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Interview: Actor Sankar Chakraborty on his Debut Film Jenana, Working Chemistry with Actor Saswata Chatterjee and More; Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive

sankar-chakraborty-interviewWith a background in theatre and after having done a couple of mega-serials, actor Sankar Chakraborty will be making his debut in the role of Jenana in the upcoming Bengali film Jenana directed by Barshali Chatterjee. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the actor in an exclusive conversation at the music launch of the film.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Congrats on making your debut in Bengali films!! You and Barshali both are making your debut with this film. How does it feel?

Sankar Chakraborty- Well, this is indeed a great feeling. After getting bored of doing the mega-serials at a stretch, Barshali’s offer was like a ray of hope in my life and helped me to overcome this boredom. I am thankful to her as she considered me for this wonderfully challenging role in her debut film. There is an inborn flair of “directing a film” in Barshali and one will not be able to say that this is her debut film. When I was doing mega-serials, she also used to work as assistant director in the serials. The way she directed the film by sometimes scolding us and sometimes making us narrate scenes with great flair, only proves that Barshali will surely make a name for herself with this film.


So, tell us something about the character you play in this film Jenana.

Sankar Chakraborty- I play the character of Somu, who works in a brick manufacturing factory. However, due to financial constraints he becomes a Jenana and takes up the name of Sumona. There comes a time in his life when his wife dies but still he is not able to leave this job. Money mattered to him and hence he continued his role as the Jenana.

What research did you do to play this role of the Jenana in this film?

Sankar Chakraborty- To be very frank, I have done quite similar roles on the stage. However this is my first stint in front of the camera in this role. I had to devote fifteen to twenty days to actually learn the Jenana dancing style and also the way they walked and talked. I am thankful to Sitala Ma who taught me all these small things. Without Sitala Ma, as Barshali would also agree, we would not be able to do anything.


How was the experience of working with Saswata Chatterjee?

Sankar Chakraborty- Well Apu da is a great human being. He can mix with anyone. Whether he does one scene or many scenes, he steals the show whenever he faces the camera. Let the film release, the audiences will understand why I am saying this.

Music is important to any film. What is your take on the music of this film?

Sankar Chakraborty- Absolutely music plays an important role in this film. The music by Debojyoti Misra is so realistic and lively that during the shoots we did not feel that we were shooting. It felt so real. The music is very apt and suits the film extremely well.


There are always expectations revolving around a film. What are your expectations, more so because this is your debut film?

Sankar Chakraborty- The story, the way Barshali has directed the film and all our efforts put together will surely go a long way in making the film a big hit. Keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that the audiences will appreciate the effort!!

Jenana is slated for release on the 11th of March!! We wish Sankar Chakraborty loads of luck for his debut film.



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.



Interview: Director Barshali Chatterjee on Upcoming Bengali Film Jenana; A Film that Sets to Explore the Roots of Transgenders and their Struggle for Existence


She is a young, vibrant girl next door. But her approach to making films and the challenge that she took up in her debut film is what sets her apart from the girls of her age. Having assisted in many mega serials in Zee Bangla, Star Jalsa, debutant director Barshali Chatterjee is ready with her film Jenana. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the feisty director.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Congrats on making your debut in Tollywood as a directpr!! Why did you select such a topic for your debut film?

Barshali Chatterjee- There is stiff competition in today’s time in every field. So if you have to make your presence felt and capture the attention of the audience you have to do something different. I want my film to be different and people should recognize Barshali Chatterjee for the films that I have made. Hence, I have tried to make a film on a subject which is different and yes very topical too.


There are a lot of films being made in Tollywood on transgenders. In what aspects is your film different from the other films that we have seen till now?

Barshali Chatterjee- The films that have been made till now showcases the lives of these transgenders. The film makers have tried to establish them to the fullest extent. But what I have tried in Jenana is to show the roots of these individuals. These individuals have four groups- Apua, Jenana, Chinni and Chipri. The Jenanas are those males who become part of this community to earn their livelihood. But they are in no way transgenders in real life. Normally if you ask a man to wear a sari and beg for money, he will slap you. But what is the situation or what are the circumstances which have compelled these individuals to take up this profession. This is what I have shown in this film. Most of us hate these transgenders but after watching the film, there will be a change in attitude of the people towards these people.

For making a film on such a topic, you must have done a good amount of research work. Can you tell us something about how you collected material for making this film?

Barshali Chatterjee- Sitala Ma has helped me in doing the research for this film. She has also acted in this film. I have got a lot of material from her about the Jenanas and I have utilized that during the making of Jenana.


Casting is very important for any film. What did you keep in mind while making the selection of the cast for Jenana?

Barshali Chatterjee- Casting has been done keeping in mind the fact that the actors will have some resemblances with them. I have stayed with them and I am well aware of how they look. I met Shankar da for the first time and I felt he will suit the main role extremely well. For me the face should be relatable and hence I made the selection of Apu da (Saswata Chatterjee). They both are extremely well suited for the roles.

As for Priyanka, we both have similar natures. The story is about the struggle of a director. So I thought she would fit the bill perfectly. For portraying the character of Mala, Sampurna Lahiri was the best choice I could have thought of. Her attitude and her poise suited the role extremely well.

A cliché but yes an important question. What are your expectations from the film?

Barshali Chatterjee- (laughs) Well, I would like to make my mark as a director in Tollywood and I will like the audience to come to the hall to watch this film. Only then will my efforts be properly appreciated.

Wishing the young, budding director loads of luck for her debut film!!



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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Upcoming Kolkata Bengali Film Jenana Posters pasted by Saswata Chatterjee and Sankar Chakraborty in an Effort to Give a New Dimension to Film Promotions


Film makers in today’s time are always on the lookout for newer techniques of promoting their films. Debutant director Barshali Chatterjee along with actors Saswata Chatterjee and Sankar Chakraborty stuck the posters of their film Jenana at Tolly studio para to start with the promotions of their upcoming Kolkata Bengali Film.


The story of Jenana is about the flourishing industry at the traffic signals in the city. Many of us come across males who change their social-sexual identity to run the livelihood. What actually propels them to select such a livelihood? This is what the film tries to find out.


Speaking at the occasion, Saswata Chatterjee said “This is indeed a great way of promoting the film. The reason why I said yes to doing this film is because the topic is unconventional and a young director has taken up this initiative to do such a film. Many experienced people will not dare to take up this subject for making a film”.


Produced by Films Be Ideal, the film boasts of a stellar cast consisting of Saswata Chatterjee, Priyanka Sarkar, Sampurna Lahiri and Sankar Chakraborty. The music of this film has been composed by Debojyoti Mishra.

The film is eyeing for release on the 11th of March 2016.

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