The women of Sekhar Das's Jogajog talk Tagore and films with t2

The three women in Tagore’s Jogajog — Nistarini, Kumudini and Shyamasundari — are very strong characters. Given a choice who would you have played?

  • Published 12.05.15
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(L-R) Locket Chatterjee, Ananya Chatterjee and Subhalagna at the t2 chat at Chowman in Ballygunge Place. Pictures: B. Halder

The three women in Tagore’s Jogajog — Nistarini, Kumudini and Shyamasundari — are very strong characters. Given a choice who would you have played?

Subhalagna: I don’t think I could’ve played Shyamasundari better than Ananya or Nistarini better than Locket. I also feel that nobody else could’ve played Kumudini better than me! (Laughs)

Ananya Chatterjee: I think the casting is very appropriate. Subhalagna has an innocence and simplicity and she is very fresh so Kumudini suits her better. And Kumudini is a lot younger than Madhusudan (her husband, played by Bratya Basu). Locket is brilliant as Nistarini. Her character is sweet…

Locket Chatterjee: Sweet, sour… everything. She is a loving wife but she is not docile. She protests against her brother-in-law’s (Bratya) secret affair with Shyamasundari, a widow. 

Locket, Ananya and Subhalagna

Which Tagore woman would you love to play on screen?

Locket: Oh, there are so many. Charulata for instance…

Ananya: In most of Tagore’s works Bouthan has a significant role, so Bouthan maybe...

Locket: He always gave priority to women. And he had so many women in his life too! (Smiles) Whether it’s Kadambari, Mrinalini, Indira, Victoria Ocampo, Lady Ranu… and they all came into his life at various stages and his relationship with each of them was so, so different.

Subhalagna: For me, bagging Kumudini in my first film is a great feeling.

Jogajog director Sekhar Das with Ananya at the film’s premiere at Nandan on Friday. 

Will all of you watch Suman Ghosh’s Kadambari, the other Tagore film that released on May 8?

Ananya: Of course we will. It’s very important to watch Bangla films in the theatres otherwise we can’t save Bangla films. The attitude that I won’t watch a Bengali film unless I am in it is wrong.
Subhalagna: Yes, Team Kadambari too should watch our film and Konkona (Sensharma) is my favourite actress.
Locket: I saw the trailer of Kadambari and the film looks so good. The songs are great. 

Cast member Bratya Basu. Pictures: Sayantan Ghosh  

How relevant is Tagore in today’s age and time?

Locket: You mean whether this generation knows or reads Tagore or not? I don’t think so. My son (Prem) hardly reads Tagore. And that is why it’s important that directors explore Tagore on screen. That will help GenX to know and appreciate Tagore.

Ananya: Bengalis will never detach themselves from Rabindranath. It’s impossible to not relate to or identify with characters that the bard has created. He has defined every human emotion and relationship through his work.

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Which is your favourite woman character created by Tagore? Tell t2@abp.in 

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