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‘I’m choosy’

It has been quite a long break for Jaya Seal Ghosh. After Prithibi Amake Chaay in January last year, Premangshu Roy’s Katakuti is her second film post-marriage (to percussionist Bickram Ghosh) and she sure is enjoying the work coming her way.

“I have always been choosy and I don’t mind being labelled choosy,” says Jaya after a look-test for Katakuti, where she plays a doctor attached to a mental hospital.

“The character I play in Katakuti is an idealist who realises that relationships are based on compromises. Her relationship with her husband is not perfect and her need to love finds expression in the way she treats her patients,” says Jaya.

Her co-stars in Katakuti are Rahul, who plays a patient in her care, and Sreelekha Mitra, as her playwright sister-in-law.

So what got a choosy actress to agree to this role? “The mental strength of the character. The director comes from a theatre background and he laid down a wonderful sketch before me. And I really wanted to act with Sreelekha, who is a very good friend,” says she.

For Jaya, though, films have never been priority no. 1. “I get offers all the time. But I will only work in my kind of films. I loved working in Uttara and Chhal. I still regret turning down the offer I got from Rituparno Ghosh. Those films had the realistic look that appealed to me as an artiste,” she admits. “The good thing is there are quite a few films of this genre that are doing well these days. So, I will be working in one of them if and when the opportunity comes.”

Till then, Jaya is happy nurturing the Bharatanatyam dancer in her. “Now that my son has grown up, I can concentrate on my dance. I had a solo performance at Rasa, the classical arts festival held at ICCR recently, and I have had great feedback,” she smiles.

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