BeingNaina Chatterjee, the dignified and responsible journalist in Raj Chakrabortys Kanamachhi, wasnt easy for the giggly Shrabanti. So far she has only played a bubbly girl-next-door, romancing the hero and dancing in scenic Switzerland in masala films. For Kanamachhi though, she had to shed her sweet-girl image and act tough.
When Rajda told me that he wanted me to play a journalist, I was a little sceptical. I asked him, Aami ki parbo? Initially, for a couple of days, it was difficult because even if there was a funny incident in the film I had to just smile. While in real life, I laugh like a devil all the time! she, well, laughs.
In Kanamachhi, Shrabanti plays a TV journo on a political beat. Abir Chatterjee and Ankush play her colleagues. This is the first time I am working with Abirda and my god, he is so tall! I have a shoulder ache each time I have to look into his eyes during dialogue delivery. I always tease him on the sets that he should cut his legs and come to the shoot! I am very comfortable with Ankush because weve already worked together in Idiot (now into post-production). And working with Rajda is like a dream come true! she adds.
A month into the shoot, Shrabanti is a fan of her character. I have fallen in love with Naina! I mean it. I wish I could be like her in real life too. She is a feisty woman; she is courageous and daring. She even goes up to the CM and asks uncomfortable questions! In one word, she is fearless.
Shooting apart, the team is also having a lot of fun on the sets. We were shooting in an old house on Chowringhee and Rajda told me theres a room in the house which is full of dead pigeons! I was petrified shooting there. I am still not sure if that was a joke or was real!
Next month, the Kanamachhi team will fly off to a foreign location to shoot the song sequences.
But before that, Shrabanti made a quick trip to Digha with hubby Rajib and son Jhinuk. I love Digha. I love walking on the beach during sunset. Its great fun. Jhinuk too had great fun. Theres a certain charm about Digha that refuses to fade, she smiled.
Next up is a film with Ravi Kinnagi. Im not sure if I will go back to being the bubbly girl on screen again. But I am open to doing roles such as Naina anytime.