A Little About My Hobbies

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.

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The Overwhelming Response Of Mayurakshi

 

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The life of an actor may appear to be very glamorous to the outside world but only an actor is aware of the true reality that goes on behind the veil of glamour. I can say that the glamorous side of our lives is just a façade to cover up our days and nights of hard work that we put into our films. For any actor, the success of his film is of immense importance. After all, it is our films and the various characters we play that define how capable and versatile we are as an actor. In my entire acting career up till now, I have played numerous different roles which have helped me to reinvent myself as an actor over the years. To play challenging roles and be a part of unique storylines has always been my main appetite. Since the time, I was approached by Atanu Ghosh for the film Mayurakshi I knew that the story had some spark in it. After all, a movie such as Mayurakshi is not made very often.

My film Mayurakshi hit the big screens just a week back on 29th December and since, it’s release it has received an overwhelming response from all over. I was baffled to see the crowd that gathered at the premier of Mayurakshi which was held at Nandan. I indeed take pride in saying that people of all ages loved and appreciated the movie. I was happy to see that people could actually relate to the movie. The tale of bond between a father and his son is something that everyone can relate to. For an actor, there’s nothing more rewarding than to witness his film getting appreciated and loved by all. It’s been almost one week that my film Mayurakshi has been released and with God’s grace it’s running successfully everywhere. I consider myself to be extremely blessed to have got the news that Mayurakshi is running house full almost in every cinema hall. The kind of response Mayurakshi is receiving I, believe that it will go a long way. We, the entire team of Mayurakshi have put in a lot of hard work in the making of the film. It is good to see that all our hard work has finally bear fruits. I am sincerely thankful to each one of you for the love and support that you have showered on my film Mayurakshi.

Love you all.

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To A Happy Beginning And A Fresh New Start

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”              – Oprah Winfrey

Every finishing year marks the beginning of a new start that open the doors to new hopes and new opportunities. A new year is like a blank book of 365 pages and it depends on us that how well we write it. As the year 2017 comes to an end, I can say that another great chapter of my life met it’s glorious end.

The year 2017 has given me numerous moments that I cherish very deeply in my heart. Being an actor, I am always surrounded with the deep urge to work with great minds and talents of the industry and be associated with good cinema. Fortunately, the passing year has blessed me with all of this. For an actor, every day of the year is like a new opportunity to be grabbed, a new challenge to be conquered and a new chance to get it right. Now, that I am heading towards the beginning of a new chapter of my life I intend to make it a great one.

With the approach of the New Year, approaches the tradition of keeping resolutions. According to me, New Year resolutions are rules that we inflict on us. But rules, as they say are meant to be broken and thereby resolutions are meant to be broken too. Therefore, this year for me there’s no resolution except for the desire to work even harder than before. My constant urge to deliver good films is what keeps me going and this will continue to be the same even in the coming years of my life. Just the way I look forward to make this year a good and successful one, I would advice all of you to do the same. Work so hard that you can stain yourself with success. Remember, that a whole new journey awaits you, make sure that you embrace it.

Here wishing all of you a very happy and a prosperous New Year ahead. God Bless.

Love you all!

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Mayurakshi: Re-Defining The Bond Between A Father And Son

“No love is greater than that of a father for his son.”

– Dan Brown

A good script, a great director and understanding co-actors to work with are the three main ingredients that every actor looks for in his film. Together these ingredients backed by hard work are what decide the performance of a film. Fortunately, my film Mayurakshi which is going to be released today has blessed me with all of these.

Mayurakshi is a film which is very close to my heart. It was great to be a part of a team directed by Atanu Ghose who is one of the best directors of his time. It is been quite long that I have yearned to work with him and my wish was finally granted with Mayurakshi. I also consider myself to be extremely blessed to have got the chance to work with one of the evergreen actor’s of the industry Soumitra kaku. Working with a legend such as Soumitra Chatterjee is always a great learning experience. An actor like him who has served this industry over decades with numerous great films is no less than an institution of knowledge himself. I may have been a part of this industry for a long time now but, I still feel that there is so much to know and learn from him. I indeed had a great time on the sets of Mayurakshi working with him which I can hardly comprehend in words.

For any actor, showcasing his skills is a very important thing. It is through films such as Mayurakshi that one can explore the different dimensions of his talent. For me Mayurakshi is not just a film, it’s a reflection of the truth of life. It is an emotional tale of an 84 year old father and his middle aged NRI son who lives in USA away from the soul who helped him shaped his life. The film narrates the strong bonding of love shared between a father and his son and how this bond is affected by the choice of our life. I am very sure that many of you will connect to this film at a personal level.

