Every actor's dream remains to be in a Tagore period flick once: Subrat Dutta
Kolkata, July 3 (IBNS) His hunger increasing after portraying Sachis in Tagore's Chaturanga by Suman Mukhopadhyay way back in 2008, 'Madholal Keep Walking' actor Subrat Dutta took a few minutes to give nod when approached for another complex role of Sandip in the bard's take on Swadeshi movement, 'Ghare Baire.'
"When I first heard Reema (Mukherjee) is thinking about me as Sandip I simply thought wow!!! Is there anyone in this earth not wishing to portray Sandip in Ghare Baire! I gave my words and then I asked her if it was in Bengali.
"She replied no (since) with the change in times the audience profile has changed. So a period flick in Hindi is more befitting for an all India audience," Subrat tells IBNS before the premiere of the film 'Ardhangini - Ek Ardhsatya', re-adaptation of Ghare Baire, at state-run film complex Nandan here last Friday evening.
Drawing parallels with the Satyajit Ray made Ghare Baire in Bengali in 1984, he says, "At the time Ray made the film starring so many stalwarts of Indian cinema, there were only standalone cinema halls for screening."
"Now the present generation is more comfy to watch films through different mediums including you tube and the Hindi-speaking and following audience has proliferated everywhere of the country. But off course a Tagore-inspired work will remain a Tagore-inspired work, in whatever language it's made. You can't tinker in terms of literariness, nuances, expression and overall the classical pace and pattern," he says.
The film also stars Maratha cinema's leading actor Subodh Bhave (Nikhilesh) and Bengali heroine Sreelekha Mitra (Bimala) besides veteran actor Manoj Mitra, Reema Lagoo, Varsha Usgaonkar;
"The film put lots of emphasis on human relations," Subrat says.
Subrat, who sounds more interested about present trend in Bengali films, says he is pinning a lot of hope on Srijit Mukherjee exploding into national scene in 'Begum Jaan'.
"I can say he will impart a lot of sensibilities in the Hindi version and create his own mark," he says about the Hindi re-adaptaton of Bengali block-buster on partition and plight of women-centric 'Rajkahini' starring Vidya Balan.
Incidentally Rajkahini has won the best actress (Rituparna Sengupta), best supporting actress (Jaya Ahsan), and best actor in a negative role (Jisshu Sengupta) at IBFA, NABC today.
On his future projects, Subrat, the 'Talaash' actor says he is pitted with Seema Biswas in a film on social issues besides turning up in a Puneet Isar mainstream.
"We need different flowers - rose, lotus - in a flower shop as they together make up a collage of art."
"if I can do different genres of films, will sustain as an actor," he elaborates while calling for improving basic conditions including better washrooms in fast dwindling single screens of Bengal to wean over the educated Bengali middle class audiences to the films screening in theatres.
Director Reema Mukherjee says, she wanted a mobile face like Subrat with theatre background to portray Sandip.
"And he blazed the shots."
To another question, Reema says, she is not for any comparison with the maestro's Ghare Baire.
"No comparison with Ray's Ghare Baire. I did try to find answers to certain queries of mine while reading the novel and the way I interpreted the characters. For instance I have not used Rabindra Sangeet though music plays an important role in this film. There are a whole lot of songs from different genres in my film but no Tagore songs.
"Tell me was there any Tagore song in Ghare Baire which literary work? There was no..," she signs off..
To another query Reema says, the 2011 made film took so long for release as she did not find any distributors.
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