The reel thing

SRI­JIT MUKHERJI, 34, Film­maker

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

“We do not al­ways end up mar­ry­ing our first love,” says film­maker Sri­jit Mukherji, of his pas­sion for the­atre. Since the re­sound­ing suc­cess of his first film, Au­to­graph (2010), which ran for 114 days, won 41 awards, went to four in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals like Lon­don In­dian Film Fes­ti­val and es­tab­lished him as one of the bright­est stars of the Tol­ly­wood fra­ter­nity, Mukherji has been com­pletely con­sumed by the world of films. Fol­low­ing up his de­but vic­tory at the box of­fice with Baishe Srabon (2011), Mukherji ad­mits he was in tears when the au­di­ence gave his film a stand­ing ova­tion. “That, too, for a tick­eted show, not a pre­miere!” he says. “I wasn’t even aware of the pos­si­bil­ity of such a spon­ta­neous re­ac­tion be­yond the the­atri­cal stage.”

THE JOUR­NEY A stu­dent of Pres­i­dency Col­lege, he gave up his Ban­ga­lore job as an econo­me­tri­cian and switched gears to pur­sue his pas­sion—the­atre and films Start­ing out with Fe­luda Ferot (2008) and Check­mate (2009), two non-canon­i­cal the­atri­cal works, he moved on to as­sist­ing An­jan Dutt and Aparna Sen. “I never went to a film school. So these peo­ple are my alma mater.” Con­tact: twit­!/sri­jit­s­pea keth­s­peaketh

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