A heady mix: Is it important to be a trained actor asked Reeth Mazumdar
As a child, I would visit my the editing studios with him grandfather (Nikunj Bhattacharya). But by the time, I started grooming myself to become an actor, he passed away
Reeth Mazumdar was almost thrown out of her first Bengali film Antarghaat when she asked a prominent character actor in Bengali industry, 'Is it important to be a trained actor?' The innocous question asked by a spunky 15 year old girl became a cause of great discomfort when he replied with great aplomb that the experience of light, camera and action in reality transcended any training given by an institute. Undoubtedly it was a simple answer, but the statement left everyone stunned as it was made by an actor who also happened to be the director of an acting institute. Reeth then mentioned that she was the same girl who had almost been rejected by the institute for her lack of knowledge of Bengali literature.
"Eventually, I gave up the training course after a couple of weeks, because I found it very boring," says the actress, who has charted a very interesting career for herself on international soil. Her films, which have been mostly foreign collaborations, have done extremely well on the festival circuits, bringing recognition to the lissome Bengali actress. She's now looking forward to start work on an untitled Bengali film directed by debutant Sameer Banerjee, which will go on the floors by mid-March next year. "I play the role of a strong woman working in a corporate set-up. It is a complex subject, and is a mix of thrill, drama, emotions." She will also be acting in a big budget Hindi film, the details of which she is hesitant to reveal.
In the interim period, Reeth is learning French to prepare for her forthcoming Indo-French venture, which is a love story between an Indian girl and a French boy, which will go on the floors in September. She's also busy translating novels written by her 83-year-old grandmother Durga Bhattacharya into English. Throwing light on her foray into foreign films, she reveals that she got the roles after auditioning for them. She has essayed a wide variety of roles, from a photo-journalist in Swen to acting in an Indo-Italian collaboration, Visible Brastrap, which portrays virtual friendship between a small town Indian girl and her counterpart living in Milan, to the French film The Aurevoir.