On his birthday today, I'm committing for life: Raj Chakraborty

The yellow Canary door on the 36th floor of the floor of Raj - Subhashree emanates a sensation of contagious heat. Even when the outside environment is bleak with a layer of mist that makes it difficult to see far away, the Canary-yellow crystals and the sofa cover in its spacious living room seem to announce that the inhabitants of the apartment are happy to beat the blues. Sitting on the couch is Raj, reviewing his notes before attending his first press conference as president of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) .n If one drives along the Kalyani Express highway, the physical distance between this direction of great height and its hometown, Halisahar, is 60 km. But what about emotional distance? The son of a university employee in Halisahar has come a long way. The dreams of a middle class boy from a small town have catapulted him into a closed complex. “I still have the house in Halisahar… My mentality remains the same. I'm still the old workaholic Raj, who believes in honesty, tries to explain, leaning back in the window that overlooks the city. jungle what the city has become.

But honestly speaking, this scenario is drastically different from what Raj has in his hit movies. His personal landscape has no space for the vivacious girl next to Parineeta, who can happily enter the neighbor's house and get into the kitchen to eat pickles. Nor is it near the rustic landscape of his next one, titled Dharmajuddha. Before one can discuss more, his cell phone rings. The word Love blinks on the home screen. Raj answers the call and says: Driver ... No, I don't think he came. Tell him that the Raj of Halisahar and the Subhashree of Burdwan did not grow up with chauffeurs at your service. As much as Raj would like to make him believe that nothing has changed, everything has changed, including his lexicon. “I think people have to adapt with time and circumstances. I had booked this apartment in 2010 after having earned some money directing Shotru. It took me a long time but I was ready to wait. I had decided that I wanted to stay in this high particular skyscraper and that was it. ”

What kind of aspiration is this where the height of the tower kicks? The height does not matter. It is about setting a high goal. If you start to think that you will have a simple lifestyle, everything related to you will also be simple. If you can't think big, how can you run things on a large scale?


This trait, he insists, was always there in him. “When I grew up in Halisahar, my parents told me to appear for job interviews. I would refuse Every day, there would be friction at home. Finally, I left Halisahar for Kachrapara. I always need a goal. In addition, I am also a little player. Jibon niye juya khelte love bhalo lage. I like to play with life ... nWhat is the biggest bet in your life? “The realization of Parineeta. I kept everything at stake to produce this movie, ”he reveals. Nobody asked him not to take so much risk? None, he says. “Everyone likes moving and working from a safe place. I like working from an insecure space. I like working with people who have failed or been rejected. That is a challenge for me ...

Before I can explain more, Subhashree enters the room. Dressed in white, it's like a breath of fresh air. After she sits on the couch, one asks if she didn't stop Raj from investing everything in Parineeta. I understood that it was a movie that was giving the actress a great platform. But, as a wife, didn't she tell him to ask her not to take so much risk? “I am his true partner. I have faith in their decisions and we discuss whether I have certain observations. We have an understanding to support each other, ”he says of his osmosis process.


Raj's selection as president of KIFF has ecstatic. She remembers the moment the call first came to Raj's phone. “He was sitting next to him while driving. I was using a bluetooth and I could hear everything. Raj was very modest and said: Apnara je jaegata amake dichhen taate ami industry te thaakte parbona (I won't be able to stay in the industry if they offer me this designation). The person on the other side said: ‘Hya, kalke theke apnar shotrur sonkhya bere jabe. Apnake ektu porisrom beshi korte hobe. Tobe mukkhomontrir apnar opor bhorsha dolhe (Yes, tomorrow the number of your enemies will increase. You will have to work a little harder. The chief minister fully trusts in your abilities), Subhashree recalls.

Raj smiles and adds: My sense of the road is generally good, but I lost my sense of direction after receiving that call and could not find out where I was driving. Actually, my mind had already begun to think about how to handle my detractors. ” Subhashree adds that it makes her happy that the industry has given the right space to the person who had caused a “revolution” in Tollywood with Chirodini… Tumi Je Amar “Nandan was the place where he used to hang out to get a ticket from movie theater. Having the opportunity to have an office there as president of KIFF is huge, says Subhashree. Raj quickly remembers that he has removed the badge from his office. “I don't even sit in the chair. I feel you don't need a chair to do the job. You can sit on the bench and continue doing what is necessary, ”he says.

