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Plabita Borthakur

Plabita Borthakur

Just into her twenties, this cute actor from the Northeast, Plabita Borthakur made her debut in Aamir Khan starrer PK in a blink and miss role as Anushka Sharma’s sister. . Her second film however has a strong role.

Acting is in her DNA; in fact her entire family is into art. Her father Probeen Borthakur would teach Indian classical music, he also sings and her mother writes articles and poems in Assamese. Plabita says, “I am basically an actor, but I have a band too...after I passed my graduation I did an acting course with Barry John acting studio and did umpteen commercials, all national advertisements. I have done 18 commercials and at least 8 or ten have released so far. I was called for movie auditions and that's how I got into both the films."

Plabita’s two elder sisters are into the movie industry and they helped her in meeting the casting directors. Her elder sister is an actor and an assistant director; she has just finished working in a film and is writing her own script. The younger one is busy with family now but is returning to active work. Plabita continues, “I want to be a full time actor. I will continue commercials as it is just a day’s work and fetches good money. PK is my first film and I was telling them I won't do it as it is a small role. They said it is a Raju Hirani film and I couldn't refuse as I like him and I want to work with him. I just finished shooting for Prakash Jha Productions, Alankrita Shrivastav is the director. She made Turning 30 with Gul Panang and is now directing Lipstick Wale Sapne ..the international title is Lipstick Under The Burkha . It is about four women and their stories; I'm one of the leads — a college girl— and I have a full story all on me.”

The young actor is now taking a break in Guwahati where her parents live, the one month she worked with Prakash Jha Productions was a good, enriching experience. She is actually based in Mumbai living with sister, so her parents shuttle between Assam and Mumbai. She signs off, “I don't need to worry about anything it's so relaxing here but I will return to work soon. I don't have any role model as such and acting comes to me naturally. I just want to keep doing good work and I want to do the arty kind of movies. I don't mind balancing both types but I prefer the serious ones.”


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