She is a stellar actress who has carved out a place for herself in Tollywood solely on her acting capabilities. She is none other than Kanchana Moitra. The actress is busy shooting for director Paramita Munsi’s film Guha Manob. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the feisty actress in between shots for a one to one conversation. Here is what she had to say…..
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- I know it sounds very cliché, but our readers will like to know about the character that you play in this film.
Kanchana Moitra- (laughs) Yes, this is a very boring question indeed. Let me still try to make the answer interesting for the readers. My character is Pinky. However, I had objected to the name as that sounds a bit childish. I had imagined that my character’s name will be a high sounding one. Paramita however highlighted on the fact that when the name is given, the individual is a child. Okay coming back to my character. She is an independent woman who is on the process of submitting her thesis. However, she gets married to an IPS officer Saju who is many years older to her. She has a hard time adjusting to her married life. In between she fantasizes a man. It is later due to some incidents that she realizes that the man of her fantasies is no one other than her father-in-law.
That is interesting!! How are you preparing yourself for this role then?
Kanchana Moitra- Yes the role is challenging and the situation is very complicated. Most women have that Electra Complex within us. We all idolize a father figure and this is what is happening to Pinky. I will not deny that I do not have complex. It is this trait which is helping me to do this role properly.
How is the working experience with the director?
Kanchana Moitra- Oh My God!! Paramita is a very, very strict director. This is her debut feature film but I have worked with her in her short film The Last Tram too. She is my friend. But do not think that I am getting any special privileges. On the contrary, she does not think twice before scolding me in front of the entire cast and crew. Instead of getting advantages, I am at a disadvantage, (laughs out loud) for instance, if she says that a shot is ready, then she hardly gives me any time to get a puff or check whether my costume is ready. She is very strict.
However, I will like to add that she knows how to take a particular shot and what the audience will love to watch on screen. This is a linear story and merely taking good shots will not serve the purpose. The shots will have to be such so that it can touch the hearts of the audience. Or else the people will not be able to connect with the film. Those kinds of techniques work well with non-linear storylines. She is a dedicated person and she will indeed be successful in this venture.
The man of your fantasies is Chiranjeet Chakraborty. How is your working experience with him?
Knchana Moitra- I have worked with him in Paramita’s short film The Last Tram. I will like to share a story. I was very small then. My father took me to Indrapuri Studios to watch a shooting. The name of the film was Amar Kantak. The hero of the film was Chiranjeet Chakraborty and the heroine was Moonmoon Sen. Dipankar Dey was also in the film. That was the first time in my life that I took an autograph of an actor and that person was Chiranjeet Chakraborty. And now I am acting with him. I am having a weird feeling. The most important part of Chiranjeet da as an actor is he is not only a good actor but a very positive minded human being. He gives respect to all the crew and cast members of a film. Working with him is a great fan girl moment for me.
Paramita’s voice “Shot is ready” could be heard in the distance and I did not stop Kanchana any more for fear of getting her scolded yet again by the strict director!!
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.