National Award-winning actress Geetanjali Thapa, who hails from Sikkim, says she was once approached with an “interesting script” by a director from northeast India. However, it didn’t work out. Still, she hopes to work with filmmakers from the region in the near future.
The “Liar’s Dice” actress has starred in Hindi and English films. “If I get a script from the northeast, I would love to be a part of it. There was an interesting script for which I was approached once by a director from the northeast. However, we couldn’t take it forward due to date issues. I hope to work with filmmakers from the northeast in the near future,” Geetanjali told IANS in an email interview.
She has some kind words to say about critically acclaimed Assamese actor Adil Hussain with whom she had worked in ‘Bioscopewala’ and ‘Tigers’. “Adil is a brilliant actor as we all know and it’s an honour to work with him. He is so calm, composed and helpful. One can learn so much just by watching him perform. There aren’t any projects right now (with him), but I would love to work with him again,” she said. The movie tells the story of Ayan, a salesman. He works for an international company that manufactures baby formula products. When he discovers that the products have killed hundreds of children, he decides to expose the company. Geetanjali said she “came out of it with more knowledge about filmmaking, acting and global awareness”.
‘Tigers’ has got mixed reviews, but many on social media praised her work. In terms of connecting with fans on social media, she said “I am happy to know that our film has been getting such positive response and praises. But social media is not my cup of tea”.
Apart from “Tigers”, her films “Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz” and “Bioscopewala” released this year. Her “Sacred Games” series premiered this year too. “All these released or premiered this year, but I had worked on them at different times in the past few years. And I am happy they are out,” she said. 2019 is going to be an equally busy year for her “I have a few interesting things lined up. Let’s see how those work out,” she said.
Most of her films have been to various film festivals. Talking about her most memorable one, she shared: “I attended Torino Film festival with our film ‘I.D.’ in’2012. It’s a well-respected film festival that’s been around for a while. That was one of my first international film festival experiences and very special indeed.”
Born and raised in Sikkim, She did her schooling in Sikkim thereafter moved to Kolkata to pursue her graduation. She was a professional model, and won the Mega Miss North East 2007 beauty pageant held at Guwahati before joining the film industry. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress (2013) for her performance in the movie Liar’s Dice. (IANS)