Twenty-nine year old theatre actor Priyanka Bose made her presence felt in Bollywood with Dibakar Banerji's Love Sex Aur Dhoka. She played the pushy editor in the last of the three tracks in the film. For many months after, she was offered similar roles. "I didn't want to get typecast into a Delhi-cut-throat-editor-persona," says Bose, adding, "I know I'm not a model-turned-actress, I am an actor. I don't aspire to play Shahid Kapoor's girlfriend, I hope to do something niche."
Then she got lucky. The actor first bagged a role in a song in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish, and then a lead in an Indo-Italian film called Gangor. The latter is based on a story written by Mahasweta Devi, and has been adapted and directed by Italian director, Italo Spinelli. The film, which was recently screened at the Rome Film Festival, is a story of the journey of a tribal woman named Gangor. Talking about her role, she says, "Gangor is a young, quiet, sensuous and poor single mother. The script had been going around for so long. Italo has been wanting to make this film for over 45 years, he considered Tabu and so many other actors."
The Italian film crew was looking for a Bengali face to play Gangor, but many actors showed reservations in enacting certain scenes in the film. "There was a breast feeding scene, and before I was approached for the film I had just delivered my child, six months ago. When I read the scene, I felt it would be a privilege to do a beautiful scene like that," says Bose, who has done numerous commercials before. Gangor will be screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa later this month. It will release in India around December.