Tridha: "A Girl like ‘Aaheli’ was a character that I longed to play."
fter coming to the spotlight in 2011, there was no looking back for her. Tridha Chowdhury, a micro-biology student from Scottish Church College, tasted success when she was crowned as the winner of Clean & Clear Calcutta Times Fresh Face 2011. She has started her Tollywood journey with ‘Mishor Rohoshyo’, a film by Srijit Mukherji, who happened to be one of the judges for the Clean & Clear event in 2011.
Flexible and confident Tridha Chowdhury, now lets her hair down to play a Delhi girl, in director duo Abhijit Guha - Sudeshna Roy’s dream for five years, ‘Jodi Love Dile Na Prane’.
In a brief tête-à-tête with the girl who’s never nervous…
How did you bag the role of ‘Aaheli’ in ‘Jodi Love Dile Na Prane’?
All these happened because of ‘Swastika di’. She got to know me better when we worked together for ‘Mishor Rohoshyo’. She was the one who referred my name to ‘Sudeshna di’ for the role.
Are you happy to play ‘Aaheli’ in the film?
A girl like ‘Aaheli’ was a character that I longed to play. ‘Aaheli’ is very subtle, soft and angelic. She’s like this woman who anybody would fall in love with. She loves her man, dresses up in ethnic wear, and happens to ape her mother’s look and demeanor as well.
The character doesn’t deviate from what she wants to do, by falling in love. She doesn’t get distracted or swept away by love. Tridha is very much that girl.
The story has a reference to ‘Abujh Meye’ by Sukanta Gangopadhyay. How has that been reflected in the film?
The film definitely justifies that reference. If not everything, most of it has been adapted from the novel, with a bit of added touch. Anindya (Bose) da has done a very good job with the script. The contrast in characters, and the way he made each of them prominent in the film, is quite evident.
What’s the feeling to work with the likes of Abir Chatterjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Kaushik Sen?
Getting a chance to share the screen with such great actors is fabulous. There’s a lot to know and learn from them. And it’s an inspiration to be amidst fun and frolic with the likes of Kaushik Sen, who’s such a wonderful background in theatre. The most important thing that I’ve learnt is humility.
How did you like working with Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy?
They have been like family to me. Sudeshna di(I happen to call her ‘sudeshna aunty’ at times) is just like my mother. I got a lot of support from her. And Rana da(Abhijit Guha) is very particular about what he wants. He explains a situation very well so as to remove any added pressure that I might be feeling. He’s like a cute baby. He’s very sweet and he’s the cutest director I’ve ever known (laughs).
What provided you with the thrust to take up acting as a career?
I have been an Odissi dancer. So, I never had a stage fright. Confidence is always there, and nervousness never held me back. I always looked up to some people for advice. Mentors like Srijit da, Sudeshna di, Rana da, and Kaushik Sen has helped me a lot. My imagination and observation have been key ingredients. I used to do school plays. And there was an arrogance to be ‘good enough’ with the job at hand. And that definitely helped a lot. Moreover, my family members have been very supportive towards this. Appreciation pushed me forward.
How do you groom yourself as an actor?
If you really want to be an actor, it’s necessary to get into the core of the character. So, I’ve been trying to build up on that and also get rid of my inhibitions. Practicing and following the technique of ‘method acting’ and then repeating that performance flawlessly in front of a big unit is important. It might sound cliché, but the word is ‘dedication’. You cannot be pushed into this. You need to love what you are doing, and be aware of the people you are working with. I also read a lot of books, which helps me to understand characters.
How versatile would you like to be as an actor?
I don’t want to typecast myself just as a commercial actor. I’d like to work with independent film-makers, if I’m given a suitable option. I’ve also acted in a Tamil film titled ‘Orey Nyabagam’. And, I’d definitely want to be a part of theatre, if I can manage my schedule, to further strengthen my acting skills.
As a newcomer in this industry, what would you like to prefer – script or banner?
A good script of course; people appreciate the film and its story, not the banner.