It is said that a life without hobby is like food without salt. But for people like us we just have to adjust with the unbalanced taste of life. Hobby is something that we find pleasure in doing in our leisure time. It is something in which we find our happiness in. But when it comes to us actors we hardly have any time for hobbies. Every day of our lives is like a schedule which demands to be followed. Our day starts with work and ends with work. When you lead a life like this you have no other option but to treat your profession as your only hobby. There is no doubt that I love my profession but there have been certain moments in my life where I have thought about the alternative as well that what would I have been doing today if I were not Prosenjit Chatterjee the actor. Stardom has given me more than I ever wanted but as they say everything comes with a price and so did stardom. It costs me my personal time.
Speaking of hobbies, the rare occasions of my life where I get some free time I love to watch movies. Obviously, not the ones I acted in but movies of different genres with a good storyline. Watching movies have always been my favorite pastime. Whether you call it a hobby or addiction, I love to watch movies and especially while travelling. If given a choice I could actually finish watching 5 to 10 movies back to back without getting tired. The fact that I am an actor and making movies is my profession I have a natural inclination towards it. But the funny part is that I have acted in more than 300 movies up till now and I haven’t watched even a single one of them yet. Speaking of movies I prefer watching movies of different origin starting from Bengali to English to Tamil. Also, I have a special soft corner for movies directed by prominent directors of the Bengali industry such as Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak. Movies such as these not only serves as a good entertainment but it also helps me to work on my skills and better myself.
After movies, if anything is closer to my heart then it would be adda sessions with my close ones where there is no discussion about work. I enjoy speaking my heart out especially when I am in a jolly mood. I don’t know if this would be termed as a hobby but I love discussing things without any agenda. But sadly, I hardly get any time for a good adda session. Other than sharing my thoughts with others I also like preserving it in the yellow pages of my diary. More than a hobby, you can call it a habit that I have developed over the years. According to me writing down your thoughts helps you clear your mind and also allow you to express yourself better which you may not be able to do in open.
Leaving aside the pages of my diary, the one thing that I cannot do without is going to gym. It is not hidden that keeping yourself fit is of utmost importance when you are into this field. Truth be told, once you start seeing the results, it automatically becomes an addiction. No matter what my schedule is I always try to squeeze in some gym time in my daily routine. It not only keeps me fit but also refreshes my mind. Also, when you have friendly trainers to guide you, you start liking it even more. So, you can say that going to gym is yet another hobby of mine that I like to harbour. Apart from all this I also like to enjoy some good music during my free time. Some soothing lyrics with a melodious tune never fail to refresh my mind during my free time. I generally prefer sweet Bengali music but I don’t mind listening to other genres as well. Infact I am comfortable with anything as long as it pleases my ear drums. Well, that pretty much sums it up for me. It’s my advice to you all especially to the younger generation that harbouring hobbies is a good thing as it helps to nurture the unexplored side of your capabilities. No matter how busy you are always manage to take out some time for yourself. Make your hobby a habit.
Love you all.