Arindam Bhattacharya broke many glass ceilings with his first movie Antarleen. He was awarded with Filmfare (East) best debutant director for his first directorial venture. Currently he is busy on his new script and we caught him over the phone directly from Delhi. Following are the excerpts of his interview:
- Where is the black lady – in Delhi or in Kolkata?
Ans: (laughs) From Kolkata to Delhi right now but I will not make her travel anymore. She is bit heavy and may cause injuries, so I will let her be in Delhi.
- It is heavy for sure but how heavy the responsibilities have become after getting that?
Ans: Yes, the responsibilities have become heavy as well. An expectation builds up after all this and that also becomes inspiration for the future.
- You are very cool headed person so how did you planned the killing in the movie?
Ans: For example Bob Biswas is a simple clerk who murders with cool head but murdering is not a cool act (laughs). Yes this kind of things take the movie to a different level. In my next movie there is a character who murders with a cool mind. Murdering in cool mind is an interesting feature.
- Your movie has served as oxygen in Mamata Shankar’s career – what is your take on that?
Ans: There are very few people in Bengali film industry who can do such roles. Yes, it is a bit controversial statement but the only name that comes to my mind is Suchitra Sen and no one else. I had her in mind while writing the script and this is a time when we start doing experiments.
- So the Black lady is a recognition of your fight to break the barriers?
Ans: Yes, definitely and it will go on. My current story will have the same thing and Tollywood has lot of talents.
- You came from outside to do a Bengali movie – was there any problems?
Ans: Not any such problems but one issue that all have to face is getting producers in Bengal. It is because Bengali film producers don’t give chance to new talents and regular stuff gets priority. At one point in time no one was interested to listen to Antarleen script as well. This is the main obstacle in Bengali cinema where we are stuck.
- Now have you got phone from any big production house?
Ans: I don’t want to go that way right now because I want to continue with the same freedom of work that I enjoyed in my last movie. That does not mean that I am saying some house is good or bad. I have offers and they have been in the past as well but not at this moment, may be in future.
- What will be the next good news we can expect?
Ans: For that you need to wait for another month. It is coming into shape right now and this will be totally different this time. The next casting will be a surprise the Bengali film industry. Just wait for a month…
- Last time you took artists from Delhi so this time will it be Mumbai?
Ans: (Laughs) You are very near. I am not getting anyone who can do such a character, this is controversial but I will speak the truth.