Actor Chandan Roy Sanyal didn’t know that his role in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey would earn him a ‘big enough’ name in Bollywood. “I thought after the release I’ll go to people and tell them I did the part,” he says. But over the last few months, people began asking him why he wasn’t doing more films.
However, what’s interesting is that he bagged a role in Deepa Mehta’s cinematic adaptation of Midnight’s Children much before Kaminey released. “Deepa saw the film eventually and told me she liked me in it,” says Sanyal, who now, has his hands full.
He is looking forward to his forthcoming releases: FALTU on April 1, followed by Tell Me Oh Khuda (TMOK) in May. He has also acted in a black comedy to be released around July, Love You Till Death, an English film, made by an independent filmmaker-photographer, Rafiq Elias. Though Sanyal calls his character in FALTU, “funny but dramatic”, his role in TMOK is the sole “comic relief of the film”. He says, “I am just trying to do as much different work as I can.”
Sanyal also keeps himself occupied with theatre. And has no plans to let it go. “I don’t want to leave the stage. Somehow I always end up learning more when I am directing other actors or even myself,” reveals the theatre actor-director.
Around April, Sanyal will also start shooting for what he calls “a film in Bengali” rather than a “Bengali film”. Called Aparajita, it will be directed by National Award winner Aniruddha Roy Choudhary. “A lot of Bengalis have come together to make this film which will get a worldwide release eventually. Cinema there is suffering, because sometimes the films are bad and at times the budget isn’t enough,” he says.