Tota Roy Chowdhury, last seen in filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh’s short film Ahalya, describes their upcoming collaboration Kahaani 2, as a “hard-hitting, dark” film where he plays a mystical character.
The actor, who won accolades for his role in Aishwarya Rai-starrer Chokher Bali, has completed extensive shooting for Kahaani 2 in north Bengal. “There is a certain mysticism in my character in the film,” said Tota.
The actor, however, refused to reveal more citing contractual obligation. “All I can say is that it is a beautiful, sweet character and Sujoy’s delineation of his characters reminds one of Rituparno Ghosh, for the sensitive touch. And his way of detailing art work also reminds me of Rituparno Ghosh,” he said.
Tota revealed that his performance in Ahalya had not opened the gate for him to act in Kahaani 2. He had to go through the usual process of undergoing auditions. “In Mumbai you have to get your role by giving audition. It is a must for every big, medium and small actor. There is an inherent democracy in that system.”
Watch: Vidya Balan in the trailer of Kahaani
On the much-speculated sequel to Ahalya, Tota said he was positive about bagging a role in the short film. “Sujoy himself had publicly stated so in an interview and though he had not officially contacted me, he said the film would repeat the cast of Soumitra Chatterjee, Radhika Apte and the ‘other person’. And we all know who the ‘other person’ he is talking about,” said Tota.
He said that Ahalya had surpassed all projections about viewership. “While we had initially projected a three- lakh viewership, in reality it was 20 lakh, mostly on Youtube.”
Watch: Sujoy Ghosh’s short film Ahalya
Currently the actor is busy shooting for Bengali TV serial Taranath Tantrik, based on a story on occultism by Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay. “As I wear the saffron ‘angobastro’ I fall into a trance. I become a ‘tantrik’ who is endowed with supernatural power to fight against evil,” he said.
Tota has a plan to bring Taranath Tantrik on the big screen by his home production in 2017.
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