Interview By: Hasti Doshi

Ritabhari is a popular Bengali film and television actress and she is making waves through her debut with a music video with Ayushmann Khurrana. She also featured for a short film ‘Naked’ starring Kalki Koechlin. This Bengali beauty has just made a buzz for her work and now she has lot more to do further. Excerpt

“End of the day audience is the one who gives your career verdict in mass media”

How does it feel to be part of the album ‘Orrey Mon’ with Ayushmann Khurana?

It was wonderful to work with him. Swanand Kirkire is my favorite — it was a dream come true to collaborate with him. He is the sweetest person I know. I have loved Ayushmann ever since I have seen Vicky Donor.

How did the album happen to you? And did you enjoy the chemistry with Ayushmann?

The flavor of Calcutta cafe was Bengali so they wanted a Bengali actress and the project gladly came to me. The song demanded a typical ‘couple in love’ chemistry which would have not been possible if Ayushmann did not make me feel so comfortable on the sets. He is such a wonderful co-actor and needless to say so handsome!

Achieving fame in Bengali Film Industry; how does that feel?

I started working since I was 16 – Have worked in television, films, theatre, short films etc. I feel extremely lucky and blessed that audience accepted me in Bengal. End of the day audience is the one who gives your career verdict in mass media. They make me feel stronger and encourage me to work on better projects.

What are your further plans for Bollywood?

If only everything happened according to plans! I definitely want to work in Hindi films but I am ready to be patient for the right project for me.

How’s the experience working with Kalki Koechlin in the much talked about short fi lm “Naked”?

Kalki is my favorite co-actor so far! She is amazing. She was recovering from dengue when we collaborated for Naked but still she made time out to do workshop and rehearsals before the shoot. She is effortlessly beautiful and an actor I have learnt so much from. I am a fan!

Where do you see yourself in coming years?

I would like to see myself doing better projects and more interesting characters and films, expanding my NGO SCUD’s work. Also pampering my mother more and traveling a lot more.

What next is on your list?

Another music video which I finished shooting with television actor Kunal Karan Kapoor , written by my favorite Swanand Kirkire, Sung by Filmfare winner Anupam Roy and an English fi lm by National Award winner Dr.Biju Kumar Damodaran . We start shooting May 21st onwards in Sikkim.

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