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B'wood has been good to me: Rituparna

After Tollywood Ritu is eyeing success in Bollywood. Her second Hindi film, Unns, is set to release, reports Deepti Kaul.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 19:55 IST
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Unns means... love is Rituparna Sengupta's second Hindi film. This superstar from Tollwyood gathered lots of fans with her performance in her debut Hindii film, . In a chat with Deepti Kaul, she talks about her new film and her experiences in Bollywood.

What is the film, Unns, about? What is your role in this film?
It’s a sensitive film and has a beautiful script. The film is about a model Ria, played by me, who is in love with a guy. Her relationship with her boyfriend Rishi Rampal (Sudanshu Pandde) does not work out and on the rebound, she gets married to Rahul (Sanjay Kapoor). One day, her first love, Rishi returns and reenters her life. What happens then and how Ria manages everything is what the film is all about.

You have already won a national award and have been nominated twice. What beyond the National award? What do awards mean to you?
People always look forward to achieving more and more. I am working hard towards it. It’s a daily battle. I want to work hard more and through my hard work I just want to move forward. I don’t expect an award here but still I want to make a mark in Bollywood . I want people to recognise me as an actress.

Rituparna Sengupta and Sudhanshu Pandde in Unns. After conquering Tollywood, Ritu is looking for success in Bollywood. Unns  is her second Hindi film after Main, Meri Patni aur Woh.

Are there any specific kind of roles you are looking for in Bollywood? You are a big name in Bengali films. So would you be keen on doing typical


Bollywood films or a strong women oriented roles?

I want to do every kind of roles whether they are strong women oriented or masala type roles. I have done every commercial role in Tollywood and here in Bollywood, where every minute something new happens, I don’t want to remain isolated. Bollywood is full of new ideas and innovation so I would look forward to doing every kind of role.

How is the work atmosphere here in Bollywood? Are you finding it difficult to make a place or has the Hindi film industry accepted you well?
I am a big name in Tollywood. So, here people know me better and I get a lot of respect. I also give them their share of respect. Bollywood has accepted me very well. The whole film fraternity is like a family, so it’s like the addition of a new member to the family.

Bengali actresses are doing well here in Bollywood and Bollywood directors are also making forays into Tollywood. Do you think this crossover has extended the boundaries?
There are no as such boundaries for actors. They can work anywhere and everywhere. The world is becoming smaller. It is the time for experimentation. It’s a beautiful and a very positive experience all together.

You are a trained Odissi dancer with your own troupe. Being a busy person how do you manage it all?
I have always been passionate about my dance and I have my own dance troupe also, which doesn’t have the Odissi element. It’s more like a fusion dance. I have also done a few Tagore dramas. I am keen to take my dance troupe to the next level and I think, when you are passionate about something, it is not difficult to make time for it.

Your favourite actors and actresses?
My favourite actor are Aamir Khan Amitabh Bachchan, Uttam Kumar, Naseeruddin Shah, Amir Khan and actresses are Kajol, Shabana Azmi, Rekha, Madhuri Dixit.

Your favourite directors?
Gulzar, Satyajit Ray, Kundan Shah, Ritwik Ghatak.

Your forthcoming films?
I have some three to four film projects in my hand but I am still choosing the films. Some talks are going on with Aneesh ji. Let us see.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 19:55 IST