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Bengali debut for Hrishitaa

The actress talks to Sudipto Shome about her debut film on the Bengali screen, Bidhataar Lekha.
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PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2006 03:39 PM IST

Bollywood actor Hrishitaa Bhatt will be making her debut on the Bengali screen with Bidhataar Lekha, directed by Rajaa Mukerji. The film also stars Priyanshu Chatterjee and Jeet. The shooting of the film will begin from September in North Bengal. HT City caught up with the actor.

Tell us about your role.

It's a character with lot of shades. Despite being a Bengali film, when Rajaa narrated the plot to me, I liked it. My character sounded so good that there were no second thoughts about signing the agreement. I was very charged to essay the role. I cannot say anything else (laughs).

We heard that you replaced Dia Mirza. Why did that happen?

Actually, I do not know the reason. Only after I signed the contract did I come to know that this role was earlier meant for someone else.

This is your first Bengali film. How conversant are you with Bengali?

I have been brought up in a Bengali household in Mumbai. My mesho is a Bengali. Every year I have enjoyed Durga Puja and other festivals. Speaking in Bengali was never a problem with me. Mesho's influence has been so much that you can say I am half-Bengali and half-Gujarati.

How are you preparing?

I believe in spontaneity and do not give extra stress on homework. If you talk about fluency my Bengali needs a brush-up and to do that currently I'm conversing more with my mashi and mesho in Bengali (laughs).

What do you think about Bengali film industry?

It's a growing industry and people there are very creative. Although I haven't seen many Bengali films I have heard a lot about them. I have heard about directors like Buddhadev Dasgupta, Aparna Sen, Rituparno Ghosh and others. I am definitely going to watch some movies soon.

Tell us about your co-stars, Jeet and Priyanshu Chatterjee.

Although Jeet is primarily cast opposite me in the film, I haven't met him. I also haven't worked with Priyanshu. I am looking forward to working with both of them.

What else are you doing?

I am doing a couple of Hindi films (laughs) but cannot disclose the names or anything else.

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