She gained popularity as a child artist in the serial Krishnakoli Ami Tarei Boli. She also has popular serials like Kache Aay Soi in her kitty. Actress Chandni Saha is back again in the role of Shapla in the Colors Bangla serial Benebou. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent engaged the actress in a candid conversation. Excerpts….
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Tell us something about the role of Shapla in the Colors Bangla serial Benebou.
Chandni Saha- Shapla is a simple and innocent girl who joins her father’s Jatra group. Her family consists of her father and her step mother. Due to some circumstances, she is married to Ved who is a MBA passed entrepreneur. What happens next? Is she accepted in her new family? This is what you will get to know once you see the serial.
So how did you prepare yourself to play Shapla?
Chandni Saha- Yes, I was very nervous the day Snehashish da asked me to play the role of Shapla. I had never before watched Jatra or performed Jatra. I had not much idea about the art form also. I was literally banging my head on the walls. It is then that Snehashish da helped me out by giving me ideas. I got scolded by him a lot during the outdoor shoot at Bolpur. He scolded me so badly that even I cried on the sets. However, this scolding has helped me a lot. We have a lot of Jatra scenes now and with his help, I have been able to grasp the meaning of Jatra, which is quite loud in its expressions and melodramatic too. I am naturally less melodramatic and hence I have to put in double efforts to make the acting credible in the Jatra parts.
You have worked under Snehashish Chakraborty’s production house Blues before and you are working yet again. So how is the working equation with him?
Chandni Saha- Well, even before I began working with him I knew him because he was known to my family. So I am like a child to him and he still scolds me like that. However, he is like a guide to me and I know that he will never misguide me. This is the reason why I turn to him for all suggestions and advices about my career.
So how is the shooting going on till now?
Chandni Saha- We are going smoothly with the shoot now. Initially I was tensed as to how I will be portraying those loud Jatra scenes. But Snehashish da helped me a lot and now I am quite capable of enacting them. I respect him a lot as he helped me and guided me despite knowing the fact that I was panicking.
After Kache Aay Soi, why was there a gap? What were you busy doing during this time?
Chandni Saha- Well, after the serial ended, I was busy studying, spending time watching movies and chilling out. The best thing that I did during this time was to maintain my looks. The way the audience saw me a year back is exactly how they will see me now too. I have not become fat or ugly. I have maintained myself. After the end of the serial, I did not expect to receive great offers from other production houses and true I did not get any such offer. This did not lead me to depression. I was just chilling out. I always kept in touch with Snehashish da but never did I tell him when he will cast me next. He is more than a director to me and he always gives me sound advice. I was expecting a call from him again and lo! I bag a role in his serial.
I will like to add that many people may find my attitude to be relaxed and less focused as an actress, but I am very focused and passionate about acting.
So what are your plans? Do you wish to work in Bengali films?
Chandni Saha- I believe in destiny. Let’s see what destiny has in store for me. But I will like to add that I will like to continue with acting. Acting in films is on the list. I am waiting to get a good film where my acting capabilities will be tested. I cannot act in those films where the heroine is the second fiddle and meant to look good and dance around trees. Working with Srijit Mukherji is on my wish list!! Keeping my fingers crossed.
We hope the feisty young actress’ dreams come true and she works more in films and television. All the best Chandni!!
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.