A long wait for a good offer

Last Updated 30 April 2014, 14:29 IST

Tum Bin fame actor Priyanshu Chatterjee, recently seen in ‘Samrat & Co’, doesn’t have any particular role in mind or any fixed plans to direct.

He says he would like to be part of ‘interesting and entertaining’ cinema that helps him ‘shine like never before’ and that he may wield the megaphone if a subject ‘grips’ his attention.

“Let’s see what destiny has in store for me, what sort of roles I get and how the audience feels about me. This is all hypothetical,” he said when asked about future plans.

“I would love to be a part of an interesting, entertaining film in which I shine like never before,” added Priyanshu. Do you want to direct films?

“No such plans yet, but if there is a subject that haunts me enough to grip me and I feel only I will be able to do justice to it, then yes, I will sink my teeth into it as well,” he said.

Starring Rajeev Khandelwal in the lead role, ‘Samrat & Co’ opened to a lukewarm response at the box office when the thriller mystery was released on April 25. Talking about the genre, he said, “Detective thrillers stay relatively unexplored yet.”

Buoyed by the narrative and well-etched characters, the model-turned-actor accepted the offer.

“I heard the narration from Kaushik Ghatak, the director of the movie, and found the story interesting. Also, I thought the characters were well-etched and hence I said, yes,” said Priyanshu.

When asked whether he bonded with his co-stars, especially Rajeev, he said, “There was nothing to bond over with Rajeev as the script sets that down for you. As a colleague, he was professional and I had a good time working with him.”

As far as big success is concerned, it has so far eluded Priyanshu, who made an impressive debut in director Anubhav Sinha’s 2001 sleeper hit Tum Bin.

In his over a decade-long acting career, he featured in Woh, ‘Julie’, and Madhoshi, but none could help boost his career.

In 2008, success came in the form of Bhoothnath but it was all about Amitabh Bachchan, who played the ghost, and child actor Aman Siddiqui.

 Later he tried his luck in Bengali films also. However, Priyanshu feels that he got his due as all producers paid him in full.

His next will be Barkha, slated for an August release.

He has not done too many light-hearted roles. “I think it’s the other way around. They chose me,” he said when asked about choosing serious and sentimental films such as Tum Bin and Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai.

“However, I thought Dil Ka Rishta and Rajdhani Express were pretty funny acts. And I always say it’s a director’s medium so it’s really not up to me to make that call. I am just an actor,” he added.

A graduate from Delhi University, he aspired to be a chartered accountant, but then came a modelling offer and he embarked on a new journey.

“It’s destiny more than anything else. You just come to the crossroads and decide which way you want to go. It’s your passion, hunger, patience, grit and so many other variables that come together to make that choice for you,” he said.

(Published 30 April 2014, 14:29 IST)

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