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Wednesday , November 7 , 2012
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Name: Soumendra Bhattacharya

Age: 21

College: Economics honours, Presidency University.

Special mention: Founder of youth theatre group MAD (Mad About Drama), which started with four friends, all stage buffs. Some nine months on, you’d have to be slightly “mad” not to know MAD if you were a young theatre enthusiast in the city! MAD’s production, A Good Play, ran to a packed theatre in the city last week.

Claim to fame: Soumen recently got the best actor award at Admit One, an inter-college theatre fest in Bangalore. Also, his performance as the unpredictable psychiatrist, Purushottam Roy, for MAD’s play Seven Deaths and a Funeral at Gyan Manch was much appreciated.

Starting point: “One day, while I was in school, I realised just how much I loved the stage, where I could become any character. People praised my performances, which gave me the confidence to pursue my passion,” says the Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway fan.

Next step: “With MAD making a mark, I am even more determined to take my acting career forward. We hope to hold shows on a bigger scale and introduce various art forms of Calcutta in our productions. It would be great if some day Anjan Dutt made a film with the members of MAD, like he did Madly Bangali with Tin Can,” smiles the young actor.

Long-term: Soumen wants to become a professional actor, not a “star”. His dream is to own a production house, through which he wants to promote new talent. “There was no one to help me when I started out. With my experience I would like to encourage aspiring actors,” he says. A die-hard admirer of Christopher Nolan, Soumen wants to work in and make good films too.

Family matters: “I doubt if any parent is as supportive as mine have been! They even let me perform just before my university exams. Though my mother keeps cribbing that I’ve not got home before 10.30pm for the past year, I know they worry because they care,” smiles the “wise” dude.

Abhinanda Datta

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