30 October, 2020

Rituparno Ghosh

The filmmaker recently starred in two movies, Aar Ekti Premer Golpo and Memories in March, portraying gay men in both.

Rituparno Ghosh

How did the actor in you evolve?

I have directed 17 movies. Working with stars I had to get them out of commercial moulds, showing them in my unlearnt way. Since then I’ve actually acted through my actors.

For instance?

I would show Aishwarya (Rai) how to lower her voice during the dubbing of Chokher Bali. She tends to use a high-pitched voice.

So moving from behind the camera to in front of it was a natural progression?


Both roles you play represent the ‘other’....

It reflects a sensitivity towards understanding and being non-judgemental.

But in your own movies you tend to delineate mainstream romantic relationships.

Non-traditional relationships such as extramarital affairs have also played a part in my films such as Doshor and Antarmahal.

The popular notion is that both characters have been tailor-made for you.

On the contrary,...



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