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‘I click with all my heroes’

Mon Je Kore Uru Uru, which released on Friday, is the third film where you are paired with Hiran. How is he as a co-star?

Hiran is a good co-star and after doing two films together, we now understand each other. Our first film, Nabab Nandini, was his debut film and a big hit. While working on Mon Je, I realised that Hiran has matured as an actor. He always had the talent and now he knows what the audience wants.

You are the only heroine who has worked with all contemporary Tolly heroes...

I think it’s important to work with everybody so that people get variety. With only one couple, it would get very boring. I have done a lot of films with Jeet, have worked with Dev, Jisshu (Sengupta), Hiran and also Bumbada (Prosenjit). It’s a pleasure working with all of them. My producers and directors decide who to cast opposite me. I never go out of my way to find out who would be working opposite me. My first priority is the production house, followed by the script, my character and finally my co-star.

Prosenjit, Jeet, Dev, Jisshu, Hiran or Abir Chatterjee — who do you have the best chemistry with?

Taking any one name would be unfair. I share a good relationship with all of them off the sets too and that shows on screen. I click with all my heroes and that’s why I look convincing as a couple with whoever I pair up with. The audience has to get the feel that this pair is a couple. It should not look as if two different people with different mentalities are being forced to say ‘I love you’ to each other. Not every scene requires the hero and heroine to scream out their love for each other. There are certain unspoken moments... moments of love and care... and I try to make them real by being as comfortable as possible with my co-stars.

You’ve done more than 25 films. What kind of roles do you want to do now?

As an artiste you always have the hunger to do different things. But what is more important is that you should be loved by the audience. People have a certain expectation from Koel Mullick and I should be able to live up to that. I have done all kinds of roles — an RJ, a journalist, a doctor, a medical student. In Paglu (co-starring Dev), I play a go-getter, straightforward girl, something I’ve never played before. Now I want to play a mentally challenged character, a person with a split personality or a schizophrenic. A character that would need me to think a lot before every shot.

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