A resident of Khagra in Behrampore, Sushanta Raha, is now a star. He has acted in the recent Bengali film Mistake and has made his town proud.
Raha, 49, works as the official driver of the additional superintendent of police in the district, Indra Chakraborty. But in his spare time, Raha hones his acting skills.
He has trained with the Behrampore Repertory Theatre Group, of which he is still a part. In 2008, he was the joint winner of a popular Bengali comedy competition, Sera Majaru. He had also participated in other comedy shows.
But his small role of a drunkard in Mistake, whose director goes by the name S.K., has catapulted him to fame.
When he appeared in the first scene, his wife Saraswati Raha could not recognise him. She did in the next. His family members, including son Sourav and daughter Suparna, are proud of him.
Raha said: “The day before the shooting in Tollygunge in Calcutta, I worked till 9 in the evening, went back home to take a bath, had dinner and caught the train to Calcutta at 11pm. I reached the studio and shot for the whole day. The next morning, I was back at the steering of the additional superintendent’s car.”
Raha says he is well known in the police force for his acting skills, but he feels best when someone on the street says: “You look exactly like the actor in Mistake.” And then asks, “Are you that actor?”