Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Known for her achievement of winning to national awards for her performances in Bengali films, the extremely talented Rituparna Sengupta is trying her luck in Bollywood now. Last seen in Main Meri Patni aur Woh, Rituparna is back with her second Hindi flick Unns.
From Bengali films to Bollywood, how has the transition been?
I think it has been a very striking transition. I have done a lot of Bengali films and now I think its time for me to explore new horizons.
Tell us about Unns.
Unns is a beautiful subject; it deals with certain subtle emotions that one experiences in life. Besides working with a director like Bhupendra Gupta was a great experience for me. Unns on the whole is a mix of some really beautiful emotions.
What is your role in the film?
I play a very bubbly character called Riya who gets into a lot of things in life. In the film she starts off as a model, then a wife and finally a mother. She is a very emotional person who deals with lot of stuff that she can't say out. So for me, it was a very beautiful role to play.
Is your character similar to Shilpa Shetty's in Dhadkan?
No. Dhadkan was a different kind of film. The story of Unns is completely different from Dhadkan so I don't think there are any similarities.
How was it working with your co stars in the film?
It was a great experience working with all my costars in the film. Sanjay Kapoor and Sudhanshu Pandey both are very nice human beings. Throughout the shooting of the film they made me feel so comfortable that I felt that I was working in an extended family. Sundhashu did a great job in the film and Sanjay Kapoor plays a very different character in this film. Something which we haven't really seen him do before. Juhi Babbar is a fantastic actor and she played her role efficiently. She had that strength which her character needed in the film.
How was it working with the first time director Bhupendra Gupta?
It never felt to me that this is his first film because he had so much conviction in his script and he was always so sure and confident of what he wanted from us. From his working style it seemed that he is a very experienced director.
Tell us about the music of Unns.
Music plays a key role in the film as this is a musical love story. The music is very subtle and sensitive. Music director Sujeet Shetty has done a great job by creating some melodious tracks and I would say that music is the backbone of Unns. The songs do lot of story telling also, therefore the music completes the film. Pal Pal is my favorite song in the album. I also like 'Teri Noorani Palkoon Mein', and 'Bas Yunhi Sochke'..
The film is said to be a tribute to Late Sunil Dutt.
Sunil Dutt was an intergral part of this film. He was Bhupendraji's mentor whom Bhupiji respected a lot. Sunil Duttji also directed the Mahurat shot of this film, so it was with his blessings that we started shooting for Unns. Though he is not with us anymore, we always felt his presence throughout the making of this film.
Who do you think will walk away with the accolades?
That depends upon the audience.
What other films have you signed?
I am still talking with a couple of producers and listening to some scripts but I haven't signed any movies yet. Maybe I'll sign a couple of movies soon.
Finally, why should the audience watch Unns?
Unns speaks about love and subtle emotions in life so the couples who are married or who are about to marry will relate to the subject very easily. It will give the audiences the taste of pure love.