Her Honeymoon released on Friday without much ado. But there’s no stopping Locket Chatterjee in 2013 with at least five releases and shooting schedules for another three films lined up, making her the busiest babe in Tollywood!
Miss busy bee...
I have finished shooting for Animesh Ray’s thriller Oh! Henry, Manas Basu’s family drama Brishti Bheja Roddur, Aniket Chattopadhyay’s satire Mahapurush Kapurush, Bappaditya Bandopadhyay’s suspense thriller Nayika Sangbad and Anindya Sarkar’s relationship tale Kancher Dewal. I am currently shooting for debutant director Prabhuraj’s Koli opposite Rajesh Sharma. In February I will start shooting for Eki Labonye and Hit Roni Hit opposite Dibyendu. Yes, I have my plate full and I’m in a happy space right now because in all the films I play the lead role and that is a significant development in my life. From playing small, forgettable roles to playing the lead and carrying a film on my shoulders is a huge thing for me.
Big role in small film...
I don’t mind working in small-budget films as long as I have a meaty role. I still work in films whose budget is around 40 lakh, but don’t forget, the producers of such films spend another 50 lakh on promotion. Honeymoon did not have a premiere but the walls of the city are full of its posters. The other thing I like about small-budget films are that we finish them fast and so it’s easier for me to do other projects. We finished Oh! Henry in 15 days flat! Besides, I am happy with what they pay me, even if the budget of the film is less.
Many men in her life...
Yes, I’m lucky I have been paired with various actors on screen. As an actress I’m comfortable working with everyone. In Brishti Bheja Roddur I’ve worked with Joy Sengupta, In Oh! Henry I have teamed up with Dibyendu. In Mahapurush Kapurush I have all my scenes with Bratya Basu. I really loved working with Adil (English Vinglish) Hussain in Kancher Dewal. We play husband and wife and he left no stone unturned to make me feel comfortable. In fact I promised him that on his next visit to Calcutta I would treat him to Golbari’s kosha mangsho!
I want to do good work. It doesn’t have to be lead roles only. I am open to doing bit roles but they must have substance. I have moved on from playing a Pishi or a Mashi who has nothing to do in a film. For instance my role in Mahapurush Kapurush (post-production) is that of a girl who gets exploited by the sadhu (Bratya) and people will not forget her easily. I’m looking forward to doing more such roles.
Li’ sleuth: After Feluda and Bomkesh Bakshi, get ready to encounter li’ detective Gogol (Ahijit Ghosh) in Arindam Dey’s Shonali Parer Rahasya. In between shooting for Chhaya Manush, starring Raima Sen and Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Arindam has quietly done Shonali Parer Rahasya, an adventure film based on the Samaresh Basu story in Puri. “I started shooting Shonali Parer Rahasya in August. The film is slated to release in March. Rachana plays Gogol’s mother and Indraneil plays a detective,” said Arindam. “I have bought the copyright for three-four stories and all of them are travelogues. I have plans to make a series on Gogol. But first let’s see how the audience react to this one,” he added. So what is the plot? “In Shonali Parer Rahasya, Gogol goes to Puri with his parents for a holiday. One day he enters a deserted house which the locals call ghost house. There he finds the body of a woman in the courtyard. How Gogol solves the mystery of the murdered woman is what the film is about.”