‘IT’S NOT IM­POR­TANT FOR RE­GIONAL AC­TORS TO TRY BOL­LY­WOOD’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur

Many ac­tors from the re­gional film in­dus­tries have made a mark in Bol­ly­wood — Saswata Chat­ter­jee in Jagga Ja­soos and Ka­haani (2012) and Dhanush in Raan­jhana (2013) to name a few. How­ever, Babu­moshai Ban­dook­baaz ac­tor Bidita Bag, who has been part of mul­ti­ple Ben­gali as well as Oriya films, feels that it is not manda­tory for ev­ery re­gional film artist to make it big in Bol­ly­wood. “It is not im­por­tant for [all] re­gional ac­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence Bol­ly­wood. Peo­ple from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try come and work here,” says Bidita. “How­ever, ev­ery Bol­ly­wood film is like mini In­dia. So, what­ever an ac­tor learns here, they take it to re­gional cin­ema and it ben­e­fits the in­dus­try,” she adds. Bidita, who has been part of Ben­gali films such as Ic­che (2011), Kago­jer Nouka (2013) and Oriya films such as Bhanauri — The Sink­ing Ship (2015), points out the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two in­dus­tries and Bol­ly­wood. “Ben­gali films, which are high on con­tent, are made on a small bud­get and less time, whereas Hindi films have big­ger bud­gets. The prob­lem with the Oriya film in­dus­try is that they make films on a small bud­get, but have long shoot­ing hours,” she says. Hav­ing worked in many se­ri­ous films, Bidita now wants to shift gen­res.“i want to do com­mer­cial films. I wish to bal­ance com­mer­cial and art films,” she says.

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