Swastika Mukherjee: “People called me beshya, but I’m not surprised!”
he bold and beautiful Swastika Mukherjee has had quite a journey through Mainak Bhaumik’s film TAKE ONE. The pointed arrows of controversies and the sharp knives of criticism don’t seem to bleed her anymore. She has gone through a meandering journey of life, and is now more weathered and evolved as an actor and also as a person.
In a brief tete-a-tete with Tollywood Dhamaka…
TAKE ONE has already started a lot of debate around. What’s your call on this?
I want people to watch this film for whatever reasons – good, bad, or ugly and then do all the talking.
What are you expecting from people anyway?
Look, it’s a very dark and depressing film; so I am not expecting people to walk out of the theatres laughing.
But, so much negative criticism…does that hurt you?
It doesn’t make any difference to me now. It’s just funny how predictable the reactions were. And this shows how little we are progressing. You know, people don’t consider the character Doel Mitra, instead they think that Swastika Mukherjee is the one who has done all that has been shown as a part of the film’s story. They don’t really differentiate between the reel life character and the real life character. People called me beshya, but I’m not surprised!
So, how are you doing now?
I have fallen (laughs). Hopefully, I’ll be able to rise again with the release of the film.
We certainly hope so!! Well, on the personal front, what’s your opinion on the film & the character?
It is one of the most important films of my life, and Doel Mitra is one of the most important characters I’ve played in my 12 year career. It wasn't hard preparing for Doel's character, at all. I don’t do a lot of homework as I act on my instincts. And more importantly, Doel Mitra is a character I can identify with. I have relived my own memories through the course of the film. So, it is indeed very special for me.
You and Mainak are very close to each other…
Yes, he is intertwined with my life. We share every kind of relationship, except for the physical. He knows a lot about my life, understands me really well and thus we complement each other really well. He gives me a lot of freedom and I never feel conscious of the presence of a director at the location.
A film like TAKE ONE can become emotionally draining? What do you feel?
I’m very proud to have been a part of TAKE ONE, and I don’t want anyone to feel bad about me or my daughter.
What’s been your biggest satisfaction?
The society is filled with double standard people. If you say the truth, you’ll be criticized, and crucified! But despite all that, to satisfy myself as an actor, I’m doing exactly what I should be doing, and I have always wanted to do.
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