Ask him how he will respond to detractors who wonder why there are no more Mrinal Sen films screened on KIFF and says: We wanted to pay tribute to many legends. So, we chose a movie and that is Bhuvan Shome . I heard that a retrospective of his film will be organized in Nandan soon. ” While doing your homework, did some names of movies and directors seem Hebrew? Yes. I couldn't even pronounce them correctly. But I'm not ashamed to admit what I don't know. It is true that I started watching films by Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut. I needed Google to have the correct phonetics, he admits. Subhashree quickly comes to his rescue and says: If we ask many directors to speak up

Our names could have the same problems.


It is not rocket science to understand that the tuning of the duo is enviable. There are certain qualities in me that he has improved, Subhashree highlights. In a matter of seconds, the loving husband picks up the thread and explains how she is a very sensible human being. “People used to misunderstand her. She is pure emotion. Few know that he loves to read and is addicted to watching movies. She craves love. If someone offers you a drop of love, she will return an ocean full of emotions. She is a very good giver. There was a bad time in my life when nothing worked. He used to do television shows where he had suffered great losses. The lenders regularly asked me to pay. At that time, it was Subhashree who told me that everyone is going through a bad stage in life and asked me to defend myself, says Raj.

Has your bond strengthened by fighting together against the minimums? Before Parineeta, Raj was almost ruled out as director. Despite his talent, Subhashree did not participate in any role backed by the author. Of course, they say in unison, before discussing how people refused to support them by saying that a movie with Subhashree in the lead will not work. Subhashree had also tried to convince me by saying: 'Sotti toh, ami achhi bolei ki chhobita cholbe (Honestly, why would a movie work with me?', I insisted that the movie will work because he has it in his head. One asks if those were the words of a confident husband or the director of the film. Director. I wouldn't say anything like that as a husband. I'm very arrogant as a director, he says.


Subhashree nods, talking about how Raj's ability to deliver is often misjudged. Judging people is the easiest concern, she says. Soon, the conversation turned to how a large part of the film fraternity had thrown a collective sigh of despair when he was elected as president of KIFF. I get a lot of kick when I hear those sighs, says Raj. Will Soumitra Chatterjee be present at the festival this year? “Our prime minister has asked us to invite him especially for the inauguration. The main secretary, Vivek Kumar, has already called him. ” Will, former president of KIFF Prosenjit Chatterjee be there too? “Bumbada will be there. Didi has especially asked us to invite people from the theater world, ”he says. Why is Bratya Basu theatrical personality always so discreet when it comes to KIFF? He is always there with us, he insists.


While Raj speaks, Luchi and Sada Aloor Torkari are served breakfast. Raj casually dipped the luchi into the torkari bowl while answering the questions. Is there anything Subhashree has discovered in Raj's daily lifestyle that makes her shrink? Something like keeping a wet towel in bed? “I would shudder if someone else did, but not if it's Raj. It may be, I'm too in love with him. He often gets distracted while talking to me. If I ask him, he says he hasn't heard anything. This may annoy others, but I know I could have been thinking about their shots while I talked! Over time, I have become more patient. Marriage has given me more confidence, he says, and adds that he generally seeks Raj's opinion while doing something. But I don't always do that. I like to share my emotions with her, ”admits Raj.

To give an example, Raj reveals how he shared a recent incident with Subhashree. “Only yesterday, I knew how a person, who believed I was in my close circuit of friends, expressed surprise about how he could earn so much money to buy an SUV. She couldn't guess who the person was. When I revealed the name, he was surprised, ”explains Raj.

What if you met this friend of yours at a party? Would you forgive and forget? I will call him in front of everyone and tell him that this is my investment and these are the collections, he says. By chance, is this person your old friend Rudranil? No, Rudra is a love, the answer comes.

Interestingly, Rudranil, who was also his wedding photographer, has a small grudge for not offering him papers backed by the author. How can you forget your roles in Proloy, Adventures of Jojo and Katmundu? Raj asks in defense. According to Raj's current work, it seems that he has gravitated more towards Ritwick Chakrabarty after having chosen him in two consecutive films. “I have chosen Rudra in very good roles. He complains a little but it is a love. He has a great contribution in my life. Although we have fought a lot, I just love him, ”explains Raj. If I had to do a Shobdo, who would I throw to the head? “I am a commercial film director. If I had to, I would have chosen Dev in a new version of Shobdo, ”he says.

