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Updated: September 16, 2010 18:33 IST

Blending interests

CHETNA VERMA
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Rituparna Sengupta.
PTI Rituparna Sengupta.

The talented Bengali actress, Rituparna Sengupta, known for her roles in offbeat films, is much more than just an actress. A trained Manipuri and Odissi dancer who has a dance troupe, she also has a media house, works in both Bengali and Hindi cinema and still manages to take out time to play her role as a responsible individual in society.

Rituparna, a National Award winner, who was at the Montreal World Film Festival this year for the screening of her Bengali movie “Aarohan,” talks about her journey in Bollywood and her upcoming movie “Life Express.”

How would you describe your journey in Bollywood?

Good, so far. The roles I have played in Hindi cinema are different and meaningful. I haven't done much here but still I have got appreciation for my work and I enjoy working here.

Do you think working in offbeat cinema has limited your scope as an artiste?

If I am getting roles that are beneficial for society, I take them up. I try my best to do justice to the character and prove my acting skills. As far as commercial cinema is concerned, I have not been offered roles that suit me. But in future if I get something attractive, I will definitely go ahead with it.

In Bollywood, I am doing Madhur Bhandarkar's “Dil Toh Bacha Hai Ji” and I am all excited about this film as Madhur is a fantastic director.

What was your experience at the Montreal World Film f Festival?

Montreal is a very beautiful city. The atmosphere at the film festival was quite different. Various representatives of world cinema were present there. It was an enriching experience. My film “Aarohan” got a lot of appreciation .

Tell us about your upcoming movie “Life Express.”

“Life Express” is a very emotional movie which represents the life of two couples from different backgrounds, one from hectic city life and the other from the village and how they share common emotions like love, motherhood, priorities and desires. Director Anup Das has tried to portray the harsh realities of life.

I play a very beautiful character of a corporate woman Tanvi, who is so involved in her career that she does not have time for her family. She has to make a hard choice between her family and career. But when situations overpower her, she comes in contact with the village girl Gauri (Divya Dutta) and understands other emotions of life as well.

How do you manage your time between movies, the dance troupe and your media house?

Everybody can manage if he or she has interest in something. For this, one needs to have proper time management. But yes it becomes quite difficult at times to give time to every field, but I try my best to balance all of them.


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