She is a powerhouse of talent but her goal was not to come into the limelight. Her goal was to shine through her acting. CHITRALEKHA GUHA has been inspiring and captivating us with her acting since 1986 when she acted in her first play Abbhontorin Kheladhula. She sings, designs costumes, acts, and is a great cook – in short, she is a master of all trades! This week we bring you the gracious actress who talks about her childhood dream, what she thinks is the problem with theatre today and much more.
I never thought that I would become an actress in my life. I always wanted to become a singer. I learnt the basics of music from my grandmother even before I could talk properly.
I first acted in a play called Abhbhontorin Kheladhula in 1986
I have played some very popular characters and people often remember me by my characters' names. Momota Chowdhury in Sharabela (1995), Shirin in Bandhan or Julekha in Gohine are some of my favourites.
Biggest Achievement of Acting Career
The love of people. There was this one incident that I'll never forget. A mugger was just about to snatch my bag but when he took a good look at me and realised who I was, he didn't take anything. I was amazed by his reaction!
The Media You Feel Most Comfortable Working In
I love acting. I don't really care about the media. Be it theatre, radio, television or cinema, I always try to give my best shot everywhere.
Apart from Acting
I love costume designing, cooking and spending time with my family.
Something You Don't Like About Today's Theatre
I loathe the fact that some people these days always look for shortcuts. Also in many cases they act very carelessly and unprofessionally - forgetting their continuity costumes or not memorising their scripts are few examples of that. However, most of us see acting as an act of devotion and sincerity.
— Fayeka Zabeen Siddiqua