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Rituparno explores Bollywood

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Rituparna Sengupta might have conquered a million hearts in Bengal but it's not enough for the talented actress who wants to shine bright in Bolywood too. After an unsuccessful Teesra Kaun, some thirteen years back, Rituparna made a fairly decent comeback in Bollywood with Main, Meri Patni Aur Wo in 2005. Looks like the National Award winning actress's dream is close to getting fulfilled as she is working on interesting Bollywood films that has given her enough reasons to smile. "I am in a movie with Sunny Deol directed by Ashwini Chaudhry and I am playing the role of an upright woman. It is not an art movie but a commercial film and the theme is society related". And the rest of the projects in her platter are pretty interesting too. "Presently I am shooting for Gauri opposite Atul Kulkarni and Anupam Kher, which is produced by R. Mohan and then there is Saab Chai Paani which is similar to Ardh Satya where I am opposite Sonu Sood. There is Ujjwal Chatterjee's film based on Rabindranath Tagore's novel with Jackie Shroff and Ashmit Patel and Sirf which is a contemporary movie that has Manisha Koirala too", she gushes.

But that doesn't mean she is ignoring films in other languages. "I am doing a Bengali movie Anuranon opposite Rahul Bose and I have Hidden which is with British stage actors Samuel Risby, Stuart Parker and Akshay Walker. This is an English thriller movie", she informs.

The fiery lady has an explanation behind her looking at expanding her horizons so vigorously. "Actually I have been in Bengali movies for many years and I have done lots of major movies there. So now I want to explore Bollywood also and I am happy it is happening. I want my creativity not to be limited only to Bengali movies but I want to spread it in Bollywood also", she puts forth her view.

Differences she finds aplenty between Bollywood and Tollywood but is okay with the same. "There is definitely a huge difference as Bengali films are more related to a region. Bollywood has a wider scope and so the working style is definitely different. Bollywood has a bigger arena but Bengali has regional limitations. Basically the work culture is different", she explains. But Rituparna has adjusted quite well and is trying to manage time efficiently too. "It is very difficult to manage time but I have to do it as at this point of time I am concentrating more on Hindi films and doing Bengali movies too. So there is a lot of traveling to do", she says.

Another thing Ritu wants to do desperately is to break away from the image of being categorized as an art film actress. "My image is of an art movie actress. Now I want to explore commercial movies also and I want people to remember me more in future. For that commercial movie is a must. My role in Unns was that of a model and it was quite glamourous. Even in my upcoming movies I have some roles which are glamourous", she informs. Hence item numbers are not ruled out as well. "I am ready for that but it should be a good number like Kajra Re and definitely not something vulgar. And of course, there must be some character to play", she exclaims.

One thing she proudly flaunts is the music video that she starred in alongside Ashmit Patel for the Rabindranath Tagore compilations album.

"Oh! It was amazing and I enjoyed it and I am really happy about it. It also had Amitji's (Amitabh Bachchan) voice." she says with a glint of pride in her voice.

On the personal front, things are going great too.

"I am married to my childhood love. We were friends in our childhood and it blossomed into love. You can call it a love marriage. My husband is in Singapore now and is a computer engineer. We are managing our marriage very well", she signs off. Things are indeed rocking and looks like it will only get better with time. Keep it up girl!!
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