Interview: Actor Anirban Bhattacharya on Becoming Byomkesh Baksi For Hoichoi Web Series (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)

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Actor Anirban Bhattacharya who made a successful transition from the stage to films has been mesmerizing the audiences with stellar performances in back to back films. The actor will be seen playing the role of Byomkesh Baksi in the web-series by Hoichoi. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the actor. Excerpts..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Many actors have played Byomkesh Baksi before you. Now you will be seen enacting this role. Are you feeling the pressure?

Anirban Bhattacharya- Yes, there is always tension and pressure because there will be an inevitable comparison done with the other actors who have played this role. Moreover Byomkesh Baksi is an extremely popular character to enact on screen. This is a new platform and the treatment is different. Let’s see how the audience reacts.

How was the experience shooting for the web-series?

Anirban Bhattacharya- The experience was immensely satisfying. Despite being a web-series, no one ever compromised on the quality of the shooting. It was done just like we do in a feature film. I worked with an extremely talented team. Sayantan Ghoshal, Sudipta Majumder and the others were extremely efficient and hard working. We were nearly of the same age and that helped a lot.

Ridhima is your friend. How was it sharing screen space with your friend?

Anirban Bhattacharya- I have few friends in the industry and Ridhima-Gaurav is among the few. We have shot four stories till now. And Ridhima enters the scene from Arthamanartha. It was a good experience working with her.

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Since you worked with a friend, you surely had some funny incidents happening on the sets. Can you share any such incident for the readers?

Anirban Bhattacharya- There is one incident which is both funny and sad. My alarm clock did not work properly one day and I reached the sets about four hours late. When I reached the sets, I saw Ridhima was ready. We also had to go to another event together after the shoot. After that incident, she began calling me Salman Khan.

Do you have any wish of playing a detective for the big screen?

Anirban Bhattacharya- I wanted to play Feluda. However I am neither too interested nor I am not interested in portraying a detective in films. If I am given the chance to play such a role, I will try and do justice to the role.

What are your favourite Byomkesh stories?

Anirban Bhattacharya- Arthamanartham, Durgo Rahasya, Chorabali are among my favourite stories of Byomkesh Baksi.

What are your expectations from this web-series?

Anirban Bhattacharya- I think the audiences will love the web-series due to the way it has been treated. However if they do not like any aspect, they will be giving comments instantly via different social media. Therefore the feedback will be instant for us.

We hope that Anirban engages the audience as Byomkesh Baksi!!

Interview by:

Priyanka

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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