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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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Madhur Bhandarkar’s New Film Calendar Girls’ Models speak about their Working Chemistry with co-stars at the Kolkata Promotions


Madhur Bhandarkar’s films have always caught the attention of the audience and the critics alike. Be it Fashion or the soon to release Calendar Girls, the director has always ensured that the audiences are kept engaged with the film even before it releases in the cinema halls. Calendar Girls has been garnering great response from the audience since the days, the poster and the trailer of the film has been released. The director along with the five girls namely Satarupa Pyne, Kayra Dutta, Avani Modi, Ruhi Singh and Akansha Puri was present in Kolkata for the promotions of this upcoming Bollywood film.


City model Satarupa Pyne who plays the role of a Bengali model in the film was ecstatic to be working with the ace director. “I had watched his film Fashion before and I work in the fashion industry myself. Hence I was very well able to understand the efforts that he gave in making the film. The research was just awesome. It was so detailed. I got a call for the auditions and I just gave my best. Next I got a call from the production house stating that I was selected. I was just so happy” recalled the model-actress.


Madhur Bhandarkar who was also present at the occasion spoke about why he selected the actresses from all over the country. “When I was doing the research for the film, I found out that the models usually came from different parts of the country. This is the reason why I selected girls from all over India. During the research I also faced challenges. Some were willing to talk about the topic while many did not want to speak about it” said the director.


Cat fights are so very popular when more than one actresses work in a film. However, the five actresses negated such issues while working in this film. “We didn’t have any such issues as Madhur sir ensured that we all got equal attention. No partiality was done by the director. He understands how to work with newcomers and he did the same with us. He gave us the space so that we could do our best. I have learnt a lot during the shoot of this film” said Avani.


Avani is the only non-model actress in the film. She had done Tamil films and short films before. “My experience of working in theatre and the short films came in handy during the shoot of this film. I am not a model, true. But just I like do the other roles of a doctor or an engineer- I have done this role in that manner” added Avani. Avani plays the role of Nazneen Malik.


Ruhi Singh who began her journey by winning the title Miss India East talked about her Kolkata connection at the press conference. “I was the first runners up at the event and I was just eighteen. I am still very much connected with the city. I began my career from the city of Joy and hence you can very well understand the rapport that I have with this city. Hence coming for the Kolkata promotions was extremely special”.


Kayra spoke highly about the Bengali bonding on the sets with fellow actress Satarupa Pyne. “I didn’t know her before. But we bonded well during the shooting just like two Bengalis bond. It was great to find someone with whom you could converse in your mother language” said Kyra.

The director also highlighted that the film Calendar Girls have been made to showcase the journey of the Calendar Girls. “This is not a critique film. I do not think that this film will stop girls from joining the modeling industry. Every profession has its good and bad sides. We all need to accept that. That does not deter anyone from joining the profession of their choice. Then why will this film stop them from becoming Calendar Girls?” said Madhur Bhandarkar.

The film Calendar Girls is eyeing for release on the 25th of September.

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Trailer of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Calendar Girls revealed

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Calendar Girls is among the most awaited films of this year and the trailer of this film was recently released. The trailer features the five gorgeous debutants and highlights the experiences of the young models who achieve success after featuring on a popular calendar. The trailer gives us a glimpse of the glamorous and the ugly side of the fashion industry.


The film ‘Calendar Girls’ is the story of five models – Paroma Ghosh, Nazneen Malik, Nandita Menon, Sharon Pinto and Mayuri Chauhan, who go through various phases from fame to anonymity.


Produced by Sangeeta Ahir’s Manglmurti Films, ‘Calendar Girls’ is directed by Madhur Bhandarkar and is eyeing for release on the 25th of September.


After Fashion, it will be interesting to see how the director showcases the intricacies of the modeling industry in this upcoming Bollywood film.

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