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I don’t mind flaunting cleavage

RITUPARNA SENGUPTA

TO SHOW OR NOT TO SHOW

Cleavage: I think we all show cleavage at some point of time on screen. There’s no conscious effort on my part to reveal my cleavage, but I don’t mind flaunting it in an intelligent manner. One shouldn’t be sloppy and cheesy.

Bare back: I wear very low-cut blouses!

Thighs: I recently wore a very short skirt for Marjada. As long as it doesn’t look vulgar and obnoxious I am game.

Belly button: No problem, even a sari reveals the belly button.

TO WEAR OR NOT TO WEAR

Noodle strap: I find it very attractive and I know I have the body to carry it off.

Miniskirt: I know my body and miniskirts go with my personality.

Tube top: My favourite! I love to sport a tube top, skirt and a jacket.

Bikini: Not my cup of tea. I am not comfortable and one needs a size zero figure to carry off a bikini.

TO DO OR NOT TO DO

Undress to show lingerie: No, I don’t cater to such an audience and I wouldn’t do something like that.

Get wet in a transparent sari or dress: I have done that in so many films. If the sari is teamed with an embellished blouse then it looks beautiful.

Liplock: No, I am not comfortable.

Bed scenes: Yes, I am game if it is done aesthetically. I have a bed scene with Randeep (Hooda) in Love Game. I had one in Unns too. But they have that feeling of warmth. They are shot very beautifully.

Mouth obscenities or vulgar dialogues: No, I am very bad with it. There were a few vulgar dialogues in Mando Meyer Upakhyan and more than feeling uncomfortable I didn’t enjoy doing it. Besides, it doesn’t go with my face and personality.

The boldest thing you’ve done on screen: I once punched a villain so hard that he broke his nose bone! (Chuckles). I have done many bold scenes... sizzling dances, rain sequences and all that.

Would you do what Seema Biswas did in Bandit Queen (full frontal)?

No never.

BODY TALK

How comfortable are you with your body?

I am extremely comfortable with my body. I think I have a very flexible body that can carry off any costume. But I have a tendency to put on weight and I keep a watch on that.

What special care do you take of your body?

Nothing really, I just stop eating when I tend to put on weight. I do a little bit of yoga, drink lots of fluids and always keep myself active.

When home alone, you prefer going around in...

Pyjamas, shirt or a short skirt or a longish shirt.

I’d only go nude with the man in my life!

Swastika mukherjee

TO SHOW OR NOT TO SHOW

Cleavage: I don’t mind as long as it doesn’t look indecent. After all, our films cater to a family audience where I am required to play either a wife or a daughter. I have no qualms in revealing my cleavage, but I have to look beautiful and have a shapely figure. And I have revealed my cleavage in many songs in my films, so it’s not an issue.

Bare back: Oh yes, I am very comfortable. I wear backless dresses off-screen all the time. I have worn a lot of backless cholis in Partner also. I think I have a proper shapely back to expose!

Thighs: I am not very comfortable but I have worn miniskirts in Priyatama and very short pants in Sangharsha for a beach song. I would only show thighs if what I am wearing looks sporty, like teaming it up with a nice top or a hat.

Belly button: I am not very comfortable though I have tried wearing a lehenga choli with a stick-on in my navel. But I am not very comfortable.

TO WEAR OR NOT TO WEAR

Noodle strap: I am very comfortable with it. I wear a lot of halter necks with just two tie-ups. I had worn a lot of noodle straps in my debut film Tobu Bhalobashi opposite Bumbada (Prosenjit).

Miniskirt: I will if my director asks me to.

Tube top: Absolutely no problem.

Bikini: Well, I don’t think heroines in Bengali films need to wear a bikini because such films are not made. But I really wouldn’t mind wearing a bikini teamed with a sarong. I can’t be daring enough to just wear a bikini!

TO DO OR NOT TO DO

Undress to show lingerie: No way, I don’t think I cater to such an audience. Besides it doesn’t go with my image, face and profile. It would look vulgar and whore-ish and it would mean unnecessary exposure. I don’t want people to lech at me!

