Actor parambrata Chattopadhyay recently shared his thoughts on Bengali cinema being pushed to the sidelines. He added that the scenario in the Bangladeshi industry should now change. He feels Tollywood lacks a wider audience and a lot of that is because of the audience. Parambrata also said that vernacular actors suffer from the influence of their native language. (Read also: Parambrata Chattopadhyay on Mental Health†
Parambrata is the great-nephew of the iconic filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak† After working mainly in the Bengali entertainment industry, he made his Bollywood debut in the Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani, which came out in 2012. In addition to acting, Parambrata also wore the director’s hat in 2011 with his Bengali film Jiyo Kaka.
Speaking of Tollywood not reaching a wider audience, Parambrata told Zoom: “It’s also a predicament that we have and we’re trying to deal with it. We’re known for making sensitive, sensible cinema, but I think that given the kind of renaissance we had around 2010, 2011 and 2012, we should have gone a little wider and reached out to more people in the country.”
“The Bengali public also has to accept a little bit that the films are being made and embrace new films with open arms. I don’t think we succeeded in conquering the Bengali diaspora. We are a race of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen. We have cultural baggage and I feel that even if people don’t appreciate that cinema, they carry the baggage on their shoulders. Bangladeshi viewers want to be a critical audience that keeps them from experimenting with new things. They need to come out of their shells, while creators also need to keep the wider audience in mind,” he added.
While interacting, Parambrata also agreed about Bangladeshi actors suffering from MTI (Mother Tongue Influence) and claimed that it was not harmful. He will be seen next time in Anushka SharmaChakda’s upcoming movie ‘Xpress.
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