Every industry needs young blood to survive and prosper. And Tollywood has no dearth of young talents. Pujarini Ghosh is one talented actress who will be soon making her debut as a lead actress in Upcoming Bengali Film Chitra and also in a smaller but meaningful role in Mainak Bhaumik’s Kolkata Calling. In a candid conversation with Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent, the actress revealed much about her dreams and aspirations.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Tell us something about your growing up years.
Pujarini Ghosh– Well, I did my schooling from South Point School and just completed my masters from Jadavpur University.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– When did the acting bug bit you?
Pujarini Ghosh– When I was a kid! I started acting at the age of 5. I have done some hundred stage shows! So yes this is a very old love story. I was always known to be a drama-queen. At that age I would wrap myself up in my mom’s sari spend hours singing, dancing, acting and talking to myself in front of the mirror. It was in me ever since I was born. My grand mom was a wonderful theatre actor, so you can say I carry that in my genes. But yes it was extremely tough for me to convince my parents when I told them that I want to take up acting as my profession as I come from a very conservative family.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– You have a background in theatre. How has that helped in your acting in films?
Pujarini Ghosh– Theatre I would say is the base of an actor. It teaches you to act without restrictions. When we work in front of the camera our actions are restricted by a lot of things like the camera angles the frames. But stage gives you absolute freedom. You learn the basics of acting only in theatre which helps you when you work in films. It’s just that when you face the camera you have to be bit intelligent to understand the basic differences between the two. In my case winning the Best Actress Award at The All India Theatre Competition helped me boost my confidence. But I evolve everyday as an actor when I face the camera. There are so many things to learn.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Which theater groups have you been associated with all this while?
Pujarini Ghosh– Charbak and Janhabi Sanskriti Chakra are the groups with which I have worked in theater.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Are you continuing with theatre or has it taken a backseat due to commitments in films?
Pujarini Ghosh– Sadly yes! It has taken a backseat. I am too busy with the promotions and a lot of other things right now. But an actor can never leave stage completely. So I might work in both sometimes soon. The director of Janhabi is a great friend; he keeps sending some good scripts but I am waiting for something extraordinary and fresh so that I can return to the stage with a bang!
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– You are workingas the lead actress in a full length Bengali film Chitra in the lead role. Can you shed some light on the character?
Pujarini Ghosh– I am lucky to be the female protagonist in a film like Chitra which draws references from real life attacks on women in recent times. Chitra is a romantic thriller with a strong social message. This film happened to me by chance. I was the last minute entry. A huge number of girls auditioned for the film but my very first dialogue during my audition convinced my director Abhigyan that I am his Chitra. So I would say the film chose me to be her Chitra. Chitra is young, extremely loveable, confident, and she feels strongly about expressing her opinion. She is all what a modern woman can relate to.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Mainak Bhaumik’s Kolkata Calling is another film in which you have acted. Can you throw some light on the character you play in that film?
Pujarini Ghosh– Despite being in a smaller role, I am lucky to be chosen by Mainak in the beautiful collage of three stories in retro-hued Kolkata Calling. And when in your first film you get to share the credits with some of the finest actors of Tollywood, like Moonmoon Sen, Riya Sen, Raima Sen, Rwitwik Chakroborty, Kaushik Sen, Biswanath Basu and others, what more can you ask for. I was the part of one of the three stories with Raima Sen and Samrat Chakraborty. I played Samrat’s ex-girlfriend Sohini. But I only had scene with Samrat.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– How was the experience of working in Kolkata Calling? Was Mainak Bhaumik intimidating or as cool and casual as his outward appearance?
Pujarini Ghosh– The time spent on the sets of Kolkata Calling will always remain very special. I got lucky to learn a lot from so many senior actors. Mainak is an extremely loving individual. I was pampered by Mainak despite being a newbie in the industry. He spoilt me completely. The first time I met him I thought he will be like a strict director. But as Day 2 followed I found him to be an amazing person to be with, to know and to be friends with. Mainak is a brilliant director; he is extremely polite, down to earth, understanding, very knowledgeable and he knows the tactics of bringing out the best in his actors. He knows exactly what he wants before he comes to the set and has a beautiful way of narrating scenes and roles. More importantly, his ability to read through the layers of the female psyche is brilliant which further made things very simple for me.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Abhigyan is a debutant director while Mainak has directed quite a few films. How was it working with both of them?
