If you take a closer look at some of the upcoming films of Priyanka Sarkar, two things are common — women’s issues and power. In real life too, Priyanka is resilient. She is no longer staying with her husband, actor Rahul, and has shifted to a new house with her toddler Sohoj. Life, undoubtedly, isn’t easy for the Priyanka, who is busy striking a balance between her personal and professional commitments. However, the couple isn’t officially separated yet.
The Chirodini Tumi Je Amar actress admits that her responsibilities as a mother has increased manifold. “Earlier there were other people to take care of Sohoj at home. Since we have shifted to a new place and Sohoj is still adapting to the new environment, I make sure to spend as much time as possible with him. Rahul also spends a lot of time with Sohoj,” says the actress.
Professionally, Priyanka is in a happy space. Not every actress is lucky enough to play four different characters in one film. Yes, Priyanka will be seen playing four different characters in Arnab Middya’s Andarkahini. In Rajib Choudhury’s upcoming film, Romantic Noy, the actress will be seen playing an important role, where her character supports the hero, who gets into male prostitution. “Once in a lifetime does an actress get an opportunity to play four characters in one film. The first story is about a girl and her relationship with her boyfriend and father. The second is about a brother and sister, who runs a tea stall. The third explores the relationship between a husband and wife during recession and the fourth shows girl bonding. The societal backdrop is different in all the stories, but all the stories revolve around struggle of women,” says the Kagojer Bou and Bhalobasha Zindabad actress.
Priyanka is one of the few Bengali actresses who started her career with masala films, but gradually shifted to doing meaningful cinema. So, from dancing around the trees in films like Shono Mon Boli Tomay and Kano Kichu Kotha Bolona, she soon started playing meaningful characters in Srijit Mukherji’s Rajkahini and Anjan Dutt’s Byomkesh Bakshi. “I didn’t try to fit into any one format of cinema. I have never been to any film school. I have learnt on the job. I could have continued doing hardcore commercial films, but I wanted to explore myself as an actress. And I am glad I made the choice
of doing different kinds of cinema,” smiles Priyanka, who is no longer part of Arindam Sil’s new film. Priyanka shares that she gets excited every time a young director comes to her with a fresh idea. “They are full of energy and I love working with young minds,” says Priyanka, whose short film Maya has been selected for screening at the upcoming Kolkata International Film Festival.