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A xaverian in galileo and taasher desh

Name: Kheya Chattopadhyay

Age: 21.

College: Third year, bachelors in multimedia, St. Xavier’s College.

Claim to fame: She played Anjan Dutt’s daughter, Virginia, in Galileo, which opened on October 7 and ran till October 27.

Kheya has been involved with theatre from a very young age. As part of youth theatre group LOK, she has performed on various platforms all over India, apart from acting in a number of student films. But feature film is also not far behind. She will soon be seen in Q’s Taasher Desh and Anjan Dutt’s Dutta Vs Dutta. She has also featured in advertisements, among which is one for MTS.

Starting point: A culturally inclined family with a focus on singing, dance and art was her creative cradle, says Kheya. “I started off with fests, elocution, debates and activities organised in school as well as theatre in my para in Salt Lake.” On the big screen, Taasher Desh is her first.

Next step: Her immediate goal, says the young lady, is “to complete my graduation”. Kheya is also looking forward to working in LOK’s next few productions, apart from feature films and ads.

Family matters: “She’s a mystery to all of us, always restless and enigmatic. She lives in a world of her own and she has taken all major decisions of her life by herself. She is independent and never backs down from a challenge. And it has been heart-warming to see her grow up and start working and doing what she loves,” says mom Ratna.

Success mantra: “It’s been a roller-coaster ride for quite a few years. What with my work and my studies, managing everything is a struggle. But I feel good when I look back, and I feel happy when I think of the future. There’s so much that I have to do, so much to prove. As Leonard Cohen said, ‘There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in’,” concludes Kheya.

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Favourite films: Meghe Dhaka Tara, Easy Rider and Dear Frankie.

Favourite actors: Sean Penn, Helena Bonham Carter and Jodie Foster.

Favourite director: Quentin Tarantino.

Role I would love to play: Amelie Poulain from Amelie and Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Inspirations: Janis Joplin, Bjork, Leonard Cohen.

Favourite photographer: Henri Cartier Bresson.

Shrestha Saha