THE GENTLEMAN Rahul Bose says he reacts to cinema   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: V. SREENIVASA MURTHY

Rahul Bose in a candid chat with Ziya Us Salam about his films

Anuranan asks a simple question: Can a man and a woman have a friendship that is intensely platonic You have to give it to the guy. In an industry where everybody talks of his next film as being "different" he has the courage to admit that "at times it is difficult to promote a film when it does not quite turn out the way you or the director expected. Then you are looking for a needle in a haystack, telling the media, hey look out for that scene, this frame." You've got to give it to Rahul Bose, who was at the recently concluded International Film Festival of India for the screening of his film, Anuranan (Resonance) that he keeps his head when others around him are losing theirs. It came to the fore the other day too at the premiere of the film when all the seats were taken, about half a dozen media personnel left standing with just the front row reserved for Rahul and his fellow actors and unit members. Seeing the critics standing, the gallant man in him promptly gave up his seat. And his unit members followed suit. Result? The media ate out of his hand when he came down to address them about the film.


Says Rahul in his typically self-deprecatory way, " Anuranan is a flawed film but it asks a simple question: Can a man and a woman have a friendship that is intensely platonic with the society not misunderstanding them? It is pertinent because there are times when you vibe with an individual with no carnal connection. A person connects with another, there is resonance."The man responsible for one of the box office hits this year, Pyar Ke Side Effects, is candid enough to admit, "I cannot foresee 16-year-olds running to see Anuranan. But any sensitive soul will like it. The characters are ambiguous and delicately handled. And yes, I have sung a song too. No, actually I have screamed a Baul song in the film in a bad, amateurish way."You smile, and manage to ask him, how come he does not do more films, often confining himself to a 15 Park Avenue or Anuranan? Again, modesty comes to the fore as he says in all frankness, "I don't get offered many films. I just have to catch the sur of the script and play accordingly. But the best scripts do not always come to me."

A departure?

Pyar ke Side Effects, though, was a little departure from the Rahul Bose niche with the irrepressible Mallika Sherawat partnering him. "I don't call cinema as arthouse or commercial. I react to cinema. My job is to get the right pitch. I have to understand if the director wants something very subtle or something loud, and deliver accordingly. Pyar Ke... had a terrific script." Through with the goodie-goodie part, Rahul shares his angst. "I would want to work with Buddhadeb Dasgupta again. His films provide food for my cinematic heart. Unfortunately, his previous film, Kaalpurush has not been released yet. It is such a pity. It is one of the best films I have done. The producer Jhamu Sugandh is not releasing it. That is the time one starts thinking that if a film is not released by the producer for whatever reason, the artistes can get together and release it. Kaalpurush has gone to Toronto and Berlin festivals but is still lying in the cans here." Indeed, the loss is as much of the cinemagoers' as Rahul Bose's. After all, when he is on the screen, they do feel a nuranan!