After a long wait, the day has finally arrived for Mayurakshi to hit the cinemas. As I write this, I can feel a sense of nervousness running up and down my spine. Although it’s been 34 years that I have been in this profession and have acted in more than 300 films but, even till this day I feel the same amount of nervousness that I felt 34 years back when my first film was about to release. But, I guess a little nervousness is always a good omen. For me Mayurakshi is the most important film of my life and therefore, I have a lot of expectations from it. I would request all of you to witness this eternal bond of an undeniable relation because as we all know films such as these are rarely made.

Thank you everyone for always supporting me in my ventures. Love you all!

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Christmas Down The Memory Lane

“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” – Margaret Thatcher

The occassion of christmas, as we all know is a special one as it marks the birth of Christ. On this auspicious day we love to spend our time with our family and friends sharing our love and care for one another. It is one such occassion that binds you closer to your family and loved ones.

This year, as I was decorating the Christmas tree with my son Mishuk, memories of my childhood Christmases came flooding back to me. In a moment of time I was mentally transported back to my childhood days when Christmas was all fun and no work. It seems like only yesterday that I like any other kid had the chance to spend my Christmas with no responsibilities on my shoulder or any work schedule to follow. But as they say, everything changes with time so, did my Christmas celebrations over the years.

Back in the 70’s when I was still a kid Christmas for me meant, spending the entire day with family. Starting from decorating the entire house to lighting up the christmas tree everything helped to brighten up the christmas mood at home. Speaking of which our christmas celebration always started with a delicious breakfast at Flurys with ma and baba. It was like a family tradition that demanded to be followed. Though it still continues to be a tradition in the family but the only thing is that i rarely get to be a part of it anymore. Now that I look back in the past I realize that how things have changed over the years. Once memories of going to flurys for christmas breakfast in the morning and decorating the house with baba was now replaced by going for shoots and busy work scedules. It is true that I strongly yearn to live those memories all over again but as you know every good thing has to come to an end. Now I find happiness in seeing my son Mishuk enjoying his christmas with his family. My son spends almost his entire year away from his home in the hostel but during this time of the year he joins us in our merry making. I being a loving father try to make sure that his short stay with us is worth every moment. While I stay busy in the morning becuase of my work, my son Mishuk continues to carry forward the tradition of going to Flurys for breakfast with the other members of the family. Inspite of my busy schedule I try to make it a point to spend as much time as possible with Mishuk and my family. I may not be able to be a part of the entire Christmas celebration at home but going out for dinner with Mishuk is mandatory. After all establishing balance is the essence of life.

My profession may have deprived me of golden family moments and a lot more but it has given me more than I could have ever asked for. Therefore, if you ask me whether I have any regrets or not, I will proudly say no. I love my profession and have dedicated more than half of my life to it. What I believe is that sacrifices are necessary if you want to achieve something big in your life and I have made my sacrifices. Have you made yours?

May this Christmas be a Merry One for you and your family. Gob bless. Love you all.1620381_484796671621276_2018209735_n

Speaking in public

 

 

“If you can speak, you can influence. If you can influence, you can change lives”, is a quote I have strongly believed in and have always admired people who were very adept at the art of public speaking. There have been instances where I have come across individuals who appeared ordinary at first glance, but given a podium their entire personality underwent a dramatic change suddenly turning into a marvelous speaker whom the gathering listened to in rapt attention.

Incidentally, I have not had enormous opportunities to engage in public speaking and do not know how good or bad a job I would have made out of it. I am a decent speaker in private but there have been certain occasions when I had to speak in front of a congregation and have found that it is not a very easy thing to do. In order to overcome the fear of speaking in public, I have devised my own ways which have led me to successfully handle such situations with considerate ease and would like to share these with you all.

The first task is to be very well prepared on the topic of discussion. No matter how unknown a topic might be, if one makes use of the time at hand, one can with extensive research be very well prepared on it given the tools like search engines and libraries available these days. After the topic is well known, then comes practice. One should repeatedly practice the speech which is to be delivered. It shall be of help if one practices in front of a mirror and practices out loud as if one is speaking to a live audience. As public speaking is a skill and not a talent one can hone one’s skill by repeatedly practicing till one has gained enough confidence to face the audience. One important thing to remember while preparing the speech is that the opening and closing are the most important parts of the presentation and should be practiced till near perfection as the opening helps you get the attention of those present and the ending is what you leave them with after you finish your speech. Also, it does help if one can give the impression that one is speaking from the heart and being oneself. This is not very easy to do but can be done if one is very thorough with the text and has had enough practice.

