Prosenjit Chatterjee will soon be seen playing an army officer alongside actor Neeraj Kabi in Nirang Desai’s film. Interestingly, there’s no female lead opposite Prosenjit, who is considered to be one of the biggest romantic heroes in the post-Uttam Kumar era in Tollywood. Now, not many know that Prosenjit is the only actor in Tollywood to have worked with the maximum number of Bollywood actresses. Ask him about his favourite female co-star, and he says, “I cannot name any one actress. Everyone has been helpful.” Prod him further, and he smilingly says, “I liked working with Anuradha Patel in a Bengali film, Jyoti (1988). She was also shooting for Ijaazat at that time.”
The Autograph actor also shares a good rapport with Juhi Chawla. Their association began in 1989, when the two shared screen space in the Bengali film Amar Prem. Later Prosenjit went onto work with her in Tapan Sinha’s Apon Por in 1992. “Juhi was very good. When we did Amar Prem, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak hadn’t release,” says the Jaatiswar actor.
Prosenjit also informs that Rani Mukerji signed her debut Bollywood film Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat on the set of her first film, Biyer Phool opposite the Sankhachil actor.
HT City lists a few movies, where our very own Bumbadda shared screen space with some of the Bollywood beauties.
Rani Mukerji — Biyer Phool (1996): Not too many could imagine that Mili in Biyer Phool, who was ready to sacrifice her love Atanu (Prosenjit) for her elder sister Lili (Indrani Haldar) would go on to become one of the leading ladies of Bollywood? Rani got the offer for her debut Bollywood film Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat while working on this Bengali film. The song, Jatoi Koro Bahana, from Biyer Phool, was a big hit.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan— Chokher Bali (2003): Prosenjit is the only Tollywood star to have worked alongside Aishwarya, one of the most beautiful faces in the world. Prosenjit played Mahendra and Aishwarya played Binodini in the Rituparno Ghosh’s screen adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Chokher Bali.
Priety Zinta — The Last Lear (2007): Rituparno Ghosh’s The Last Lear had a host of Bollywood names like Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutta and Shefali Shah. Prosenjit, one of Ghosh’s favourite actors, had a cameo in this English film.
Manisha Koirala — Khela (2008): Prosenjit was seen playing a filmmaker in this Rituprano Ghosh film that starred Manish Koirala as his wife.
Bipasha Basu — Shob Choritro Kalponik (2009): Bipasha was one of the biggest stars in Bollywood when she did this Bengali film, where Prosenjit played her husband. The film also went on to win a National Award.
Watch the trailer of Shob Choritro Kalponik:
Kalki Koechlin — Shanghai (2012): Prosenjit played Dr Ahmadi, a social activist with Kalki playing his student in this socio-political thriller. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, Prosenjit also grabbed eyeballs for his kissing scene with Kalki.