“Dilip Sahab Called Me By His Name ‘Yusuf’ ” Says Saptrishi Ghosh

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Mousumi Das, Kolkata: Most talented Saptrishi Ghosh the Mumbai based actor, many doesn’t know about his bong-connection. The actor who was born in Kolkata, and subsequently raised in Lucknow, during his early years. This Mumbai based bong actor is soon to be seen in Balaji Telefilm’s “Naagin 3”. In a candid conversation with Kolkata24x7 Saptrishi shares his early days that he has spent in the city of joy, his struggle for the stardom that he has achieved today.

The very initial stage of his life he has spent in the city of joy. The memories of Kolkata still makes him nostalgic. After an initial schooling at the Cathedral School of Lucknow, Saptrishi relocated to Kolkata , and finished his higher secondary schooling from the Scottish Church College in north Kolkata. He completed his graduation from City College in north Kolkata.

Saptrishi started doing theater from a very early age, as an actor he appeared in many Indian television serials, like Balika Vadhu, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, Daag, Kitani Mohabbat Hai (season 2) and etc. He also appeared in Savdhaan India and Crime Patrol. This talented actor who don many hats was last seen on Star Plus’ popular daily, Love Ka Hai Intezaar has bagged a mysterious character in much-awaited show “Naagin 3” on Colors. He has been roped in to play a key role in this supernatural show.

About Naagin 3 as he says “It’s a different role which I have never done in my 22 years of screen career. It’s a mysterious character, cannot speak more on this. Only I can say is Balaji Telefilms is home for me as I started my career for television with Balaji.”

Lets take a look on what he says about his life and work:

1. What have been the greatest accomplishment as an actor?

I was fortunate to work with late Shakti Samanth, I played the lead role in his serial ‘Durga’ on Etv Bangla the only Bangla serial I have done . Another feather in the cap is working with legendary actor Dilip Kumar, the legendary actor directed me for his serial “Stree Teri Kahani” TV,it was a Popular Doordarshan Channel’s afternoon TV series and it was shot at Dilip Sahab’s own house.

Dilip Sahab is a legendary as it can get, a superstar who’s so down to earth. I have learnt all the techniques of acting from him and how to keep it subtle and effective.

I used to make him sing, a strange thing was that he never called me by my name rather he called me by his name Yusuf.

2. Of all the characters you have played as of now which is your favourite?

I have my own share of struggle as I did’t have any god father in Mumbai, I started with one or two role scene.Then I got a break in “Family No.1”on Sony, later I played a negative role in “Lajja” for the same channel.But my favourite character among these is the role I played in “Kahin Kisi Roz”of Balaji.

3. Being a Bengali would you like to work in Bengal?

As a Bengali I’m proud of that fact, I love when the creativity and art of a Bengali is appreciated across the globe. From a Bengali heartland I want to contribute to the audience. I would love to work in Bengali films.

4. Among the Bengali director’s of this era whose work attracts you most?

When I left Bengal the golden era of Bengali movie was gone as Satyajit Ray was no more then and Mrinal Sen was not making movie any more – it was an absolute shambles qualitatively. Rituparno Ghosh’s entry has changed the complete genre, he started a new era of Bengali films. Presently, directors like Kaushik Ganguly, Srijit Mukherji and Shiboprosad Mukherjee are making quality films. I’m a big fan of Kaushik Ganguly’s films.

5. Any other profession apart form acting ?

I did theater but other than acting on screen I’m associated as the Voice Over (Voice Dubbing) Artist. I’m the Indian voice for the character Loki in Avengers Infinity War. Earlier, I have lent my voice for Discovery India, Zee TV, SET Max,Sony and presently for UTV action channel I have lend my voice.

6. How is the bonding between you and Pyumori?

She is the anchor of my life. We are best of friends. I have gone through a troubled conjugal life earlier. This is my second marriage. But now I’m blessed with a lovely family and a great wife. She is the biggest critic and support of my life.I always tell her to pursue her dreams.

7. What do You like most being a Bengal?

I’m a hardcore Bengali. For very certain call me feudalistic but one thing I firmly believe is ‘what Bengal thinks now India thinks tomorrow.’I feel proud to see Bengali films shinning at Nation Award categories. Not only national circuit when it comes to art and creativity nobody can beat a Bengali.l love Bengali dishes – fishes like Ilish, Chingri,Pabda,Katla and posto are my favourite. Even my wife Pyumori sometime cooks delicious Bengali dishes.

8. If not an actor what would you be upto right now?

A Techie

9. What things in your life would you give up in an instant if you get a chance?

I would give up smoking.

10. It’s a time when reports of atrocities on women in every corner of our country is making headlines everyday,do you think a candle light march and social media protest can put an end to this?

This is a mental illness, a menace which can’t be treated overnight. Mental footprints of a person has to be change from the birth and in upbringing. Till the time boys are brought up with a conditioned mind that women are not sex objects, no candlelight vigil, life-sentence or death penalty can stop this heinous crime. Tell the boys that we are not superior, women are superior as we come from them. Or Follow stringent punishment like the middle east counties.

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