I can’t be choosy at this age: Soumitra Chatterjee
83 year old, Soumitra Chatterjee, who starred in the critical and commercial hit “Bela Seshe: In The Autumn Of My Life”, says he is no longer in a position to choose scripts and grab meaty roles since age has limited his repertoire.
Satyajit Ray’s most favourite actors,Chatterjee has worked under Ray’s direction in 15 feature films and one documentary – starting with his debut in “Apur Sansar” in 1959 – in lead and award-winning roles.
“I’m not choosy any more at this age. I can’t afford to be choosy now. When I was a full-fledged hero actor, I could choose my scripts, but when I had to switch over to character acting I can’t afford to choose,” Chatterjee said in an interview.
But as director duo Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee approached him with the script of “Bela Seshe”, he found it unusual and accepted it because it also provided a chance for him to showcase his acting skills.
“It was a rather unusual concept and interesting for me since I got ample opportunity to sort of exercise my abilities,” he added.
The film revolves around a married couple who decide to separate after 50 years of marriage and narrates a tale of how the decision will change their children’s life.
“It was a good thing on the part of the directors to pair the two of us since there are not many elderly actresses left who are frequently seen and often opposite me,” Chatterjee observed.