was given a free hand to try my luck at acting.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– You have been acting with Creative arts group LOK. How has this helped in developing your acting skills?
Neel Bhattacharya– I grew up with LOK with my close buddy Soumyajit Majumdar. So my basic character building has been done there only. I got featured on various stages all over India as part of Lok more than 100 times. It has been a lovely journey which will also continue in the future.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana–You have also acted in a couple of student films like Bachao, 7. How has this experience helped in shaping the actor that you are today?
Neel Bhattacharya– It has been a learning process as with these projects I got to learn the finer nuances of acting. So overall this has been a very helpful endeavor for me in my journey to become an actor.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– You shared screen space with Priyangshu and Dia Mirza in Pratim D Gupta’s Panch Adhyay. How was the experience?
Neel Bhattacharya– Although it was a cameo during my graduation days, the experience motivated me to continue with my efforts to excel in acting and make a place for myself in the Tinsel town. (With a broad smile)One thing I can never forget is that Diya Mirza looks like a princess.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– You are making your debut as the lead in a full length feature film with Chitra. Tell us something about the character that you play in the film.
Neel Bhattacharya– I am playing the role of a NRI guy who falls in love with a girl in Kolkata. It is basically a love story with many thrills and chills.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Eminent actress- director Sudeshna Roy is also a part of the cast of Chitra. Was her presence intimidating or helpful?
Neel Bhattacharya– She has been so supportive that I am speechless. She brings in so much positive energy that it drives a new comer like me to its fullest.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Do you have any other film projects in the pipeline?
Neel Bhattacharya– Yes there are two projects lined up in the future which right now I will like to keep a secret.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– How are you balancing theater and films?
Neel Bhattacharya– Till now things are going on very smoothly. I hope time will teach me how to balance both.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Will you continue with theatre in future?
Neel Bhattacharya– Yes! Can you ever forget your first love? I can never leave theatre.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana–Have you been approached by any Bollywood director?
Neel Bhattachrya– I so wish that happens soon.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Which directors in Tollywood will you like to work with?
Neel Bhattacharya– Everyone actually!
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Do you idolize anyone in terms of acting?
Neel Bhattacharya– Shahrukh khan , Ranbir kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Do you have any dream role?
Neel Bhattacharya– Shahrukh khan’s character from DDLJ is my dream role.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– What are your hobbies?
Neel Bhattacharya– Dj-ing is one of primary hobbies as I love music.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– You have started an event management company called Golden Carpet with Tirthankar Biswas. What is the status of the company now? What projects are you working on?
Neel Bhattacharya– Tirthankar Biswas is my best friend. Right now he is looking totally after Golden Carpet. With time we intend to make it something really big.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Had you not become an actor, what would you have become?
Neel Bhattacharya– I would have been a DJ or an entrepreneur of some entertainment company
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Where do you see yourself in the coming few years?
Neel Bhattacharya– Let my hard work and destiny prove that. Fingers crossed. 😀
Team Sholoana Bangaliana wishes the actor all the best for his future endeavors and hopes he has a bright future in the world of films.