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‘I am in love with Naina!’

BeingNaina Chatterjee, the dignified and responsible journalist in Raj Chakraborty’s Kanamachhi, wasn’t 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 we’ve 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 there’s 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. It’s great fun. Jhinuk too had great fun. There’s a certain charm about Digha that refuses to fade,” she smiled.

Next up is a film with Ravi Kinnagi. “I’m 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.”

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