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His fancy name is an invention...

Of his para friends. “My real name is Dipanjan Bhattacharya,” reveals this popular face on Bangla TV.

And he is following in the footsteps of Akshay Kumar...

For Jack worked in a hotel before stepping into the world of showbiz. While Akki was a cook in a Bangkok restaurant, Jack, a hotel management graduate, held an assistant banquet manager’s post at a hotel in Varanasi.

But histrionics, not hospitality, was his true calling...

So, Jack kicked his job and returned home to try his luck in Tollywood. “I wasn’t happy with what I was doing and so decided to try acting. I have been involved with a theatre troupe since childhood, so acting wasn’t alien to me.... Besides, I think acting is in my genes. My grandfather was a cop but he gave up his job to become an actor,” laughs the 32-year-old.

His first serial never got aired...

But Jack got noticed in his second serial Manik on Doordarshan. It fetched him a small role in ETV Bangla’s Tithir Atithi and then there was no looking back. “My big break was playing the lead opposite the title character (Parno Mitra) in Ravi Ojha’s Mohona on Zee Bangla. It has been my most satisfying experience. My character Agniswar was a ruthless guy but very emotional at heart.”

Now, Jack is juggling a host of roles...

He is a guy from the past in Zee Bangla’s reincarnation drama Asambhav and a mysterious do-gooder in ETV Bangla’s Krishnakali.

Films are on his agenda...

But Jack is not game for just about anything. “I do get offers now and then but I am waiting for the right role,” he says.

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