Tollywood top girls on the go, at a glance

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 4.09.04

Koneenica Banerjee

DoB: May 21, 1980

Bookmark: Graduated in commerce from South City College

Screen debut: TV serial Swapnanil on Alpha Bangla; Moloy Bhattacharya’s Teen Ekke Teen was her first feature film

Ready for release: Ravi Ojha’s Aabar Aashbo Phire co-starring Saswata Chatterjee

Screen idols: Madhubala, Madhuri Dixit, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts

Timepass: Listening to music, going on a long drive, chatting with friends at coffee shops

Voiceover: I had tremendous confidence in Koneenica’s acting abilities when I signed her. I needed a fresh face who could deliver the two completely different roles and she fitted the bill. She is good both in comedy and drama — Ravi Ojha, director

USP: A natural, they say, bubbly and bright

Sohini Pal

DoB: December 31, 1986

Bookmark: Studying in Class XII (commerce), Lakshmipat Singhania Academy

Screen debut: Anjan Dutt’s Bow Barracks Forever, slated for December release

On floor: Ekti Meye Tamashi, directed by Salilmoy Ghosh, opposite Jishu Sengupta

Screen idols: Kajol, Madhuri Dixit, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Aparna Sen

Timepass: Reading Sidney Sheldon, listening to music, chatting with friends

Voiceover: Sohini is very talented and cooperative. If she isn’t satisfied with a shot, she would request me to do it again. She tries to give her best — Salilmoy Ghosh, director

USP: Bloodline (Tapas Pal’s daughter), spontaneity

Chandana Bhowmick

DoB: August 7, 1982

Bookmark: Graduated in sociology from Mithibhai College, Mumbai

Screen debut: Teen serial Just Mohabbat on Sony TV, Shree Venkatesh’s Premi, opposite Jeet and Jishu Sengupta, was her first film

In hand: A Telugu film and a Bengali film opposite Jeet

Screen idols: Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeifer, Kajol, Nargis, mom

Timepass: Travelling, watching films, water sports

Voiceover: Though she wasn’t brought up in this city she didn't take time to adjust herself to the surroundings. Chandana is hardworking and would do her homework before coming to the sets — Jeet

USP: Vivacious, very comfortable in front of the camera, fluent in all three languages, bloodline (daughter of Anjana Bhowmick, sister of Nelanjana)

Swastika Mukherjee

DoB: December 13

Bookmark: Couldn’t complete her graduation

Screen debut: Cameo in Urmi Chakraborty’s Hemanter Pakhi

Ready for release: Ravi Kinnagi’s Mastan, co-starring Jeet

On floor: Biresh Chatterjee’s Tobu Bhalobashi, opposite Prosenjit

In hand: Tathagata Bhattacharya’s Ispat co-starring Tota Roy Chowdhury; Goutam Ghose’s Banshi

Screen idols: Kajol, Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeifer

Timepass: Listening to music, chatting with daughter

Voiceover: Ever since I narrated the script to her, she has been totally involved. Her performance has been just brilliant — Biresh Chatterjee, director

USP: Bloodline (Santu Mukherjee’s daughter), quiet determination

Reshmi Ghosh

DoB: July 20

Bookmark: Graduate in communicative English from Jogomaya Devi College

Screen debut: Telefilm Bhalobasha Theke Jay on Alpha Bangla, cameo in Subrata Sen’s Ek Je Achhe Konya was big-screen break

Ready for release: Saazish, Tum Se Milkar,

On floor: Bhay and Benares 1918: A Love Story

In hand: Tridib Poddar’s untitled venture co-starring Jishu Sengupta and Param-brata Chatterjee

Screen idols: Aparna Sen, Suchitra Sen

Timepass: Chilling out with friends, watching films

Voiceover: She was quite impressive in the screen test. Reshmi has matured in her expressions, too. Besides, with her dusky appearance and sharp features, she fitted into the role very well Tridib Poddar, director

USP: The model-turned-actress has a sultry appeal, plenty of poise

Koel Mullick

DoB: April 28, 1982

Bookmark: BSc (hons) in psychology from Gokhale Memorial College

Screen debut: Haranath Chakraborty’s Nater Guru opposite Jeet

Ready for release: Raja Sen’s Devipaksha, Sudeshna Roy-Abhijit Guha’s Shudhu Tumi and Shankar Roy’s Badshah (both co-starring Prosenjit)

On floor: Shree Ventakesh’s untitled film co-starring Jeet

Screen idols: Demi Moore, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Sabitri Chatterjee

Timepass: Catching up with friends, listening to music

Voiceover: I am into my second film with her. She is spontaneous, hardworking and very professional. Koel has really groomed herself well — Jeet

USP: Bloodline (Ranjit Mullick’s daughter), charming smile, camera-friendly