ANINDITA ACHARYA, Kolkata: For those who complain that actress Arpita Chatterjee does few films, well, in 2020 she is going to break records. This year, Arpita will be seen in a record number of Bengali films. And in the beginning of the year, she has already won hearts with her strong performance in Arjunn Dutta’s Abyakto, a poignant tale of a mother and son. The film recently completed 25 days at the theatres and the cast and crew came together to celebrate its success.
Even in Anik Dutta’s Barunbabur Bondhu, Arpita as Soumitra Chattopadhyay’s daughter-in-law, she will always make you feel her presence. Her another film — Amar Artanad — is also running at the theatres. Then, her line-up of films includes Shieladitya Moulik’s Hridpindo, Arjunn’s Guldasta, Subhrajit Mitra’s Avijatrik and Aniket Chattopadhyay’s Hobu Chandra Raja Gobu Chandra Mantri. Now, that is certainly good news for her fans.
“That’s how Arpita is… magical and unpredictable. I have never planned my career and there is no strategy involved. I have always taken my own decisions and I don’t have any regrets,” says the actress.
Arpita admits that 2020 has been an exceptional year for her so far. But that doesn’t mean she would any films that comes her way. In fact, Arpita has a set of rules before she signs any film. “I need to be convinced about the script, character, story and then share the same wavelength with the director,” says the Chauranga actress.
Though Arpita is seen in several films in 2020, it doesn’t mean that she would continue the same trend. “I am known for saying more ‘no’ than ‘yes’ to the scripts in the Bengali film industry. I only do films when I feel totally convinced of the scripts. So, I don’t want my fans to get disappointed if they don’t see me doing films next year,” she laughs aloud.
Having said so, she is happy that the trend has changed and today content has become the driving force in cinema. Therefore, a film like Abyakto, which was new director like Arjunn, and had new actor like Anubhav Kanjilal, got accepted, thanks to its solid storyline. “The star is not the main crowdpuller today. The trend has changed for the better and therefore, the producers and directors can experiment with fresh concepts,” she says.