Priyanka Bhattacharjee on switching from TV to Bollywood
Priyanka Bhattacharjee is embarking on a new journey. She’ll be moving to Bombay soon. “I’m doing a Hindi project with renowned actors, but I can’t reveal anything more right now. Dance is my passion and I will do a Hindi music video soon. I’m super excited about my new journey in Bollywood, I’m sure that I can make my family proud. I have lined up a few projects for 2021,” says Priyanka. A candid chat...
Let’s start with a recent video of you and Aparajita Adhya dancing to Senorita on Aparajita’s birthday. How was the experience?
It happened very casually, we always like to dance like anything and Senorita is a favourite song for both of us. It was such a lovely experience to dance with Mamoni.
Tell us about your bond with Aparajita?
This bond is so pure and transparent. Like a mother and daughter. She shares everything with me.
What are your memories of working with her in the serial Maa?
I learnt a lot from her, she helped me to work with a lot of positivity. When I was doing Maa in 2012 I used to get nervous in front of her because of the lines I had to say to her. But she always made me feel so comfortable.
Do you set goals for yourself?
Yes, one of my personal goals for 2021 is to do more work for the national audience. I want to learn many new things from my seniors, want to learn horse-riding and golf also.
You have been acting in serials for 10 years now. What were the high points and challenges?
I feel proud because from a very early age I got the love and support of the audience. I feel so blessed that my nickname Bubly has become my identity in the industry. Till date one of the best characters I have ever played was in Seema Rekha. With such different shades and a completely different look, it was appreciated by all. And I gave my 100 per cent to play that character.
There were many challenges, every day I had to travel a lot. But the best part is that I never shifted to south Calcutta because I love to come back to my home and see my parents after my hectic schedule. It was a big challenge for me to complete my graduation from a reputed college with my favourite subject political science and I did it.
What are the lessons learnt in the 10-year journey?
I respect people and believe in spreading love. A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. I believe in hard work and a little bit of luck.
Good and bad, both kinds of experiences are required in life. I don’t judge people and I will not. I believe in destiny too.
How’s your experience shooting for the film FIR?
It was really special for me since this is my first film, I am really thankful to my director Joydeep Mukherjee for giving me this important character. And I’m really happy to share the screen with Ritabhari Chakraborty, Ankush and Bonny. I still remember during the climax scene Ankushda and the entire directorial team complimented me for my expression.
Tell us about your character?
The character is of a village girl. You will get to see me in a different avatar. I learnt to ride a Scooty to play this character . Also, I loved my character in The Inside Job. I was looking for something challenging as an actor. Since it’s a suspense thriller, I can’t talk much about the story. Working with director Shieladitya Moulik was a learning experience because I loved his film Sweater. As an actor I want to work in select projects that would help me grow.
You are good friends with actors Anamika and Soumitrisha.
They know me, understand me, know where I come from.