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Topper in Class 12 West Bengal board exam aspires to be an actor

Granthan Sengupta, who topped the Class 12 West Bengal board exams aspires to be an actor. Sengupta, a Humanities student, scored 99.2%, and says he is passionate about theatre and music.

education Updated: Jun 09, 2018 16:09 IST
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
Topper,Class 12,West Bengal
6,63,516 students passed the Class 12 West Bengal board exams.(HT/File Photo)

Granthan Sengupta, who topped the Class 12 West Bengal board exams, the results of which were announced on Friday, aspires to be an actor.

Sengupta, a Humanities student who hails from Jalpaiguri district in north Bengal, surprised many by scoring 99.2%, ahead of Science students and everybody else in the list of the 6,63,516 successful students.

“My immediate plan is to enrol for undergraduate studies and then pursue higher studies in history and then take up academics as a profession. However, my long-term aspiration is to be an actor. I want to join some renowned theatre group. I also want to act in films,” said Sengupta.

Bespectacled Sengupta, who sports a clear diction, has been actively involved in theatres from a young age. “Theatre is my passion, so is music. Besides being associated with a local theatre group, Chitrapot, I love singing and playing the guitar,” he said.

The boy is a big fan of Satyajit Ray. “It is impossible to surpass the master,” he said, adding that of the current crop of Bengali directors, he watches all the films of Srijit Mukherji. “I don’t miss any of his films.”

His mother Moumita Sengupta is a trained Odissi dancer.

Renowned theatre actor-director Kaushik Sen was excited to learn about Sengupta’s ambition.

“These days I often come across youths, who want to make a career in acting because they could not achieve anything in other fields. But here is an encouraging example,” he exclaimed.

According to Sen, a bright student taking up acting would not only enrich the vocation, but also help the person devote more energy to his work.

“There are examples of highly educated persons who turned out to be legends in the world of acting such as Balraj Sahani. I am quite thrilled to know about Granthan Sengupta’s ambition,” Sen said.

Film director Kamaleshwar Mukherjee, who studied medicine but pursued film making as a profession, said, “I am really proud of this boy for his aspiration to pursue a field that is not a popular career choice. Gone are those days when generally those with lesser education took up acting. The more bright students such as Sengupta join the profession, the more it will be enriched.”

On his Facebook page, Sengupta introduces himself as a theatre, music and culture enthusiast.

“It is not necessary to be bookworm to achieve good marks. One can score high marks even after devoting sufficient time to areas not related to studies,” said Sengupta, trying to break stereotypes.

“I spent quite some time to my passions during daytime. I used the nights to catch up with my studies. Passions and hobbies are not hurdles to high ranks. Rather they can complement each other,” he argued.

He also acknowledged the encouragement of his parents to pursue both.

Bengal’s education minister, Partha Chatterjee, said the boy from Jalpaiguri has broken a widely cultivated myth that only science students can top merit lists in public exams.

First Published: Jun 09, 2018 16:09 IST