An engineer by profession, actor Somraj was bit by the acting bug during his stay in UK. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the actor who is presently acting in the serial Ei Cheleta Bhelbheleta. Excerpts…
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- An engineer who turns into an actor- How did this transformation happen?
Somraj- During my stay in the U.K, I used to watch all kinds of films. I was living alone then and that loneliness helped me to connect with my roots too. This happens with everyone who stays alone outside the country. They want to be connected to their homeland in one way or the other. My medium was films. I also used to practice acting in front of the mirror. So when my Visa expired and I came back, destiny took me to acting in films.
Tell us something about the character that you play in Ei Cheleta Bhelbheleta..
Somraj- I play the role of Abir, who goes to visit Punnolokhi, his grandmother’s acquaintance. He is a shy and introvert boy. His sole interest is his studies. Due to his introvert nature, he also cannot mix freely with girls. He goes to the village and meets Shaluk who is naughty and talkative. They slowly warm up to each other and visit village fairs and watch puppet shows together. Shaluk meanwhile is to get married to a rich man’s son from the village. The boy dies and seeing what can happen to Shaluk, Abir’s grandmother gets her married to Abir. When they go back, Abir’s family members all are shocked. What happens next? For that you will have to watch the serial.
Is this your first serial or have you worked before?
Somraj– I have worked before too. I have done serials like Gauridaan and Thik Jeno Love Story before I landed up with this role.
You are working with so many veteran actors like Sabitri Chatterjee, Anusua Majumder and others. How is the experience like?
Somraj- Well. I am very excited and also tensed at the moment. I am trying to catch up with them. I am also getting to learn so much from them. My mother is a huge fan of Sabitri Chatterjee and she was excited when she heard I am working with her. I have learnt quite a few nuances of acting from my other two serials but this one is turning to be a real learning platform for me.
Apart from this, is acting in films on the cards for you?
Somraj- Well, yes definitely. I will be trying my luck there too. But I have just entered this industry. I want to brush up my acting skills before I take the plunge into films. However, if I get a good role and a good script, I will not be hesitant.
So do you have any wish list of directors with whom you would like to work?
Somraj- See, I would like to work in both commercial and parallel films. I do not want to restrict myself to any genre. And if you speak of a wish list, I will like to work with Raj Chakraborty and Srijit Mukherji. Let’s see what happens. At the moment I will like to take small steps towards my goal.
We wish the young and talented actor take small steps to stardom!! All the best Somraj…
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.