Get wet in a transparent sari or dress: I have done it already for Nayak. I wore a white sheer chiffon sari teamed with a bikini blouse. It was very sensuous.

Liplock: I did it in Kranti with Jeet and in Krishnakanter Will with Jeet again. But I have done it with others too. I am not just comfortable with Jeet alone!

Bed scenes: I had done it at the start of my career in an ETV Bangla telefilm and also in Krishnakanter Will. But it wasn’t vulgar at all. Recently, I shot a bold bed scene with Amitabha Bhattacharya in Mahesh Michigan’s Hello Kolkata. If the script requires it, I am game.

Mouth obscenities or vulgar dialogues: Not really. I have a problem with slang. But I have uttered a few slang words in Nayak, where I played a prostitute.

How important is your co-actor’s role in intimate scenes?

Not just the co-actor, the entire unit makes a difference when we shoot steamy moments.

What is the boldest dress you’ve worn on screen?

It’s a relative term. For me wearing a daring backless top isn’t bold. One just needs to be in shape. My boldest dress is the one I have worn for the t2 cover!

Would you do what Seema Biswas did in Bandit Queen (full frontal)?

No. I wouldn’t be comfortable. Besides, I would only go nude with the man in my life. He would have that exclusive right!

BODY TALK

How comfortable are you with your body?

I am very comfortable with my body and now that I have lost a lot of weight I feel very satisfied and happy with myself.

What special care do you take of your body?

I get a lot of massages done with olive oil and I go for scrubs. That apart, I always bathe with lukewarm water.

When home alone, you prefer going around in...

Minimum clothes to cover my essentials! But one should go around in lingerie only if somebody is there to see and appreciate, otherwise it’s a waste!

I can do a full frontal if...

Parno Mitra

TO SHOW OR NOT TO SHOW

Cleavage: I don’t mind if it’s justified in the script. Also, a lot depends on the banner and the director. If it’s just to attract audience attention then I wouldn’t.

Bare back: Yes, why not. I wear bare-back outfits in real life too. It’s no big deal really.

Thighs: I would, but not at the moment because I don’t have a well-toned body!

Belly button: I have no mental block but for that I have to have a body like Mallika Sherawat!

TO WEAR OR NOT TO WEAR

Noodle strap: I know I can carry them off well. I know my body and I know what looks good on me.

Miniskirt: If my director asks me to wear one.

Tube top: Absolutely no problem.

Bikini: Again for that I have to have a well-toned body like Mallika Sherawat. But does Tollywood churn out such sexy movies where the heroines saunter around in bikinis? Our films lack that kind of exposure. We don’t have a Dhoom:2, do we?

TO DO OR NOT TO DO

Undress to show lingerie: If the script really, really requires me to do something like that then I will definitely give it a second thought.

Get wet in a transparent sari or dress: Oh yes, I would love to do it. Didn’t Sridevi create magic with the most sensuous rain song in Mr India?

Liplock: Yes, why not? I did it in my first film Ghat in Mumbai. (The film hasn’t released.) I was paired opposite a newcomer and he couldn’t kiss; I knew it the moment I kissed him!

Bed scenes: If it’s there in the script then why not?

Mouth obscenities or vulgar dialogues: If it’s a very big banner film then I would.

What is the boldest dress you’ve worn on screen?

I had done a photo shoot in Mumbai wearing a bikini! But nobody got to see it.

Would you do what Seema Biswas did in Bandit Queen (full frontal)?

Well, for that somebody has to make another Bandit Queen. Then I surely will. I mean, who wouldn’t?

BODY TALK

How comfortable are you with your body?

I am very comfortable. But nowadays I am a little sad because I have put on weight, so I am not flaunting my body much.

What special care do you take of your body?

I do pranayam, control my diet, and occasionally drop into a spa and also go for an oil massage.

When home alone, you prefer going around in...

Hot pants, which are really short, and spaghettis! Outside, I often wear backless tops and micro minis.

