An actor, producer, dancer, writer and mother, Rituparna Sengutpa is a woman of many roles. Hemchhaya De finds out what keeps Tollywood’s leading lady always in boss mode
Rituparna Sengupta is a bundle of energy and it is tough keeping up with her pace. The day I caught up with the actor for the interview was no different. When I walked up the stairs of her palatial house in South Kolkata’s Lake Gardens, Sengupta was getting ready for an event and a shoot for National Award-winning director Kaushik Ganguly’s Drishtikone. She will be seen opposite Tollywood superstar Prosenjit in the film. The gorgeous actor, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Aparna Sen and Rituparno Ghosh, welcomed me into her beautifully done drawing room, and after a brief puja, sat down on a plush sofa for a tête-à-tête, interspersed with numerous work calls and getting her makeup done.
You have a formidable body of work. What’s the secret to your success?
It has not been a simple journey. You can’t have the luxury of thinking that you have achieved everything. You need grit and determination to stick around. This is true not only for our industry, but for other professions as well. You should be able to do your job well and encourage hundreds of others to follow you. Setting a goal for yourself is the most important thing in life. I believe in karma. I cannot ensure any results or accolades for my karma, but your karma can get you and others a better life. And this can be any kind of work—if you cook well and teach others to do this, they can perhaps earn a livelihood from it. So you are not only strengthening your capacity, but that of others as well. A lot of people ask me, ‘Why do you always work with new people?’ I say, ‘Why not?’ Many tell me that I could have scaled greater heights or that I could have been more strategic, but I cannot be strategic in the strictest sense of the term. When you do so, you are only thinking about yourself or about your own victory. I want to create an example for others. When a junior actor compliments me on my work or when they say I am a warm person, I take that as my reward—the fact that they are perhaps looking up to me in some way. That is far more important to me than a blockbuster.
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