‘DON’T WANT TO BE AN ITEM’

Tan­nishtha Chat­ter­jee says she’s look­ing for chal­leng­ing roles in com­mer­cial films and won’t set­tle for less

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Ac­tor Tan­nishtha Chat­ter­jee (right), who is known for her roles in off beat films such as Bri­tish film Brick Lane (2007) and Road, Movie (2009), says that she does not mind be­ing a part of a com­mer­cial pro­ject as long as she has a sub­stan­tial role in it.

“I am open to a typ­i­cal com­mer­cial pot­boiler, but I would not want to be just an item in a film. The role has to be chal­leng­ing. I feel that now with films such as Piku com­ing along, the line be­tween art house films and main­stream films is get­ting re­duced,” she says.

Mean­while, the ac­tor will be seen shar­ing the screen with for­mer Aus­tralian crick­eter Brett Lee in her up­com­ing film, Unindian. Talk­ing about her re­la­tion­ship with Lee, Tan­nishtha says that the two share a very warm equa­tion and get along very well.

“It was such a lovely ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with him. He is such a chilled out per­son. He is so nat­u­ral and ef­fort­less when it comes to act­ing and has a won­der­ful sense of hu­mour. We had an amaz­ing time shoot­ing in Syd­ney,” she says, adding that the two con­tinue to catch up even though the film has ended. “We keep in touch regularly. He was here in In­dia a few weeks back and we met at that time. He is a beau­ti­ful hu­man be­ing.”

Asked how easy it is to get a break in in­ter­na­tional cin­ema, the 34-year-old says, “Mak­ing a mark in in­ter­na­tional films is chal­leng­ing. You are com­pet­ing with peo­ple from all over the world. But I am very par­tic­u­lar about the char­ac­ters that I play. I only say yes to a pro­ject if I am con­vinced that I suit the role.”

With films such as Piku com­ing along, the line be­tween main­stream and art house films is get­ting re­duced

Tan­nishtha Chat­ter­jee, ac­tor

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