She impressed us in ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES and now her upcoming film CHAURANGA is all set to release this Friday. After being a part of the much-spoken about movie with Brett Lee – UNINDIAN,
Tannishtha Chatterjee truly seems promising in her roles through art films. But we in fact asked the actress if she will ever do a commercial film and her response is just epic! To know more about our Q&A session with her, read on…
First you did ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES and now you're going to be seen in CHAURANGA. Will we ever see you do a commercial film?
*Laughs* I hope one of these films become commercial. If in our stream, what you call the mainstream culture as, then yes I haven't done much of mainstream. I think more interesting roles for women come in art house films. But I have to admit that now things are changing in mainstream.
Is there a reason why your name is Dhaniya in the movie?
*Laughs* You'll have to ask Bikas this question. She's a very spicy character na that's why she's named after a spice.
How different is your role in CHAURANGA from ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES?
Completely different. I'm not at all angry here. Like I said, I'm just spicy. *Laughs* CHAURANGA is a rural setting, ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES was an urban setting. Funnily, I wasn't a part of the workshop and first few days of shoot in ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES. I came only in the last 12 days, and actually Nalin had divided the role in a very different way. I joined the team late because I was shooting for CHAURANGA only. I shot for these films back-to-back and it's releasing also back-to-back.
'Tannishtha Chatterjee: I hope my films become commercial'
Is your CHAURANGA character relatable to you in real life?
*Thinking for a long pause* No. Not to me personally. But I have shot a few films in the interiors of India and during that time, I have done a lot of research for various aspects of women's life in villages in India. Yes I can relate to it in terms of how I have witnessed women in rural India. But as far as Dhaniya's particular story goes, there's nothing that's common between my life and hers. But yeah – I have seen in my travels and researched many women very closely, in a very intimate way, which have a really similar life like Dhaniya. In many ways, Dhaniya is actually the essence of a rural, forward Indian woman. Even if things are really fucked up in their life, it doesn't matter because she's very spirited. You can't tell looking at her, but she's a fighter. You will feel that certain things aren't right, but she'll do it. I've seen a lot of women in rural India like that. Also, they're not thinking, but practical women.
How was your experience working with Sanjay Suri?
Very good yaar. Me and Sanjay have been friends for a long time. It was fantastic and working with him didn't feel like work – it was fun in a beautiful place (Shanti Niketan) with good food, great weather, and when you're working with friends, you don't feel like you're working. You feel like you're just having a picnic. But again, we made a very important film about caste issue and it won the best film in MAMI last year and is now releasing here. Having fun, we made the film, but now it's good.
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