'I know why I am in the industry'

We still recognise Priyanshu Chatterjee for his brilliant performance in Tum Bin. 

His other films like Pinjar and Bhoothnath which did very well at the box office give us a reason not to forget him despite his minimal presence in Bollywood.

Back in a flick Samrat & Co. almost after a year, Priyan-shu is excited about his role and his association with Rajshri Productions.  

The actor who was recently in the City for the promotion of Sakae Sushi Restaurant, Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj, in a candid chat with Metrolife spoke about his films. 

“I will be seen in a Hindi Film after a year,” says Priyanshu, who performed the role of an author in Rajdhani Express.  “I was busy with Bengali films. Gautam Ghose’s Act Zero was released soon after Rajdhani Express. I was busy shooting for another Bengali film and Samrat...” says he. 

Since the film is releasing on April 25,  Priyanshu talks about his role in Samrat... where Rajeev Khandelwal plays the role of a detective. 

“It is a classic murder mystery where a series of events raise question on every actor in the film. You cannot define who is playing a negative or positive role in the film. Every character is crucial to the film,” says Priyanshu, without revealing much about his role in the film.
 
Quiz him about his comfort level in doing ‘side roles’ in Hindi film, the 41-year-old 
actor says, “I know why I am in the industry and what I am doing. If you see my work, I haven’t done any film for the sake of role offered to me in the film.” 
 
He explains, “I believe in the story of the film.  Also, film is never an actor’s medium, it is always a director’s medium. Stage is the place where an actor gets a chance to prove the mettle of his talent,” says Priyanshu, who is more inclined towards regional cinema because of this reason. 

“Regional cinema has its own advantage. No matter these films are not made 
with a budget of crores and don’t even generate enough revenue, it still gives a platform to the technicians and the artistes. As an actor, I get enough meat which I hardly get in Mumbai film industry. You always feel excited to see your own work,” explains the actor.

The actor is now ready to expand the contours of his talent by working with independent filmmakers.  

He will be seen in Barkha directed by Shadab Mirza. 

“Shadab is a new director and I am pinning my hope on the film,” says Priyanshu excitedly. 

“Hollywood evolved because of independent filmmakers who wanted to offer something new to the audience.  A similar trend is being seen in Bollywood too. Upcoming directors have new ideas which are being widely appreciated by the people. It is important for us to see where these directors will take us,” he signs off.
 

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