Mark Twain has said “It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech”, this I hope makes very clear the need for consistent practice. Lastly, an important thing which helps in controlling nerves is to have deep breaths before and during the presentation. It additionally adds power and strength to one’s voice.

In today’s world it is really an advantage if one is good at public speaking and just like any skill it can be acquired. If I can, anybody can provided one follows the right path of going about it.

LOVE YOU ALL. !!

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MY PASSION FOR GARDENING

 

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When I started writing here, my aim was to stay connected to my fans directly and so am going to  present a side of mine which is a bit personal and also unknown to many. Today I am going to talk to you all about a favorite pastime of mine which I am sure shall come as a surprise to many of you. It is a very personal hobby which still interests me and I take out time from my schedule whenever I can in order to attend to it. Actually, I can take the liberty of introducing myself as a horticulturist if the need arises but to keep things simple, shall say that Gardening is a hobby of mine.

It all started when I was gifted a small rose sapling by someone. I had it put in a small pot and used to water it on and off but that was it. One day I saw that it had withered away and all my efforts could not revive it. Somehow, I felt very guilty about the whole episode and bought home a couple of saplings of different flowers and meticulously started watering them and watching them every day. Nothing much changed in the initial days but I kept up with my routine. Then one fine morning after getting out of bed I saw a small rose had bloomed in one of the pots. I just cannot describe the joy I had felt at that point in time. It was just a little bud but seeing that in front of my eyes was a moment I still have not forgotten. I literally brought every member of the house to see it and that day no one at my shooting unit was spared until they had heard the story of my rose plant and me. The director whose film I was shooting then was so much impressed that he gave me as many tips as possible as far as home gardening was concerned.

Well, what started off as an accident has now grown into a personal hobby and my collection of plants over the years has grown to include Zinnias, Petunias, Daffodils, Geraniums and Jasmines amongst others. It is such a lovely sight to watch them in full bloom in all their splendid colors. Now – a – days I don’t even have to make an effort to attend to them, it comes automatically to me. Watering them, giving them the right fertilizer, allocating their positions so that they receive the appropriate amount of sunlight etc is something I am quite conversant with. I also have a couple of bonsai’s amongst my collection. The latest thing to have caught my fancy is breeding flowers in order to create a hybrid. I have tried and have not been quite successful as of yet but I still have not given up hope of feeling the joy of seeing a unique creation of mine someday.

Gardening as a hobby is actually food for the soul and makes me feel happy from within. It actually helps me in releasing stress and I am at peace when I am in my little garden. Who knows this hobby may grow much bigger and one day I just might be a full-fledged organic farmer. Life, really is full of its little surprises.

Love you all.

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SELF DEFENSE TRAINING FOR CHILDREN

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Self defense is nature’s eldest law. – John Dryden.

I believe in the age old dictum that a healthy body bears a healthy mind and it is our first duty that we are capable enough to protect our body from any unhealthy intrusion. We are alive as long as there is life in our limbs and taking care of that life becomes not only our foremost right but also our fundamental duty towards ourselves.

Being a family man and also having a young child there have been times when I have worried about his physical well being. I may be there to protect him now but there will surely come a time when he will have to venture out on his own in this world. The world as we all know is cruel in its own way and there shall surely be no favors granted to him and he shall have to make his own path. I am ok with him having to work hard to find his place under the sun, but I get disturbed when I think if he were to face any untoward situation and these are the feelings and fears which every normal father has. These are the times when I strongly feel that a mandatory course on self defense training should be made compulsory as a part of every school curriculum especially in junior/middle school level. These courses may include training in Karate, Taekwondo or Jiu jitsu and also the trainees should be taught how to apply these in real life situations. It is no use being trained in self defense if someone is unable to apply the same when faced with an inappropriate situation. The real life scenario is all the more grave for girls who are actually more vulnerable to face physical violence at home and outside. It is on a regular basis that we come across incidents of women facing abuse in the newspapers and the statistics only reflect a very minor portion of the incidents that happen as majority of the cases go unreported. Hence a proper course in self defense would do them a world of good and make them more confident about their own selves. This is the least we can do so as to make our girls self – reliant.

