Ushoshi Sengupta won the title of I Am She – Miss Universe India. Later she represented India in Miss Universe 2010 held at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada. The super sexy model will soon be making her debut in Bengali films with Arindam Sil’s Eagoler Chokh. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the model in an exclusive conversation about her venture in Bengali films. Excerpts…
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- So tell us about the character you play in this film.
Ushoshi- I play Shyamangi, the sister of Jaya Ahsan in the film. Shyamangi’s sister is married.
How was your experience of working in you debut Bengali film?
Ushoshi- Well, I have been extremely lucky to have got such a film for my debut. Arindam Sil is a dream director to make you debut. Jaya Di whose sister I play in the film is an amazing actress. This is a dream team you see. I am so very excited about this film.
Did you get help from the senior actors?
Ushoshi- Absolutely!! Team Shabor is like a small happy family. I got great help from Apu da, Jaya di, June mam and the other actors whenever I have asked them. Riya who is also making her debut with this film bonded with me really well. Most of the time we were together!! Though she is a bit young, we have become good friends. Even after the shoot we are in touch. I am blessed that I could be a part of Shabor franchise and I hope to be a part of more films in future.
Modeling to acting- what similarities and dissimilarities did you find between the two worlds?
Ushoshi- Modeling and acting are two different ball games. When I used to do modeling I used to think acting will be easy. But when I stated acting, I realized it is different. You need to learn so many things. The actors who are trained have an advantage. You need to update yourself. The only advantage that I had was that I knew how to face the camera. With Soumik da as the camera man, you know that you will surely look pretty. Even Arindam Sir said Usho you are looking great!!
How did you bag this role?
Ushoshi- The name of the character is Shyamangi and since I have a dusky complexion, the choice was obvious. (smiles) Shyamangi is a confident and independent girl who stays in Singapore. She is an entrepreneur. She comes to Kolkata to visit her sister. She has many secrets and is a mystery herself. Arindam sir felt I fitted the bill perfectly and hence I was cast. The best thing is I did not have to act. I was playing myself on screen.
Did you do any research for the role?
Ushoshi- I followed strictly what Arindam sir asked me to do. He used to narrate me the scene and how he wanted me to act. That made things easy. I have always believed that there are no good or bad actors there is only good or bad directors!! I also saw a lot of Bengali films recommended by him. As a non-resident Bengali, we do not get to see much Bengali films. During the last three months, I have watched many Bengali films. I am amazed at the great work happening here.
My grandfather Madhusudan Banerjee was a film editor who worked with Satyajit Ray. He even won the National Award. I still have the card of artist’s forum of my grandfather. I also have his scissors with the help of which he used to cut films. Had he been alive he would have been very proud of me. My mother wanted to be an actress and now that I have become one, she is extremely proud of me.
We hope that the dusky beauty Ushoshi Sengupta makes a mark with her debut film, Eagoler Chokh. Best of luck!!
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.
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