Meghnadbodh Rohoshyo actress Gargee Roychowdhury reveals a lesser known side of herself and her co-stars Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Abir Chatterjee, and director Anik Datta.
ON DIRECTOR ANIK
He is a foodie and he loves to eat. His favourite is Bengali food, especially maachh, shukto and dal.
He loves to be in selfies. But he won’t take one. Always tells others, ‘Why don’t you take a selfie?’ and then quickly steps into the frame.
I was supposed to act in Bhooter Bhobishyot but it didn’t work out.
Anikda is actually quite a nervous kind of man. That comes across maybe because he is a perfectionist. But he is really affectionate and protective.
ON SCREEN HUBBY SABYASACHI
Benuda is a really calm and cool person. But he can lose his cool too. Since he is a gentleman he masks it well. The tip of his nose turns red! His excuse? He says it happens because of an allergy!
He sings really well. One day he sang Akash bhora surjo tara in the make-up room.
He can modulate his voice really well.
If someone gets pimples, he tells them to apply toothpaste! That’s his tip.
ON SCREEN FRIEND ABIR
Abir spends a lot of time on his cell phone. But it’s not that he is always busy checking mail or texts. At times he stares at the phone when the screen is blank! Also, he is very inquisitive, in a positive sense, and loves to learn new things. I really like this trait of his a lot. He is well-read and well-informed.
He shakes his legs when he is thinking hard or reading a script.
He is very particular about his diet. On one occasion, when I was about to have something, he reminded me of my routine. He is very caring.
He has a thing for sunglasses!
I am traditional in a way. There is no doubt about it. I love the mystery of the sari. But I have this bohemian streak in me. And there is this aggressive side to me as well. Now I understand all of this, and it comes through in my acting. I feel every artiste needs this bohemian streak.
I get bored if I can’t connect with someone. It’s very important for me to connect. I love wisdom, smartness and wit in people.
I love to sleep. If I get angry, I sleep it off. If I am sad, I do the same as well. Maybe because I don’t get my desired amount of forty winks that I am attracted to it.
There’s a place I go to in south Calcutta, almost four-five times a week… it’s the home of two of my friends… they are my world. We have been friends for 25 years. If I disappear, you’ll find me in their home.
If you had to play a detective, who would it be?
Maybe a teacher who solves mysteries. Or someone who is wheel chair-bound. A homely person. You wouldn’t think of her as a private eye, but she is so cerebral. Someone with sharp features. Her hands are toned. Her eyes have this spark of intelligence.
Text: Arindam Chatterjee
Picture: Rashbehari Das