27 September, 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
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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?

Certainly.

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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