The name Koel Mullick may not really ring a bell for Bollywood audiences, but the actor is one of the leading ladies of contemporary Bengali cinema. We caught up with the doe-eyed beauty, who will be in the city for the premiere of one of her Bengali films, Hemlock Society, on July 20. The movie released in West Bengal on June 22.
As we got talking, Koel told us that she is keen on doing a Bollywood film, given that the right project comes along. “I would love to be a part of the film industry in Mumbai. If something exciting comes up from a good production house, something with a nice script and role, I’ll surely take it up.”
The daughter of veteran Bengali actor Ranjit Mullick also says that she’s never had time to think about Bollywood, since she has been busy with Bengali films: “Over the last few years, Bengali films have kept me extremely busy. By God’s grace, I am doing well, so I didn’t get time to come to Mumbai and try my luck here.”
She says she’s been approached with a few offers, but had to turn them down: “I’m extremely choosy when it comes to signing films. Some people have approached me, but I wasn’t comfortable with them. With some offers, the dates clashed with my Bengali film schedules,” says Koel.
Ask her about the cut-throat competition in B-town, and if that’s ever deterred her and she says, “Competition has never affected me. Even in Bengal, there were many top stars when I entered, but that never bothered me.”
At the moment, she’s excited that for the first time, one of her Bengali films is being premiered in Mumbai. “Now, intelligent films are being made in the Bengali film industry, the appeal of which is universal. Of late, there’s also been a lot of interest in Bengali cinema among Indians,” says Koel.