Eminent Bengali Debaparna Chakraborty's first serial was in Akash Bangla. And there has been no turning back since. The queen has over 16 years of acting experience and has delivered several career-best performances. Debaparna Chakraborty's career took a turn in 2013, when she landed a significant role in Star Jalsha's drama Bojhena Se Bojhena. Debaparna Chakraborty's first serial was in Akash Bangla. And there has been no turning back since. The queen has over 16 years of acting experience and has delivered several career-best performances. Debaparna Chakraborty's career took a turn in 2013, when she landed a significant role in Star Jalsha's drama Bojhena Se Bojhena. Debaparna Chakraborty's next appearance was on Zee Bangla's Bhanumotir Khel. Maya received a lot of praise for her performance as the main antagonist. Trinayini and Netaji are among her 2019 projects. In Trinayini, she played Sudha, a deceased character who can only be seen by the female lead. Netaji is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's autobiography, which was broadcast on Zee Bangla. In the drama, she played the character Anupama Dutta. Debaparna Chakraborty has also appeared in Bengali films. Jigyasha Chinnha in 2013 and Total Dadagiri in 2018 are two examples. Paanch Phoron will premiere in 2019, Lalbazaar in 2020, Cartoon in 2017, and The Adventures of Gogol in 2018. In 2020, Debaparna Chakraborty married Subhrajyoti Paul Chowdhury. She aspired to be an entrepreneur in addition to acting and dancing, so she owns the Fried Factory restaurant.
I am a director's actor! When I'm asked to play a character, I create the character in my head based on the script, which means I visualize the way the character moves, talks, feels, smiles, and interacts with other characters. When preparing to play a character, I sometimes draw similarities from personal life experiences if the character allows it, if the character demands a more contrasting output, which is far from my real personality, I either find inspiration from the work of other actors with similar roles or from a real-world person who I can fit into the character I am playing.
Retro Kolkata : First of all, thanks a lot for accepting our invitation for an interview. It's a great pleasure to have you as our Guest. Let’s start from the first question… Let's jump into the past. What has been your dream since you were a kid? …what would you like to do?
Debaparna: I was an introvert kid who found expression through dance & always dreamed that someday I could make a career out of it & thankfully I did.
Retro Kolkata : Tell us about your journey. When do you decide to become an actor?
Debaparna:When I first started dancing, it liberated me, I found the confidence to express what I was feeling at the time, and with training, I got pretty good. As and when that happened, I wanted to explore different forms of art, and fortunately, I started taking acting lessons and fell in love with it; that's when I decided to pursue a career in acting, and I've never looked back.
Retro Kolkata : You have started your career in television and after that in big screen movies like ‘Jigyasha Chinha’, ‘Total Dadagiri’ and many more. You’re amongst the commercially viable actresses today. What are the sacrifices that go behind the glamour? What kind of roles excite you as an actor?
Debaparna: I came from a middle-class family and began acting professionally when I was 13 years old. As a result, I never got to enjoy my teen age as a normal teen would, and when I look back now, I think I sacrificed my carefree teen years being swamped with work, which I now very much miss. In terms of roles, I've never cared if I got to play the lead, for me, it's always been about the story and creating a character from the ground up, where I can freely shape and spark life into the character I play.
Retro Kolkata : You have earned a lot of critical acclaim for your performances. Which are the roles you look back at with pride and satisfaction?
Debaparna: Few memorable roles I look back with a smile are 'Bina' from 'Egaro', 'Bokul' from 'Subarnalata' & 'Anu' from 'Bojhe na Shey Bojhe na'.
Retro Kolkata : Generally you do challenging roles. How do you prepare for these roles that pose such a contrast to your personal character?
Debaparna: I am a director's actor! When I'm asked to play a character, I create the character in my head based on the script, which means I visualize the way the character moves, talks, feels, smiles, and interacts with other characters. When preparing to play a character, I sometimes draw similarities from personal life experiences if the character allows it, if the character demands a more contrasting output, which is far from my real personality, I either find inspiration from the work of other actors with similar roles or from a real-world person who I can fit into the character I am playing.
Retro Kolkata : Apart from movies, you have acted in many popular Web Series like ‘Lalbazaar’, ‘Cartoon’. Do you think Web Series have changed the scenario of the Film Industry? Is Big Screen now facing major competition from OTT platforms?
Debaparna:To be honest, I believe so! However, this does not have to be a bad thing. People will choose convenience over anything else in the twenty-first century. It's true that OTT platforms have flooded us with high-quality content that can be accessed at any time, but that doesn't mean that big screens are failing. Look at 'KGF 2' and 'Top Gun Maverick', these films were like festivals, I personally went to see these movies more than 3 times. I believe the problem with our industry is the overall quality of the content, we don't have enough going on right now to compel audiences to go to the movies, and with OTT services like Netflix and Prime Video releasing fantastic content almost every week, the competition is getting steep. In my opinion, just another 'movie' will not be enough to entice audiences back to the screens right now, we need a festival.
Retro Kolkata : What’s the real Debaparna Paul Chowdhury like?
Debaparna:In one phrase 'filled with gratitude', I've been an actor for over 17 years, and the love and support I've received has been nothing short of extraordinary. I have a truly wonderful life with a loving husband and supportive family, I'm healthy, financially independent, and truly happy.
Retro Kolkata : What is your mantra to not give up in life and not to give in to any peer/external pressure?
Debaparna:I am not too much concerned with the results, I find contentment through work & staying true to the identity that have created over the years & to be honest I believe 'giving up' is for lazy people, which I am not, so that's it, that's my mantra, I just work & never get lazy.
Retro Kolkata : Which of your forthcoming projects are you eagerly looking forward to?
Debaparna:Right now I’m getting ready to setup my own business & currently this is what I am looking forward to.
Retro Kolkata : Give us 5 fun facts people might not know about you yet.
Debaparna:1. I am really short, I mean really!
2. When I eat fish, you will never see any remains of the bones.
3. I can do a full split.
4. I am a terrible driver.
5. I can swim, but not in life threatening situations. (LOL)
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Debaparna: Thank you Retro Kolkata for this fun interview, your initiative to provide a single platform for all the fans to interact with their favourite artist is truly one of a kind. To my followers, I would like to once again thank you for your timeless love & support. Much love.
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