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GAME FOR MORE Rituparna wants to do more Hindi films
GAME FOR MORE Rituparna wants to do more Hindi films

Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta is keen on mixing art with commerce in Hindi films

Of late, Ramoji Film City has been having a taste of Bengali culture with actors Mithun Chakraborty and Rituparna Sengupta shooting for their new Bengali film. "We shot a lot of portions in Mysore before coming to Hyderabad. This is a comedy film," says Rituparna, talking to us during a break. "I've shot in Hyderabad before. This time, I'll hopefully catch up with my best pal from college, who is settled here," she tells us. Rituparna has joined the long list of Bengali beauties angling for plum offers in Hindi films."I've been associated with both commercial and arty films in Bengal. So when I sign Hindi films, I am careful to not do anything trivial," says the actress. Rituparna recently shot a music video with Ashmit Patel for the album, Mere Man Mein Dhadkhan Mein, which has a collection of songs based on Rabindra Sangeet. "Ten songs of Rabindranath Tagore were chosen and Javed Akhtar translated them into Hindi. This is a tribute to Tagore and the video will be telecast on his birthday," she says. A well-known dancer who has her own dance troupe, Rituparna has made it a ritual to pay tribute to Tagore through her dance dramas every year. "So I warmed up to the idea of Rabindra Sangeet in Hindi instantly. We shot this video at a haveli near Satara," she recalls. Amidst wrapping up her Bengali films, she's been reading scripts in Bollywood. "Mein Meri Patni Aur Woh was the beginning. Now, films like Unns and Sab Chai Paani are coming up. Unns is a love story whereas Sab Chai Paani, directed by Manish Gupta, is a dark story on the lines of Ardh Satya. I play a Maharastrian girl and am the only female character in the film. I've also signed an English film, Hidden, which has a British cast."She admits that life in Mumbai is far more competitive than in Kolkata. "Life is tough if you don't have a godfather. I may be the number one actress in Kolkata, but Mumbai is tough terrain. But film-makers approach me knowing my repertoire of work, which ranges from award winning movies to mainstream hits," she says, getting ready for her next shot.S.D.K




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