Playing a small town Punjabi girl in the upcoming film ‘Bittoo Boss', Amita Pathak is all set to flaunt her talent on the silver screen. She shares her experiences with Madhur Tankha…..
Producing films might be family business but acting is what Amita Pathak is trying to master as she makes another attempt to showcase her talent in her father's new project Bittoo Boss.
Amita, who entered Bollywood in 2008 with Haal-e-Dil, insists that she is in the film not because she is the daughter of noted producer Kumar Mangat, but because debutant director Supavitra Babul felt she had the look and the potential to play an assertive Punjabi girl from the holy town of Anandpur Sahib.
“It has been my dream since childhood to see myself on the silver screen. I used to look up to Madhuri Dixit and wanted to have a screen presence like her.”
Like any other aspiring actor, Amita had to go through the normal rounds of auditions for Bittoo Boss. She is playing Mrinalini, who comes from an educated well-to-do family. “I can empathise with my on-screen character who is an outgoing, straight-forward and practical girl. I was also born in Anandpur Sahib and visit the place often.”
Though Amita was brought up in Mumbai she spent her vacations in her ancestral town. “Shooting for Bittoo Boss in this religious town of Punjab was a nostalgic experience for me.”
During one ostentatious wedding, Mrinalini stumbles upon Bittoo, a happy-go-lucky cameraman. Gradually they meet each other and strike a warm friendship.
Describing Bittoo as a young charismatic, ingenious and a fun-filled cameraman, Amita says he is the cynosure of all eyes at wedding ceremonies because of his affable nature. “Bittoo, essayed by Pulkit Samrat, believes in spreading happiness through the beautiful moments he captures on his video camera. He falls in love with me and I make him realise the importance of financial stability to get recognition in society.”
Besotted with Mrinalini, the cameraman is lured to take a shortcut to earn some extra money.
Working with Pulkit and Babul was an enjoyable and a learning experience for Amita. “In one funny dance sequence, Pulkit and I had to dance on top of a tempo carrying cauliflowers. As the driver stepped on the accelerator, I lost my balance and was about to fall. Pulkit caught me in the nick of time or else it would have ended in a terrible tragedy. On the other hand, Babul helped me get rid of my fear of riding two-wheelers. He has a brilliant sense of cinema and I know that he has made a brilliant film.”
Describing the film as a romantic, Amita says it also has comedy and suspense.
Amita's production house produced six or seven films annually. “Only once I turned producer for Ajay Devgun-starrer Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and was able to pull off the project because of the active support and advice from the experienced Ajay. He gave creative inputs and improvised certain scenes. The film was replete with comical situations and was a box-office hit.”