What is common among Heath Ledger’s Joker, Sir Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter and Saswata Chatterjee’s Bob Biswas? They are all villains who totally stole the show and overshadowed all other characters in the movies they starred in. No sooner did the 2012 blockbuster ‘Kahaani’ hit the screens, the harmless looking but dangerous character of Bob Biswas took the social media by storm. He had no psychopathic laughter, a lengthy role, any unearthly excitement to kill, or even many dialogues, yet his short but powerful role terrified victims as well as the audience and left a lasting impact on all.
Saswata Chatterjee is a big star in Bengali movies and can be safely called a chameleon who can do just any kind of role and do absolute justice with it. He was last seen in Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif starrer movie ‘Jagga Jasoos’.
Here are 20 facts about Saswata Chatterjee that might interest you.
1. He doesn’t use a cell phone or is active on social media and lets his wife take care of his appointments.
He thinks mobiles are too distracting and if he gets one, he would be troubled with too many calls constantly.
2. Though he has been giving powerhouse performances all the time, it was his 9-minute role in 2012 movie ‘Kahaani’ that earned him a widespread recognition.
His character Bob Biswas, a coldblooded assassin and LIC agent and his monologue ‘Nomoskar…ek minute’ triggered waves of memes on the social networking sites. He calls it the second phase of his career.
3. In the movie ‘Kahaani’, it was his idea to depict Bob Biswas as a man too much concerned about hair loss and thus rubbing his nails always.
Even after the shooting was over, he kept rubbing his nails because apparently he was told this would reduce hair fall.
4. As a child, he was afraid of watching movies in darkness in theatres.
Once while watching the movie ‘Hatari’, he was so scared during a particular scene that he broke into a wall and had to be carried away home.
5. He loves travelling and it was his zest for travelling that brought him into acting.
According to Saswata Chatterjee, when his father asked him what he wanted to be, he answered he wanted to be an actor because it is the only profession where one can travel the world at the expanse of the producer, eat food for free and get paid at the end of the day. He sees it as a ‘paid holiday’.
6. He doesn’t like to play roles where he needs to dance and romance girls.
Saswata thinks he doesn’t have the looks that one needs to be a star hero, and knowing his limitation, he concentrate more on his acting and what he has to achieve. He also believes that movies based on literature rather than commercial flicks make better movies.
7. Originally, Saswata was to play the role of Byomkesh Bakshi in the Bengali movie trilogy instead of Abir Chatterjee.
When the role was forwarded to Abir Chatterjee, he was saddened. But he acknowledged that Abir suited the role better than him.
8. He first gained popularity by playing the character of Topshe in a Feluda-based television series.
9. His dream role is playing iconic detective Feluda.
He though believes his personality is not at par with the personality that he should have to play Feluda. According to him, no one but Satyajit Ray is the truest Feluda.
10. Besides being a terrific actor, Saswata is also a director, a poet and a painter.
11. Saswata had a crush on Rekha.
He says everyone falls in love even after marriage and denying it would be a lie. He is married to Mohua Chatterjee, who is a teacher, and has a daughter named Hiya.
12. He is not at all romantic.
According to his wife Mohua, he never praises her and instead annoys her all the time. But he remembers birthdays and anniversaries and showers her with gifts.
13. Saswata’s father Subhendu Chatterjee is a household name among Bengalis.
Subhendu Chatterjee was a famous Bengali actor himself. It can be said that acting runs in the blood of the family.
14. Though he was born in a rather renowned family and his father was a famous actor, he had to struggle his way up.
He was a part of his father’s theatre group Biswarupa and often stood in for women.
15. Before becoming an actor, for a year and a half he swept and cleaned the floor of the theater.
His father had sent him to Jochchan Dastidar to learn acting from his group. He did many other odd jobs during this period as his understudy before he was taken as an actor.
16. Under the influence of his father, he grew up watching classic Hollywood, Bollywood and Tollywood movies.
Once his father proposed to take him to watch ‘Kramer Vs Kramer’ while he was in school. His mother objected because of nudity. His father took him anyway.
17. Saswata is not very eager to work outside Bengali movies.
But believes that if one is a good actor, offers keep coming.
18. Though his most works are in Bengali, he started his career with a Hindi serial directed by Saibal Mitra based on Samaresh Majumdar’s ‘Kaalpurush’.
19. Saswata calls his wife the biggest critic of all his films and credits her for the improvements he makes.
20. His acting idol is Bengali megastar Uttam Kumar.