By Ahana Bhattacharya
Mumbai, August 14 (IANS) Actress Rituparna Sengupta has opened up about how the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has helped her rediscover herself.
Rituparna talked about the same thing and said to IANS: “It has been a mixed experience for me. There are a few good things like that I could spend a lot more time with my family, especially kids, and spend more time on my writing. ”
“The pandemic gave me a chance to rediscover myself. It has made us invest much more in our relationships, parents, children and emotions. We drove a little too fast before this, almost like a cyclone. Life had become too mechanical, ”the actor explained.
“The best thing for me was to help my daughter with her studies for her exams, record dance videos together and teach her to paint. I also did things like cycling and driving and contributed to a Covid kitchen for people and vaccination for special children, ”she said.
Asked what is the lesson she has learned from the pandemic, the actress said: “That we can be content with very small things in life, something we had probably forgotten. Our needs are very basic, but we forgot about it. We have also destroyed nature a lot, which has given us a home. It is our responsibility to preserve it. I hope we remember these lessons even after this pandemic is over. ”
The national award-winning actress, best known for her contribution to the Bangla cinema, also opened up about how the film industry and theater business have been affected in the midst of the pandemic.
“When theaters were closed, some films suffered after a few days of release, some are still waiting to be released. The theater owners and workers suffered a lot. The cinema industry has suffered, especially those who receive daily wages. In general, it is a very sad situation and we “I am a victim of this situation. I have tried my best to stand by people as much as I could. I hope this too will pass,” she said.
Since theaters have been closed, many films, even large banner films, have been released on OTT platforms in recent times. Being an actress, would it make a difference for Rituparna if her films are released on OTT instead of theaters?
Theater has a different charm. I’m a product of commercial cinema. I started at a time when OTT platforms did not even exist. We got our popularity from celluloid. I have enormous respect for that. I always wanted movies to be released in theaters. At the same time, I want alternative platforms to flourish as well, ”the actor replied.
Rituparna recently recorded in Mumbai for Veena Bakshi’s directorial film ‘Ittar’ with Deepak Tijori and Kabir Lal’s ‘Antardrishti’, which is a remake of the Spanish thriller ‘Julia’s Eyes’.
How different is the experience of shooting in Mumbai from Kolkata?
“The atmosphere is different. I feel a little more at home in Kolkata. Mumbai is very good in terms of production. The work is also being carried out on a larger scale due to a higher budget. Work ethic and style vary with different manufacturers and instructors, ”said Rituparna.
Speaking of herself, the actress added: “I am a very flexible actress and adapt to different work styles because I am mostly engrossed in the character I play. For me, the end product is most important. ”
On the work front, Rituparna is currently hosting the TV show ‘Rishta’ on Colors TV Asia Pacific.
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