Interview: Actress Kyra Dutt on Playing Albina Ahmed in Srijit Mukherji’s Zulfiqar (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)



She made her presence felt in Bollywood with director Madhur Bhandarkar’s  film Calendar Girls. With the upcoming Bengali movie Zulfiqar, she will be debuting in Bengali movies. Kyra Dutt who promised herself that she will do a Bengali film finally kept the promise that she made to herself. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent engaged the actress in an exclusive conversation about her role in her debut film.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- So you finally kept the promise that you made to yourself?

Kyra Dutt- Yeah!! I am so happy that I could finally do a Bengali movie. Bagging the role in a film like Zulfiqar has been a great opportunity for me. Making a debut under the guidance of a director like Srijit Mukherji and with such a dream cast consisting of Dev, Paoli Dam, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Nusrat Jahan and others- what can I wish more for?


Can you throw some light on the character you play in the film?

Kyra Dutt- I play a Muslim girl Albina Ahmed. In Julius Caesar she is Octavia, Caesar’s niece. Bumba da plays the role of Caesar in Zulfiqar. I won’t reveal about the character as most of the people who have read the play know about Octavia. For those who are not aware of the character, one can either go though the play or simply wait for the film to release. I am excited!!

How has the journey been from Calendar Girls to Zulfiqar?

Kyra Dutt- Well, it has been great. Most people have been thinking of me in glamorous roles. But Srijit Mukherji was the first person to think of me in this de-glam look. He expects so much of you that you actually work hard to live up to his expectations. I hope I have been able to do that in the film. This is my first Bengali film and my Bengali has an accent. So I was worried. But we all have put in our best efforts and we hope that the people will like it.


Puja is just around the corner and you film will also be releasing. This is like a double treat for you!!

Kyra Dutt- Indeed!! I have not been in Kolkata during Pujas for many years. So this is like a treat to me. No one is leaving me this time. I will be staying here and my film is releasing, so it will be a great Puja for me.

How was Srijit Mukherji as a director?

Kyra Dutt- I have been a fan of his movies. The first Bengali film that I saw was his film Autograph. I was bowled over by the film. It is then that I realized that such great films are made in Kolkata. He is a visionary which is proved by the films that he makes. It is also proved by the fact that he chose me in that de-glam role.

How did you bag the role?

Kyra Dutt- I guess it was plain luck that I got this role. I had just completed Calendar Girls when I got the call to feature in this film. I did not listen to the script before agreeing. I agreed because it is a Srijit Mukherji film and I wanted to work with him.

We hope Kyra’s debut in Bengali films turns out to be a great success for the young model turned actress!!



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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