Parno, a TV star, is poised for her tolly debut
picture by pabitra das; make-up: NABIN DAS;
STYLIST: ANUPAM CHATTERJEE

I know I sound a little boring but…

Koel Mullick

TO SHOW OR NOT TO SHOW

Cleavage: It depends on how much cleavage is shown. There are dresses with very low cuts extending till your navel, while a simple blouse may reveal a little cleavage. I am comfortable with the second option.

Bare back: I don’t mind wearing a beautiful blouse with a low cut at the back, provided it looks aesthetic.

Thighs: Since I am an actress, I wouldn’t mind wearing a short skirt but not a micro mini because what is the point if I wear one and am constantly trying to pull it down!

Belly button: Not really.

TO WEAR OR NOT TO WEAR

Noodle strap: I don’t mind wearing a noodle strap. It’s a nice thing and very girlie too.

Miniskirt: I will wear a miniskirt but the length will be according to my comfort level. A micro mini is a strict no-no.

Tube top: Never thought about it.

Bikini: No never. I am a very conservative person and all my directors know this fact. So they would never approach me with such a role.

TO DO OR NOT TO DO

Undress to show lingerie: No. I know I sound a little boring but...

Get wet in a transparent sari or dress: The concept of getting wet in a transparent sari is so dated. Heroines in the ’70s would do that because for the rest of the film they would be all covered up. But now we wear revealing outfits most of the time. I did get wet in the rains in Premer Kahini but I wore a white salwar kameez and I think that really looked good. I don’t mind wearing a thick chiffon sari in the rain.

Liplock: No, I like to leave things to the audience’s imagination. If a kissing scene is completely unavoidable then I would prefer a cheat kiss.

Bed scene: I don’t mind sleeping beside my co-actor in bed, but nothing beyond that!

Vulgar dialogues: If the character demands it and I accept the role, I will.

BODY TALK

How comfortable are you with your body?

I am extremely comfortable with my body. I love myself.

What special care do you take of your body?

Nothing. I have never done a facial or a body massage. Just some basic meditation and a disciplined lifestyle, which is reflected on my skin and face.

When home alone, you prefer going around in...

Pyjamas and T-shirts.

I am game for micro minis & hot pants!

Subhashree

TO SHOW OR NOT TO SHOW

Cleavage: Although I am not really comfortable, I will do it if the role needs me to. But my character has to be strong and look real.

Bare back: It depends on how well I can carry off a bare back on screen. I have chosen acting as my profession and so I can’t be choosy about skin show provided I look real on screen.

Thighs: Yes, why not. I am game for micro minis and hot pants!

Belly button: I don’t mind, but it has to look real and not vulgar.

TO WEAR OR NOT TO WEAR

Noodle strap: I have no qualms wearing a noodle strap. I don’t mind wearing them in real life either.

Miniskirt: I will wear one if my director asks me to.

Tube top: No problem.

Bikini: A bikini is a strict no-no, but a single-piece swimming costume is fine.

TO DO OR NOT TO DO

Undress to show lingerie: No, I won’t do that. I respect girls who have the guts to do it!

Get wet in a transparent sari or dress: Oh yes! If it was something like what Sridevi did in Mr India then I would definitely do it. That’s not vulgar. In fact I’m sure the audience enjoyed watching it as much as Sridevi enjoyed dancing in the rain.

Liplock: I am not averse to it provided it’s a Rituparno Ghosh or an Aparna Sen film. Not for any Tom, Dick or Harry’s commercial film.

Bed scenes: Same as above.

Mouth obscenities or vulgar dialogues: It depends on what character I am portraying. If I accept a prostitute’s role who speaks obscene language, then that’s fine.

BODY TALK

How comfortable are you with your body?

I am very comfortable with my body except my nose. I don’t like my nose.

What special care do you take of your body?

I hit the gym regularly, I follow a diet and occasionally go for a body massage.

When home alone, you prefer going around in...

Cotton pants and top.

Subhashree is two films old in tolly.
Picture by pabitra das make-up: NABIN DAS;
STYLIST: ANUPAM CHATTERJEE

I had no problems undressing and revealing my back...

