Priyanshu with Amitabh Bachchan at the Bhootnath music launch
He doesnt want to be mistaken for Abhishek Bachchan but he doesnt mind being Amitabh Bachchans son. Hot on the heels of his raging Tollywood romp in Aamar Pratigya, Priyanshu Chatterjee will be seen sharing screen space with both Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan in Bhootnath.
And the way the Big B hugged Priyanshu at the music release of Bhootnath, it is obvious that not just the people around them, perhaps even Amitabh was struck by his striking resemblance to Abhishek. Thats for the stubble, I guess, Priyanshu laughs over phone from Mumbai. The new look is for a new Hindi film I cant talk about.
But he can surely talk about Bhootnath, where he does play the screen son of Amitabh Bachchan. Its one of those things which makes your acting career fulfilling, Priyanshu says. Everybody is so right when they keep raving about their work experiences with Mr Bachchan. It was a treat really. He has honed his craft to another level altogether.
So when two years ago director Vivek Sharma came to Priyanshu with the script of Bhootnath, he had no hesitation about saying yes. It was an honour to be a part of such a huge star cast — Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla. Of course, the story was fantastic too. And then the banner of BR Chopra. I had to say yes.
Bhootnath is a comedy about a child and his grandfathers ghost. Amitabh plays the grandfather, Priyanshu his son and the childs father, and Juhi the childs mother. But I am not Juhis husband; you can say thats the twist, Priyanshu laughs. Its an out-and-out entertainer with comedy, drama, family values... You can say its a typical film from the banner of BR Films.
Priyanshu is also very kicked with his own character in the film. Its got a nice graph going, he explains. He is the good son but at the same time he is big-time rebellious in attitude. Then, in the course of the film, he redeems himself.
Shah Rukh has a special appearance — or surprise package as Priyanshu calls it — in Bhootnath and he does have scenes with the Bong bloke. He brings the whole thing together in the film, Priyanshu reveals. Having done a couple of scenes with him, I felt that his approach to a scene is so very different from Mr Bachchans. And thats what makes it interesting.
Commercial Bengali films in Tollywood and mainstream Bollywood fare in Mumbai, Priyanshu wants to juggle his roles right now. The priority for me has always been good films, he says. My game plan is very simple. If something good comes up, I will check if those required dates are free and I will do the film. Regardless of the language and the scope of the project.
Curious about how Aamar Pratigya is doing, Priyanshu gives the Bengali film industry two thumbs up. I dont know why people complain about working there. Shooting for Aamar Pratigya was a completely delightful experience for the 25 days I shot for the film. I would go on to say that there is no major difference with shooting in Bollywood. I would love to do more Bengali films.
For now, the countdown has begun to the release of Bhootnath on May 9.