Gung-ho: Indraneil Sengupta
Are more offers coming your way post-Autograph?
I am not being flooded with offers all of a sudden after the release of Autograph. I usually get a lot of offers. But the feedback to Autograph is good. A lot of people have liked Bumbadas (Prosenjit), Nandanas (Sen) and my performances. People have liked the film in general.
Are you interested in doing commercial Tolly films?
Yes, yes definitely. I want to do a commercial film, but there are various kinds of commercial films and I will only do that which appeals to my sensibilities... where the script makes sense and I can do justice to the role. In such a film, I am open to singing and dancing around trees too. I havent seen too many Bengali films, call it my ignorance. But I would like to do a film like Dui Prithibi, which is commercial and yet has a sensitive storyline.
But very few makers of commercial films have shown an interest in you...
I know. Possibly because I started off my Tollywood career with a film like Janala (yet to release) and a director like Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Maybe thats why people think that I am not cut out for commercial films. I did get one or two commercial film offers but I wasnt convinced. I will only do a commercial film with a big director and a big banner.
Are you happy doing Bengali films? Or is it less out of choice?
I am happy doing the kind of films I am doing. Its been creatively satisfying.... See, Janala happened to me accidentally and after that I got a lot of offers. At a much later stage in life, I realised that whatever has to happen will happen whether you choose it or not.
Do people in Bollywood know about your film work here?
I am not sure. Autograph released in Bombay and I had asked Barkha (Bisht, wife) to tell a few of her friends to watch it. But I dont think people in Bombay would really make an effort to sit through a Bengali film with subtitles. I cant expect that and I dont think Bengali films have a viewership in Bombay. But I want to do quality work and even international projects. I am a greedy actor!
Any plans to make it in Bollywood?
Yes, I would like to do Hindi films but I am not actively trying for it. If it has to happen, it will happen.
With more work coming from Calcutta, do you plan to shift here?
No. I have no plans to set up house in Calcutta. I have been living in Bombay for so many years and I feel at home there. Its not very hectic for me to go and shoot in Calcutta and come back to Bombay. I believe in taking regular breaks to energise myself. Also, I dont do a lot of films at the same time.
How did you like Barkha in Dui Prithibi?
She has done a good job despite not knowing Bengali at all. Besides, shes a super dancer!
Any offers starring you and Barkha together?
Unfortunately, there are no good offers yet. Riingo had planned a film with us but nothing materialised. In fact, I would want somebody to offer us a film because then my wife and I can spend some time together in the same city. Am I sounding too selfish?!
Which Tolly heroine would you like to pair up with, given a choice?
Oh now, thats a difficult one! I would like to work with everyone... I am a newcomer. I liked Koel (Mullick) in Dui Prithibi and I have seen Shrabanti in Josh. I think both of them are very good.
What do you think makes you a darling of arty filmmakers?
Well, I can only guess. Maybe the fact that I am not a typical Bengali guy! I have lived in various places and I have a certain amount of cosmopolitan attitude in me and thats why my films have so far been for the multiplex audiences. I know that with these kinds of films I wont be able to enjoy Jeet or Devs popularity. My films dont even reach out to the whole of Bengal. So I am trying to strike a balance between popular and sensible subjects.