‘My passport is Bangladeshi, but as an artiste I should not have borders’
Equally popular in both Bengals, Jaya Ahsan, has been making a mark in the Tollywood industry for the past 10 years. Kolkata has become her second home as she garnered awards, respect, and the love of the Kolkata people through her artistic endeavors.
Yesterday, her latest film, "Ardhangini" directed by Kaushik Ganguly, released in Kolkata. She is currently there, promoting her film.
In a candid conversation with The Daily Star, Jaya Ahsan shared her thoughts on the film and her experiences in the Tollywood industry.
How did you feel watching the first show of "Ardhangini"?
It is always difficult to talk about one's own films. Nonetheless, I am very pleased with "Ardhangini". The feedback and appreciation from everyone have been overwhelming. Hearing such positive responses feels great as an artiste. That's what one strives for, and I'm grateful for it.
What has your time been like, in Kolkata?
I have been incredibly busy here. Yesterday was the premiere of "Ardhangini", and I have been involved in the promotion the movie for the past few days. Today, I plan to visit the theaters and observe the audience's reaction closely. Witnessing their lovely expressions for a new movie is something I always look forward to
Can you tell us more about "Ardhangini"?
It is a deeply sensitive and emotional movie. It features a strong storyline that I believe will resonate with audiences. Kaushik Ganguly, the director, has poured his heart into making this film. I am genuinely optimistic about its response.
You have previously worked with Kaushik Ganguly in two successful movies. Do you think "Ardhangini" will follow the same path?
I sincerely hope that "Ardhangini" will also achieve great success. My optimism stems from the faith that I have in Kaushik Da's immense talent. He is a brilliant director, and I aspire to collaborate with him more in the future.
In the past, I had the opportunity to work with him in "Bijaya" and "Bishorjan", and both movies were well-received by the audience. I had the privilege of portraying the character of Padma, which is undoubtedly one of the best roles of my career.
After a decade of acting in Tollywood movies and receiving numerous accolades, where are you at?
It feels wonderful, and undoubtedly brings happiness. Over the past ten years, I may not have appeared in numerous films, but I have had the privilege of working on a few exceptional movies that have earned the love and respect of the audience. I extend my gratitude and love to all the directors, producers, audience, and cinema halls that have contributed to my journey.
As a Bangladeshi artiste, you hold a unique position in the Tollywood film industry. Have you ever felt that artistes should be free from boundaries?
Artistes should never be confined by boundaries. Their art should transcend borders. Artistes can aspire to work anywhere, crossing geographical limits. While I hold a Bangladeshi passport and my heart belongs to Bangladesh, when I am performing as an artiste, I am simply an artiste. Of course, I love my country, and it holds a special place in my heart.
Could you share your experience of acting with Churni Ganguly?
She is a remarkable artiste, and I am grateful to be given the opportunity to collaborate with such talented individuals throughout my career.
Is there anything you regret or find challenging in your work?
The one regret that always lingers is the limited accessibility of my movies for the audience in Bangladesh. Especially during the release of new movies, this feeling intensifies. It is an ongoing challenge that I hope will be addressed soon.