Having played the character of a Hero in many films I have fought many a time with the so called Bad man onscreen. But enacting a character on screen is very different than what happens in real life. The harsh realities of life are a grim reminder of the fact that we should prepare our younger generation in every possible way so that they can face every challenge that life has to offer and if they are well prepared to protect themselves, then only will they be able to protect others. Today, I end by bringing in front of you a favorite quote of mine by Ronald Reagan who said “Self defense is not only our right; it is our duty.”

Love you all.!!

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CAREER vs PERSONAL LIFE

 

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Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life – Confucius.

I have had the rare privilege of being in a profession which I immensely love. I am aware that everybody is not so lucky and have to thank circumstances and opportunities that led me on to this path. Yet, an actor’s life is full of struggle, hard work and luck which is decided by the Friday verdict at the box office.

During the early phase of my career, I had to put in a lot of hard work to find my place in Tollywood. I worked multiple shifts, often stretching till late into the night while also reporting early morning the next day for the morning shoot. The mind used to get drained along with the tiredness of the body but in those days all that kept me going was – “If hard work is your weapon, success will be your slave.” Thankfully, I didn’t lose my focus and was rewarded with super duper hits like Amarsangi, Biyer Phool, Sindur Khela etc which were followed by Autograph, Moner Manush and Jaatishwar much later on.

One thing that I tried from the very early days of my career was to segregate my work life from the personal space that I share at my home front. In the initial days of my career as an actor my mother and  sister were the ones I turned to after arriving from shoot. It was a stress buster to talk to them about the happenings of the day. In due course of time, I had a family of my own and soon enough, my wife Arpita and son Mishuk became the rocks of my life. It was a lovely experience watching my son grow in front of me and like any other Father, I take pride in his achievements. Having said all these, I have to admit that I would have been much happier if I could have spent more time in their company, in spite of my busy schedule. Also it shall be very much fair to say that, had my family not given me this much space and understood my constraints I could not have pursued my career with so much focus and dedication. So they truly deserve their place under the sun in my share of success.

Stardom, actually is easier to get but difficult to maintain. In order to maintain my position I have relentlessly tried to be resolute in being true to my craft, which has held me in good stead in my professional area. Also, I truly believe that a family is the backbone of an individual and one should not neglect it for the sake of one’s career. Having said that, I am also guilty of the same and would have liked it better if my report card would have been slightly better in this respect.

I shall end by saying that make sure you have a healthy career but at the same time make out time for your personal life as your career is only a part of your life and there are many other parts which deserve due attention.

Love you all. !!

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SHANKHACHIL — Gets Zee Cine and Filmfare awards

 

 

People work for money but go the extra mile for recognition, praise and rewards. – Dale Carnegie.

An actor’s life is actually not an easy one. It looks very glamorous to the outside viewer who looks at things from his perspective, but those who have chosen acting as their profession, can only understand the innumerable factors that go into being a success in this field. Primarily we are dependent on getting a good script, backed by a great team and after ensuring that the execution goes as per plan during the production process, have to wait for the audience reaction which is the barometer of a film’s performance. So, after the completion of this entire cycle when a film does good business it makes me very happy but when a film gets noticed and is rewarded by the public, it just gladdens my heart.

Shankhachil, was a movie which was close to my heart. It was great to be a part of a team where Goutam Ghose was at the helm. We all know that many people have faced hardships because of the result of partition. Innumerable families were displaced and many lost their homes. The political situation of those times have found mention in the works of many scholars. It is the human angle that is explored in this film through the eyes of a family which crosses over from the present day Bangladesh side to the Indian side in order to pursue the treatment of their daughter. The circumstances which follow quite efficiently bring out the nuances which constitute human behavior. The visual imagery captured is excellent and the Ichamati river as portrayed signifies a geographical as well as a human divide. The performance of all my co-artists has been excellent, to say the least and the music of the film brings out the Bengali flavor which is the binding element in the entire film.

It was thus a matter of great pride that yours truly was selected for the Filmfare Award 2017 for Best Actor – Bengali and Best Bangla Actor (Male) at the Zee Cine Awards 2017 for Shankhachil. These awards completed a full circle for me as the film was appreciated by many and getting these awards were the icing on the cake. It gives me reason to believe that I am following the right path as far as selection of roles is concerned and the types of films I believe in. Also, it justifies my immense faith in the audience which has always appreciated good cinema. Lastly, these awards act as an impetus and motivates me to perform better in the assignments I take up in the future so that I don’t disappoint someone who spends his hard earned rupee and enters a cinema hall hoping to be entertained by my performance.

Love you all. !!

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