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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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Interview: Debarati Gupta on her New Independent Film ‘Post Kolkata’ and Upcoming Projects


Directing films happened all of a sudden for Debarati Gupta. The young director began her career as a journalist before shifting to writing scripts and ultimately directing films. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent Priyanka Dutta engaged the director in a candid conversation.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaHow did you get involved with the art of storytelling on the celluloid; tell us about your journey into films?

Debarati Gupta– Frankly, I never had the slightest inclination to join films. It all happened suddenly. I was involved in journalism in 2003-2004. However I did not like the profession much. So I opted for a change and started writing scripts. I then realized that script writing is one of the smallest parts in the process of film making, which is a bigger art form actually. Often the scripts were modified to suit the needs of the director. I realized that I need to get fully involved and this is how I started making films. Before doing my first film I assisted Bappditya Bandopadhyay in Housefull and Kagojer Bou. I was also the second assistant director for Chatrak.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaYour last film Hoi Choi was based on the struggles of a theater group. What is the topic of Post Kolkata, your next film?

Debarati Gupta– Four journalists go to North Kolkata to discover the culture and beauty of Kolkata. Despite living in the same city, they were not earlier aware of the culture and beauty of this part of the city. North Kolkata is like an alien place to them. The film has fun, sexuality and violence too.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaThe names of the cast are the names of the months. This is quite intriguing; please throw some light on this?

Debarati Gupta– Nothing so intriguing about the names though. The names were just given randomly like we often have names of months for individuals.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhat role does music play in your film?

Debarati Gupta– Two young and new music directors Ariktam Chatterjee and Arpitam Chatterjee have done the music in this film. The music is important and will help in taking the story forward.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhat would you say is the USP of your film?

Debarati Gupta- Independent films are not made much in our country. This is even less in Kolkata. The film is an independent film which is one of the biggest USP’s of the film. Coupled with that the film has been shot differently and the film making process is not the typical one.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhat kind of films would you want people to remember you for?

Debarati Gupta– I am just two films old. Answering this question at this juncture is a bit difficult. However I feel it is for my good work that I will like to be remembered.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaTollywood is engrossed with making films on novels. Do you have any such plans?

Debarati Gupta– I have no plans as such now. However, some of the novels and stories of Lila Majumdar interest me and I may make a film on her stories later on.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaBeing a female director, do you get any kind of different or for that matter biased treatment in the Bengali Film industry?

Debarati Gupta– I will not say that I have faced biased treatment from the producers. However seeing my age, my work and the fact that I am a woman, many producers decline to work with me. They do not tell this directly but they do not look convinced.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhat homework do you usually do in order to perfect your skills?

Debarati Gupta– Watching good films, keeping a note of the techniques used by the great directors, thinking about a script and editing are some of the things that one can do to hone his/her skills.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhat do you look for in an actor before deciding to cast him or her in a movie?

Debarati Gupta– I select the cast based on the approach of the film. Post Kolkata is an independent film and I cannot afford to spend much. So the artists who worked in the film did not take remuneration. The only thing we spent money on was the charges for the camera and other equipments.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Your message for young aspiring actors….

Debarati Gupta– I am an aspiring director myself. I am not in a position to give any tips and advices to anyone. However I wish them all the best.

On behalf of Sholoana Bangaliana, we wish the director all the best for her upcoming Bengali film Post Kolkata and we hope she achieves great success with all her projects.



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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