Indrani Halder

What was your brief for the brutal bed scene in Jara Brishtite Bhijechhilo?

Anjanda (Das) had read out the sequence to me and had briefed me about how much I should expose. But he also told me that in the scene how much I expose wasn’t important, rather how well I could portray the pain and humiliation. It was the first night of the bride with her husband and she was being raped brutally. So more than skin show it required a lot of acting, experience and skill.

Were you apprehensive before agreeing?

No, I have been part of realistic cinema since childhood. I have done far more daring scenes in Anu and smooches in Dahan. So it was a smooth sail for me.

How did you react when you saw the scene?

I reacted exactly the same way the audience reacted to the scene. It was one of the most brutal rape scenes and the shot was exactly the way it was meant to be. I was very happy after watching it.

How important is your comfort level with the co-actor?

In Jara Brishtite Bhijechhilo I had a great co-star, Sudip (Mukherjee). We are friends off-screen too. It’s a lot easier when the co-star is a friend. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t do it with a newcomer. After all we are professionals. Like in Dahan my co-star Sanjeev Dasgupta had inhibitions doing the smooch sequences. Rituda (Rituparno Ghosh) asked me to make him feel comfortable, so we did rehearsals together, interacted with each other on a personal level and the shot got okayed.

Are you uncomfortable with skin show?

Not if the script requires me to do it and I am convinced. There was a scene in Jara Brishtite Bhijechhilo where I had to undress, revealing my back. I was wearing a skin-coloured bustier but had to pull it down as it was showing on camera. I wasn’t uncomfortable because I was very much at ease with my director and cinematographer (Shirsha Roy). And Sudip guarded me till I changed.

Where would you draw the line?

I would never do what Seema Biswas did in Bandit Queen, going full frontal nude that is. Neither would I be comfortable showing too much of my lower back.

I don’t do nyakamo...

Roopa Ganguly

What was your brief for the tease-the-priest scene in Antarmahal?

Ritu (Rituparno Ghosh) told me to make the scene look like I was not wearing a sari. As it is I wasn’t wearing a blouse. In fact when he narrated the scene he wanted to take a frontal nude shot, but I wasn’t very comfortable.

Then he asked me if he could use a body double, but I wasn’t comfortable with that idea either because people would still think it was me. Maybe I can never be comfortable with a nude scene. Besides I felt that it wasn’t necessary to be nude for the scene that was meant to evoke a lot of pathos. In those days the only powerful weapon a woman had was her body and my character film was using that. So it was justified. Showing full frontal would have deflected the attention of the audience. Later, Ritu agreed with my point of view.

How much did you have to strip?

I had to lower my sari a lot for the scene. I had to bare a lot of my shoulders, so I couldn’t wear a bra.

What about the menstruation scene?

That was a very daring scene as I had to sit with my legs apart smeared in blood. But I was comfortable with it.

How did you react when you saw the scene?

I reacted exactly the way one should react. It was a very painful scene. I had sneaked into a theatre to watch the audience reaction and there were no taunts or sighs. Everyone was quiet.

Any real inhibitions?

No. I was inhibited when I began my career in Tollywood but now I am comfortable with whatever I am asked to do. I did a bold scene in (Aparna Sen’s) Yugant opposite Anjan (Dutt). I did an entire scene wearing just a blouse and petticoat. Although now it may seem natural, I did that 12 years back.... Once I am on the sets and I get into the character, nothing really bothers me. I have done many films where I had to wear a sari without a blouse and even on the set I used to sit like that. I don’t do such nyakamo where I have to wrap myself in a shawl. On the sets I am not Roopa, I am the character.

How important is your comfort level with the co-actor?

Very important. If my co-actor is conscious it would be very difficult to do an intimate scene. In Yugant, Anjan was a little uncomfortable but I made him feel comfortable.

Where would you draw the line?

I am not comfortable with the idea of going nude on screen. I mean I don’t think I can pull off a Seema Biswas in Bandit Queen. It’s not a mental block, it’s just that I am not very comfortable with the idea. But if it’s indispensable to the script then I might give it a second thought.

Text: Kushali Nag
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