Actor Sabyasachi Chakraborty, who will soon be seen in Kabir Khan's next, starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, says that at times he can't refuse offers made by friends. The actor, who played the iconic Feluda in a number of Sandip Ray's films, has been busy promoting Bauddhayan Mukherjee's upcoming Bengali film. Chakraborty spoke to HT on films, his passion for wild-life photography and more:
Irrespective of the length of the roles, you have come up with powerful performances in films such as Dil Se, Khakee, Parineeta and Lahore. Why aren't you seen in more Hindi films?
Kabir Khan called me up and told me about his new film. I like the kind of films he makes. So, when he gave me the offer, I asked him to send me the script. After going through it, I immediately agreed to do the film. I was not getting meaty roles in Hindi films for a long time. I liked working in Lahore, which was a sports-based film. I have refused more Bollywood films than Bengali films. It's not that I will do every Hindi film I am offered.
People are calling me up and saying that it's a fantastic trailer. They feel I am looking good but I don't understand how can people gauge the merit of the film after merely watching a trailer. Am I a model who is shown walking down the ramp? What do they mean by I am looking good in the trailer! Let's see what happens. I just hope people like the film. I am in talks with other people in Bollywood too, but nothing has been finalised yet.
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Do you find it difficult to say 'no' to films offered by friends?
Yes, there have been instances in the past when I agreed to do a film even if I didn't like the script. I recently did a film, Miss Butterfly, directed by Sujit Guha. I didn't want to be part of the project but I agreed. Miss Butterfly happens to be my daughter in the film. I had said no to him so many times in the past, so when he approached me again with a role, I agreed to do it. Almost everyone in the Bengali film industry is my friend. So, how many times can I say 'no' to my friends, who ask me to do a certain kind of character in their films? It will be like misbehaving with them. At that time, I ask myself, who am I to decide always? Am I a big star? We are so good friends that at times I have to say yes to films, which I might not like.
Abir Chatterjee is playing both Byomkesh Bakshi and Feluda.
He is playing both the characters because he has been offered both the roles.
Had you been offered both the roles, what would have been your response?
Personally, I would prefer playing only one character. But I guess these days, producers are thinking that no actor is bigger than a character. They think the audience will go to the theatres to watch the character and not the actor. I don't know if this at all happens.