Do the disappointments of the so-called friends make him retreat to a shell? “Before, I used to depend on quite a few people. If these people supported something, I felt it would be good for me, ”says Raj. Is that dependence because he was an industry stranger who needed a scaffold to settle in Tollywood? No. I love relying on people. I used to interact with a group to exchange ideas. He believed in taking people's advice to learn, Raj adds.

That was during the period when he was not married to Subhashree. Has success changed all that? Some of his former associates complain that he often does not recognize the people who were there with him in the past and is now surrounded by flatterers who never question him. “Emotional scars impact people. I used to depend on people who questioned my success for Parineeta. There was a time when I felt I could not live without them. It was a connection of the soul. There is one of those people that still exists from that group. It is Padmanabha Dasgupta. He is my only friend in the industry and is very positive. With him, I have fights for not giving me enough time. Turn on your phone only after 10 in the morning. Then, I call him on his wife's phone in the morning so we can talk, he says.

Is Subhashree taking up the space of your main group of friends? In truth, my needs have changed after marriage, he says. Subhashree intervenes to add that, as individuals, they both like to be emotionally marked. “Amra bodhoy dhakka khete bhalobashi. That's because we both like to love. Scars are inevitable when one is in love.

And as far as she is concerned, I think it's very sweet. She's like my baby ... I even wake her

from the dream saying: ‘Baby, ghum theke otho. On her birthday on Sunday, I will commit for life to her.


Subhashree blushes while Raj makes the sweet pond of saccharin. One wanders to ask how much of the credit for Subhashree's performance in Parineeta will be attributed to his acting coach - theater

Sohini Sengupta personality?

I would say that 70% of the credit goes to Sohini, Raj admits.

Dev, in the recent past, has generally been paired with Rukmini. Is it mandatory that Raj movies only have Subhashree in the lead? No. Of course, I like working with her. It all depends on the script. In 2020, he has five films in a row. Baba Yadav is its next director. I'm also trying to make a movie with her, ”says Raj. To this Subhashree adds that he wants to work with everyone. “I should have something to do in the movie. However, I don't want to take the pressure of a full movie on my shoulder.

While Subhashree has already worked with former boyfriend Dev, what if they ask Raj to make a commercial with one of his ex-llamas? He ran a commercial with Mimi (Chakraborty) and me, says Subhashree. No, something like the commercial of Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone? If they give me the money I want, I will definitely act in that commercial, he says, as he prepares to go to the press conference. As he walks to the door, one asks if his experience in KIFF will change him as a director. Raj doesn't need a second to answer. I don't want to be the director of the festival. I will make cinema based on content. If an official remake is based on content, I will not belittle it. I want to know everything but do what I want, says goodbye with a smile.



1) Who is Tollywood's most talented actress?

Konkona Sen Sharma

2) Who is Tollywood's most elegant hero?


3) What is the strangest nickname for which you have been called?

Pablo and Bhola

4) Virat-Anushka, Deepika-Ranbir, Priyanka-Nick: who is your favorite celebrity couple?


5) Like Prosenjit and Arpita, would you and Raj also want to make a commercial together as husband and wife?

Why not?

6) Imagine in three years

A mother

7) If a movie was ever made in Raj’s

life, what gender would it be? Romance

or thriller?


8) Where would you go if

were they invisible?

I would go to Gariahat and drink a lot of phuchka. During Durga Puja, I went to all the pandals and looked at many idols

9) A song that best describes your romance with Raj ...

Pran dite chai/Mon dite chai/

Shob tuku dhyan sharakhon

say chai tomake

10) If they offer you a ticket, do you see yourself contesting surveys like Nusrat and Mimi?

If the offer arrives, I will think about it


1) Who is the most overrated actor in Bollywood?

Salman Khan

2) Who is the most underrated heroine in Tollywood?

Paayel Sarkar and Sayantika Banerjee

3) Who is the most overrated director?

Karan Johar

4) What Bollywood movie would you like to officially redo?

3 idiots or sholay

5) If you call/go to invite Prosenjit Chatterjee for attending the KIFF inaugural ceremony, what will your first line be?

Dada tumi aschho kintu

6) During your research for KIFF, what is that classic that you saw and did not understand anything?

The tin drum of Volker Schlondorff

7) If you are given an obscene amount of money to do something, what do you still not agree to do?

I will never do intellectual

movie theater

8) If you are asked to act in a

commercial with an ex-flame alone

the way Ranbir and Deepika have

done, who would you choose?

Whoever the customer wants. I am a

professional and I'm ready to work with everyone

9) What celebrity have you started following recently on insta?


10) If you had not been a director, what would you have been?

A soldier