Being a big star in Bengali cinema, Bollywood was not in Swastika Mukherjee‘s wish-list as the actress found the idea of leaving her own industry “discomforting”.
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“Bollywood was never on my mind. I was and I am really happy with the work I am getting in Bengali cinema. It’s seldom that actors are satisfied but I am happy with my work. I was really not comfortable with the idea of leaving my place, going to Bollywood, auditioning for roles and starting from scratch,” Swastika, who is making her debut with “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!“, told in an interview.
“I have seen actors from here, leaving their work, trying for Hindi films, not getting success… And when they returned, their place was already filled by someone else. This was not something that I wanted for myself,” Swastika said.
The actress, best known for her Bengali films “Abar Byomkesh”, “Bhooter Bhabishyot”and “Jaatishwar”, had starred in a segment of Hindi film “Mumbai Cutting” but does not count that movie as her Bollywood debut.
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Swastika said she thought of seriously trying a career in Bollywood when Dibakar Banerjee’s film came her way. “I used to meet people from Mumbai, who would ask for my films’ DVDs and so I was open to working here but I always believed that if it has to happen, my work will do that and speak for itself. And so ‘Byomkesh’ happened. I was called for an audition.
“I was really nervous because in my career I never gave any audition. But when I got to know it was Dibakar Banerjee’s film, I thought to give it a try. I had actually lost all hope as I was not getting any call and I thought there would be many girls vying for the role. But just when I thought of moving on, I got the offer,” she said.
Swastika plays Angoori Devi, a 1943 film star, in the film. The multi-layered character is an unpredictable woman, who is as much of a mystery to Byomkesh (Sushant Singh Rajput) as to the audience. Naturally, the 34-year-old actress is excited about her role.
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“The base line is that she is a 1943 film star. She has white, black, grey and every other shade… She is a mystery. Byomkesh is always trying to test who she exactly is. Generally, film stars reveal their true side when they are alone but Angoori Devi does not even do that, so no one gets to know what’s for real and reel,” Swastika said.