Anwesha Mukherjee: "I used to bully Mainak on the sets of Take One"
ilm-maker Mainak Bhaumik honestly admitted that he likes stealing from his friends’ lives. And he didn’t make an exception when it came to stealing from Swastika Mukherjee’s life for the purpose of TAKE ONE. Our Little Birdie hears that he didn’t just stop at that, Mainak stole her daughter Anwesha too! He pulled the school going girl out of her comfort couch and casted her in his controversial film.
“Anwesha is a very smart girl. She’s like ‘Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde’. On one side she’s like an immature baby who’s a Justin Bieber freak, and on the other side she’s a really matured, nurtured girl who’s one of the most intelligent kids I have interacted with,” said the director in defense.
Anwesha Mukherjee, who’s now in the tenth standard, is certainly more grown up than her naïve smile would suggest. Here’s a brief excerpt of what she had to say about TAKE ONE and life as she sees it…
Was it fun working with Mainak?
Yes, it was great. I used to bully him. I used to bring friends over to the shoot and they called him ‘Bonty’, and I always threatened to beat him up and blackmail him in different ways (laughs).
How was your experience shooting for the film TAKE ONE?
It was wonderful. During the shoot, I felt like I’m at home, just under CCTV surveillance. I also relived all my boarding school memories through this journey. Hence, the film is very close to my real life.
What did you learn through this journey?
I realized how difficult an actor’s life is. I saw a lot of criticism on Twitter and Facebook. Although I laughed a lot, I realized that it can make a big impact on your life.
What do you think about such negative reactions then?
I have seen people’s mindless criticism. They don’t care about emotions. I think they should change their mindsets. They should look at things from a global perspective.
What’s your opinion about the character your mother played? Do you think it’s auto-biographical?
I wouldn’t say that the character of Doel Mitra is exactly like mom’s life. I think she played a brave character. She did it because she took up the job to do it. It’s her life, and I consider that fair. I really don’t understand why people are so insensitive!
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