Bengali film makers have ‘rare ability to touch certain nerve’

Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary

Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary directed Pink. 

The Bengali film makers have a rare ability to touch a certain nerve, says Pink lead star Amitabh Bachchan

The megastar has worked with a host of Bengali filmmakers ranging from Hrishikesh Mukherjee in the ’70s to Shoojit Sircar in 2016 and he says it is a privilege to work with them for their talent.

The 73-year-old actor recently starred on Shoojit’s production Pink, which has been directed by a Bengali director.

“Since Mrinalda’s (Mirnal Sen) Bhuban Shome, where I did a voice-over, I have worked with almost every Bengali director right up to now and I continue to work with them– from Hrishida, Shakti Samanta, Promod Chakraborty, Dulal Guha, Basuda (Basu Chatterjee) and now Shoojit. They have decided to choose me and that is a privilege. In fact, there is a certain sensibility which Bengali directors have. They are able to touch a certain nerve,” Bachchan said during a promotional media event for Pink.

Referring to Shoojit, who has directed him in Piku and the unreleased Shoebite, Bachchan said, “Many times, Shoojit tells me how to enact a particular scene.”

Talking about Pink, the actor said the film’s realistic courtroom scenes have worked well with the audience and he finds that encouraging.

Pink was directed by Bengali film maker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary

“Every film with courtroom scenes in most of the Hindi films, there is a lot of drama, I am sorry to say. But in Pink, the dialogues were very normal, almost casual and from the audience’s response that had worked. Yes that drama also works. But I am happy to say that this (scenes in Pink) also works. That gives us faith,” he said. – CINEWS

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