Making his debut with the Colors Bangla serial Benebou, model turned actor Alik Banerjee is excited about his role as Ved in the coming serial. The young actor who finished his graduation the last year from Bangabasi College has finally started fulfilling his long cherished dream of becoming an actor. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with this budding new talent in between shots at a studio in Joka. Here is how it went..
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- How did you bag the role of Ved in Benebou?
Alik Banerjee- Yes, that is very interesting I must say. I auditioned for the role by sending pictures. But even the pictures were not sent by me. That was sent by the coordinator who gave me modeling assignments. I have worked for companies like Snap Deal, Flipkart and also for the top designers in Kolkata. I have done numerous ramp shows too. So after the coordinator sent the picture, I received a call from Colors Bangla asking me to come for the auditions. I auditioned and then I was the top among the seven participants selected. Meanwhile I had received a call from Snehashish da and he selected me also. It was a win-win situation for me. A dream came true to become an actor finally.
You are passionate about acting, judging from what you are saying. When did the acting bug bit you?
Alik Banerjee- I wanted to become an actor from a very small age. When I was in class six or seven, people used to ask me what I wanted to become when I grow up. I always said I wanted to become an actor. I was very clear about what I wanted to become.
How has your family reacted to your decision of becoming an actor?
Alik Banerjee- Well, I live in a joint family and I am the darling of the family members. I live in Belaghata. Initially my parents like all parents used to say why I am opting for this profession and not joining the family business. After seeing my passion for this profession, they are now extremely supportive of my decisions. I have been modeling since my first year in college. Without their help that would not have been possible.
Modeling and acting are two different platforms. How are you finding acting now that you have experienced modeling beforehand?
Alik Banerjee- Modeling and acting is different. Modeling is a one day affair. On the other hand, when I am acting, the cast and crew becomes your family. The two professions are different but I am enjoying both.
Now that you are fully into acting, will you continue your stint as the model?
Alik Banerjee- No, that will not be possible at the moment!! Most of my time goes in acting and I am also contract bound. I miss walking on the ramp very much. I have cancelled three ramp shows now for my acting in the serial Benebou.
How are you gearing up for portraying Ved in Benebou?
Alik Banerjee- I have done workshops to portray the character of Ved in the serial. The director has been very helpful in making me understand how to portray my character. Where I need to use high pitch voice, where I need to use low pitch voice has all been told to me by the director. This has been very helpful. Moreover, I have watched films like Aashiqui 2, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Belaseshe to help in portraying the character better. I have watched the films before but I have watched them once again with more concentration. The last film I watched is Ki and Ka.
Wishing Alik all the best for his future endeavors!!
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.