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- Published 2.06.10
An upper middle class housewife is what Rituparna Sengupta plays in Necklace. “I am looking very different in this get-up and I really like it,” says Rituparna, sporting a slinky nightdress. “Though she has never really done a comedy before, Rituparna is brilliant,” says Sekhar Das.
Unkempt hair tied with red ribbons and a sun-tanned face is locket chatterjee’s look in sekhar das’s necklace. “i play kanakchapa, a thief’s wife who enters a couple’s house and finds their lost necklace,” says locket, flaunting the expensive neckpiece.
It’s a breakfast scene where shikha and her husband biswanath (rituparna and ritwick chakraborty) wonder how shikha’s precious necklace could go missing from the house. Ritwick takes a bite from the vegetable sandwich and spits it out immediately after the shot. “this is my 10th bite and the sandwiches are cold and soggy! It’s tough being an actor,” ritwick laughs.
“i never knew comedy could be so challenging and fun at the same time! It’s not easy doing comedy. Besides, sekharda insists that we keep it natural and simple. It can’t be over the top at all,” says rituparna.
Dark glasses, a thick moustache and a leather hat form rudranil ghosh’s dress code. He is kestopada, the thief trying to break into shikha-biswanath’s posh apartment.
“i know i don’t look like a thief in this get-up but that’s the twist. Kestopada is unlike the gamchha and lungi-clad thieves. He earns rs 30,000-40,000 a month and the way he conducts the theft is also very innovative,” says rudranil.
Just as he tries to prise open a balcony window, biswanath spies something wrong and comes out. “i try to scare him with an iron rod. But when i see him dressed in all black, i get a bit scared,” laughs ritwick.
Kanakchapa comes to live with shikha and biswanath after her husband hurts himself while fleeing and falls off the balcony.
“Kanakchapa experiences the good life as she starts living with the couple. She even sips wine and croons raat akeli hai! I will sing the song myself,” says an excited locket. “and look at the look sekharda has given me! My nails are dirty... I am dabbing pancake on my face for a tanned look and brushing my hair with powder to make it dry and frizzy! What’s worse, i can’t visit the parlour till i’m done with the shoot. Which means no facials, no shampoo and no pedicure and manicure for me! It’s my most difficult role,” she adds.