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Post-marriage, Shrabanti is on a high with two movies slated to release on April 30. A t2 chat...

Wanted and Amanush — both release on the same day. How are you feeling?

I am excited! Amanush (produced by Shree Venkatesh Films, directed by Rajib Kumar) and Wanted (produced by Ashok Dhanuka, directed by Ravi Kinnagi) are very different as far as my character is concerned. In Amanush, I play an engineering student while Soham plays a geek who’s intelligent but funny. Slowly, my character develops a soft spot for him and grooms him into a handsome guy. In Wanted, I play a bubbly girl from the suburbs who is head over heels in love with Jeet’s character.

You have shed your traditional Indian girl look to go glam for these movies...

Yes. I mostly wore ghagra choli in my comeback film Bhalobasha Bhalobasha. In Dujone (with Dev), I wore long skirts. But in Amanush and Wanted, I wanted to look different. At least in the song sequences. But I cannot look vulgar. I can never sport a bikini on screen! I am married and I have a family, therefore I will never do anything that may hurt my family. And besides, I have to be comfortable in it too, isn’t it?

How comfortable are you doing romantic scenes when your husband Rajib is the director?

Oh, I am very comfortable. Rajib and I have a solid understanding. And he plans so well before a romantic scene that I have no difficulties. We discuss the scene and then I deliver. It’s very easy to work with Rajib because he trusts me completely and he knows that Shrabanti will hug a hero the way she would hug a log of wood! So, he’s okay with the romantic scenes and so am I.

You got married after your debut film with Jeet, Champion, and then returned five years later with Bhalobasha Bhalobasha. How serious are you about your career?

I am very serious because I am very passionate about acting. I have a family now but I will definitely strike a balance between my personal and professional lives. I will work, though not at the cost of my personal life. I am not overtly ambitious but I won’t quit acting again.

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