Pujarini Ghosh– Abhigyan is young and very talented. The very first time I met him I was surprised, I thought to myself; “he is of my age and he will be directing”?! Then as the work started I was taken aback by his sense of responsibility, his knowledge about films and the way he has handled the shoot. I was really amazed to see his maturity as a filmmaker. Abhigyan is strict as a director. But Mainak is very chilled out even on the sets. It’s evident that thousands of things are going on in his mind but he will never let that affect the unit no matter what! You will always find him cracking jokes and smiling. I am very lucky to have worked with both of them.
Piyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– In both Chitra and Kolkata Calling you are sharing screen space with some veteran actors. How has that helped you?
Pujarini Ghosh– Of course it has helped me a lot. When I see such great actors in front of my eyes, it inspires me! Although I am a new girl but they way this industry is accepting me I really feel blessed! I am lucky to be given tips by them. Many of them have shared their experiences. The thought of working with such veteran actors would give me goose bumps. It was sheer luck that I got to work with such names in my debut film. In Chitra I have shared the screen space with actor-director Sudeshna Roy. She is a gem of a person; one can learn so much from her. Everyone I have met so far has been extremely supportive and loving. I have grown up watching them on screen and now when I realize I actually have started working with them it sends a chill down my spine. This is truly a blessing!
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– You have sung a song in the film Chitra. How was the experience? Are you a trained singer?
Pujarini Ghosh– Yes I have. There is this romantic number sung beautifully by Somlata and Rupankar da. I sang the reprised version of the same. Yes I am a trained singer. I started singing at a very tender age, but this was the first time that I recorded a song in the studio. It was challenging and it was a wonderful experience! I had super-fun recording the song with some lovely people providing the much needed support.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Would you consider singing along with acting (just like Priyanka Chopra) in future?
Pujarini Ghosh– (Laughs out loud) Yes may be someday, you never know. Acting is my first love and it will always be my passion. Well singing can be a bonus on my CV. But it’s too early to predict such things. As of now I just want people to like my performance and accept me more than anything else.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Do you have any other film projects in hand?
Pujarini Ghosh– Yes! Talks are on. Hopefully one of them will be going on floors soon after the release of my first. But I can’t disclose things right now due to some professional reasons.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– What are the kinds of films that you will like to do in future? Do you have any dream role?
Pujarini Ghosh– I want every director to cast me because I definitely want to work with everyone! Every filmmaker has his or her own style and being an actor I love experimenting. I want to try my hands on everything given a chance. I feel it’s important to face the challenge for what it is and have your convictions together. So I am up for challenging roles.
My dream roles are Kangna Ranaut’s character in Queen, Kate Winslet’s in Sense and Sensibility, Rani Mujherjee’s in Black and Kareena Kapoor’s in Jab We Met, just to name a few!
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Do you idolize any actor/ actress in acting?
Pujaini Ghosh– There are so many fantastic actors! Tom Hanks, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor, Rabi Ghosh, Smita Patil, Irfaan Khan, Nawazuddin, Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– What are your hobbies?
Pujarini Ghosh– I am a film buff! I have a huge collection of movies. I love watching films. My other hobbies include painting, writing, I am heavily into music so yes that’s one of course. I love going for long drives, travelling to different places and reading anything I get my hands on.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– If not an actress, what would have been Pujarini’s career choice?
Pujarini Ghosh– May be a pilot! My grandfather was a flying officer in the Indian Air Force. I would be so fascinated listening to his stories and experiences that I could see myself flying an aircraft in my dreams. And if not a pilot then definitely a Chartered Accountant!
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Clichéd though, cannot help but ask; where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Pujarini Ghosh– Too early to say! I am just two films old. I want to bag at least some 20 films right now! But yes, I definitely want to see myself as a very successful actor. Now let’s see what the future has in store for me!
This young and dynamic actress definitely comes with a lot of energy and passion for good work and we sincerely hope that Pujarini Ghosh shines bright in the Tinsel Town. Team Sholoana Bangaliana wishes the Young actress the Very Best!!
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.