This is a film actress who has been acting for just 6 years. She has already bagged 2 National Awards and acted opposite her dream on-screen partner, Tollywood heartthrob- Prosenjit. How did it all work out so well for her? Nipun shares her story with Sadia Khalid.
'Porichoy' was a hit in Kolkata.
'Porichoy' was released in June, 2013 in Kolkata. It has received excellent reviews from the critics. The audience also loved it for the ensemble cast and storyline. I feel very lucky to have been a part of it. Especially working with Prosenjit was surreal.
Prosenjit was a sweetheart!
I was nervous at first. The first time I saw him on set was during the shooting of a song of 'Porichoy'. He could sense my nervousness. He came up to me and said “Hi. I'm Prosenjit Chatterjee. I'll be working with you.” I was constantly amazed by his cordiality. I rehearsed all day, but he seemed to need no rehearsal at all. He would finish difficult scenes in just one take. It was fascinating to see how at ease he was during filming.
Bed scene with PC!
There was a bed scene with Prosenjit. I was a bit jumpy. He told me, “I'll lie down whichever way you are comfortable.” Ultimately, we were able to film that shot quite fast. Acting is a piece of cake to him. He always put his co-artists' comfort before his. That was such an admirable quality.
Tollywood vs. Dhallywood
In Kolkata, the cast and crew are very professional and very well-trained. They are very punctual. There's a lot of pre-planning. Everything is chalked out. Everyone's job is well specified. There was no extra pressure on the artists. We didn't have to worry about our costume, make-up or hair. We just focused on our acting.
A lot of girls work there behind the camera as co-producer, assistant director and what not. The work environment is friendlier towards female professionals there. You work from 8am to 8pm. The hours were reasonable as well.
I'm working on three films now. I'm playing Maya in Mayanogor. I am also in the film, Mayer Momota, opposite Imon. There I play Momota, which is my favourite character. Another film of mine was released recently, in May, 2013- Eito Bhalobasha with Imon and Nirob. It was a full-fledged comedy. The songs were very popular even before the release of the film. I'm also acting in Padma Parar Parboti by Rafiq Shikdar.
Dancing with the stars
I learned 'Kathak' dance when I was in Russia, doing my Bachelors in Computer Science. So, it was easier for me to pick up the routines of our Indian choreographer in 'Star Dance'. But the hours were exhausting. We rehearsed from 12am to 4am and came back at 12 in the afternoon again for shooting. Still it was a lot of fun because I love to dance.
From Russia to LA to FDC
I used to live in LA with my husband and my daughter. I came to Dhaka in a vacation in 2006. Dipjol asked me to do a film with him. I told him that I'm leaving in 20 days; if you can pack up shooting within this little time, then I'll do it. He agreed and surprisingly, the film was a big hit. I went back to LA and came to Bangladesh later for the film premier. Then I was offered the role of 'Kushum' in 'Shajghor'(based on a Humayun Ahmed novel), won the National Award and realized that acting is my true calling.
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Here's what Nipun went through to lose 12 kilos last year. She was under a strict prescribed diet. She only ate cereals, egg white, fruits, nuts, roti, vegetables, chicken, fish and tea without milk or sugar; those too in skimpy portions. These are the 5 simple rules that Nipun applied for losing weight.
* Keep 1/3 of your stomach empty
* Join a gym
* Do meditation/yoga
* No sugar
* Steer clear of rich food
Birthday: 9th June
Best feature: Nose
Acting: 2006- present
National Awards: Shajghor (Best Supporting Actress)
Chander Moto Bou (Best Supporting Actress)
Movie: All animated movies
Actor: Salman Shah, Anil Kapoor
Actress: Sri Devi
Music: All kinds of Bengali music
Writer: Humayun Ahmed, Sydney Sheldon
Director: Razzak, F I Manik