Revealed! This is how Bengali star Ritabhari Chakraborty works to improve the lives of underprivileged children

Ritabhari Chakraborty, who is best known in the Hindi film industry for her role in Bet, is a huge Bengali film star. In an exclusive conversation with the Free press journal, she talks about her passion for working with disadvantaged children, her career and more. Excerpts:

How did you come up with the idea of ​​opening a school for deaf children?

I have been running this school for deaf children for about 12 years now. However, the school is about 50 years old, but when I was introduced I was 17 and lived in the neighborhood. They approached me as it was about to close due to lack of funds. It was then that I met the children and felt that they were my responsibility. Back then I had 32 children and now I have 76. It has been quite a journey for me. I became the patron and provided all kinds of funds. I organized my NGO and got it certified by the government so that I could get funds to run the school. My children are disadvantaged. I celebrate every festival, be it Christmas, Durga Puja or Valentine’s Day with them. I can also fall back into childhood by holding their hand.

You are called a Bengali actress. Are you okay with that?

It goes both ways, good and bad. It is a regional industry, and the national industry is the Hindi film industry. Bollywood is much bigger than other regionals. The South is always getting closer, but they have four different languages ​​together to do it. The Hindi industry has a certain place which ensures greater competition, and the number of people working in it is also greater. Over the past few years, I’ve achieved a top three actress position, but I don’t take that for granted. I represented Bengal at the inauguration of the Indian Panorama. Salman Khan, Ranveer Singh and many others were there. Bengal gave me this place to be with such stars who have a body of work. The regional industry is diluted since the national industry has more money.

You did Anushka Sharma’s Pari production in Hindi. How do you experience the failure of the film?

I am extremely grateful for the fact that Pari happened to me. I wanted to be a part of Hindi cinema to understand how far we’ve come. I remember, just before that, I shot Naked with Kalki which I also wrote and produced. That’s how Clean Slate Filmz noticed me and took me for Pari. Anushka is a big name, and her studio tried to tell an amazing story that got me excited. As a movie, I rated it pretty high, regardless of box office receipts. There are a lot of horror films shot in India, but I’m proud to be part of a very different film like Pari. I will not make any Hindi movies just for fun. The producers aren’t even afraid to put money into my solo films, and that’s something to strive for.

What are you looking for in Bollywood now?

I co-wrote a movie with a friend of mine that I’m really excited for. I get many offers in Hindi but I said no. Now, I’ve been itching to enter the digital space, but I have some reservations with nudity. It’s like selling porn, but if it’s part of the plot, I would never say no. Since there is no censorship on OTT, people try to sell obscenity which I am not in favor of.

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Posted: Sunday February 27th 2022, 06:17 IST