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Fragrance of success

Rahul Bose, whose latest film, `Chameli', was released recently, speaks about his career.



Rahul Bose... Carving out his own niche in parallel cinema.

SHORT, EVEN stocky and hardly boasting conventional movie-star looks, Rahul Bose is probably the last person on earth one would imagine being described as "The Amitabh Bachchan of Multiplexes"! But that is exactly what the actor's status is today. With films such as `English August', `Bombay Boys', `Split Wide Open', `Everybody Says I Am Fine', `Jhankar Beats', `Mumbai Matinee' and now `Chameli'... Bose appears to be to new cinema what Naseeruddin Shah was to parallel cinema and the Big B to the mega commercial stuff!

Bose started out with theatre and Dev Benegal's `English August' just happened. One thing lead to another. It was an exciting time with English films becoming the flavour of the season and Bose suddenly finding himself at the right place at the right time. Not all of it was great, but Bose managed to stand out in each one of these projects. Films such as `Split Wide Open', `Jhankar Beats' and `Mr and Mrs Iyer' deserve special mention.

When this serious, thinking actor was signed on to play Rishi, the happy-go-lucky guy in `Jhankar Beats', most people were convinced he was unfit for the role. However, his performance full of charm, energy and fun, completely bowled everyone over and attracted 28 film offers, of which he has vetoed 27!

"All the films wanted me to do variations of `Jhankar Beats'. For me, repetition is death! I get a kick out of exploring terrains I haven't been to and bring them to life, with the power and truth that comes from within. I must be either excited or curious."

He has done films, which are as diverse as `Mr and Mrs Iyer', `Jhankar Beats' and `Mumbai Matinee'! How did he manage to pull them off so convincingly?

"I guess it is a combination of the script, the director's vision and passion, and my own scope in the film's overall perspective. Aparna Sen is a gifted director who puts on the table a rare sensitivity, cinematic knowledge and social concern along with total integrity. It was wonderful playing Raja, who is perhaps a character quite close to me as a person. `Jhankar Beats' was a blast and the challenge was to do something so diametrically different from `Mr and Mrs Iyer'," says Bose.

"Yeah, it was tough because I had never done anything so frivolous and totally fun before. I am relieved it worked with the audience! `Mumbai Matinee' again was a great role, which offered me a trip to a place I had never been. Playing a slightly neurotic 32-year-old virgin, dying to get it over and done with, but failing miserably at every step, was going to be interesting. Besides, beneath the comedy and slapstick lay pathos and irony, along with a commentary of our hypocritical society, making it charged in an understated way, sensitive and complex. It was a very urban film, in a Woody Allenesque kind of way," he says.

Bose film, `Chameli', co-starring hot and happening Kareena Kapoor was released recently. What was the experience like?

"Great! I think Kareena realised that this film is not a Bollywood biggie and conformed to the needs of the script investing her role with energy and spontaneity, which I believe are her hallmarks. She was extremely attentive and professional right through, totally committed to the task in hand".

As of now, Bose, has written the screenplay of a "psychological thriller", titled `Whispers'. It is being directed by someone else. He is also all set to direct a film about two people from different worlds, who never meet, talk or touch, yet share a unique and inexplicable bond. It has attracted the attention of Hollywood honchos and could be a Indo-U.S. funded collaboration.

Keep grooving... the future has just walked in!

MONOJIT LAHIRI

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