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‘I’d like to do commercial Bollywood’

Actor Tannishtha Chatterjee, last seen in Road, Movie with Abhay Deol, is usually mistaken for an ‘arty’ actor, which she insists she isn’t. Read on.

bollywood Updated: Aug 31, 2010 19:14 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times

Actor Tannishtha Chatterjee, last seen in


, Movie with Abhay Deol, is usually mistaken for an ‘arty’ actor, which she insists she isn’t. However, the films on her CV are relatively serious in nature, only supporting the allegation.

“When I shifted to Mumbai, I wanted to work on films that could give me artistic satisfaction. But it didn’t mean that I wasn’t open to other kind of movies,” sighs Chatterjee. “As an actor you are fighting against an image. Most people think I am not interested in a fun Bollywood film, but that’s not true. I may do a few, toes and fingers crossed.”

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One of Chatterjee’s forthcoming projects is based on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Though she says she is open to doing commercial Bollywood films, she has a list of directors, who she thinks are doing groundbreaking work in the same space.

“There is a lot of interesting stuff happening in the commercial space also. Directors like Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Raju Hirani. Shimit Amin, Farhan and Zoya Akhtar are making commercial films,” she says, adding, “There are pockets of young people in the industry who work differently and there is an audience for those films, which help make it a commercial success.”

In other news, Chatterjee never accepted herself as a part of Bollywood. Neither did she come to the city with the intension of becoming an actor, nor is she interested in getting tied down to one place. Chatterjee says,“I like my Bohemian life. I don’t exist in Bollywood. Even the people who I hang out with are not only Bollywood people, I am friends with lawyers, bankers… And the people from the industry like Shabana Azmi and Abhay Deol have an opinion on everything apart from Bollywood.”

First Published: Aug 30, 2010 13:26 IST