Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee has won accolades for her role in Brick Lane, is currently basking in the success of Road Movie and is thrilled about working with Charlie’s Angels actress Lucy Liu in her first directorial venture. And she doesn’t regret not having worked in Bollywood during her eight-year-long acting career.
“Is it like important to do that? I have worked with the likes of Martin Sheen, Lucy Liu and those are projects that have excited me. So I signed them. It does not make my world small and I’m happy for the kind of choices that I have made,” said Tannishtha.
Does that mean Bollywood is not her cup of tea? “I like Bollywood when it sticks to what it is good at — entertaining. I love Sholay, Deewaar, Om Shanti Om and Govinda’s films.” The directors who qualify on her wish list are Vishal Bhardwaj, Imtiaz Ali and Shimit Amin, “for making interesting films which are more topical”. “I call it ‘independent cinema’ [rather] than Bollywood,” she says.
Aamir Khan is her favourite Bollywood star. “I love him for the choices he makes,” says Tannishtha. “When he does something, it is out of the world. There was something that we were planning to do together but then the dates clashed and it never happened.”
Talking about Road Movie, that has been appreciated in many international film festivals and is set to release in India on March 5, she says, “Though the film is touted as an international film, I still have high hopes from Indian audience.” The actress will soon start shooting for actor-turned-director Lucy Liu’s film Half the Sky in India. “It is based on an award-winning novel by Nicholas Sparks. It is a four-part story, and is set in four different countries. The stories are related to human rights and human trafficking,” she reveals.