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Model Sheena Chohan in Buddhadeb Dasgupta's next

Model Sheena Chohan in Buddhadeb Dasgupta's next

Sheena Chohan is all set to act in filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta's next project based on Tagore's works.

Kolkata: After starring in Malyalam blockbuster 'The Train' opposite superstar Mammootty, model-turned-actress Sheena Chohan is all set to act in filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta's next project based on Rabindranath Tagore's works.

"I feel so humbled by the offer because of the combination of two factors its a work of Tagore and is being directed by no less a director than Buddhadeb Dasgupta, who is respected internationally for his works. Nothing could have been better than this," Sheena told PTI in an interview here.

The Kolkata-based beauty, who participated in the 'Miss India Universe I am she' contest, also terms herself doubly lucky for first starring alongside a legend down South and then working with Dasgupta.

"I am the director's actor, but it's important for any actor to communicate with the role and to convey the feeling to the audience. And I want to work with best directors across all genres," she said. As of now her priority remains to put her best foot forward for the lead role in the poet-filmmaker's new project, a characterisation of Tagore's perception of woman as the embodiment of power, manifested in nature, Chohan said.

Dasgupta had earlier said he will direct in Hindi a series of short films, a transliteration of the 13 well-known poems of the bard of Bengal on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary.

Sheena, who will feature as the lead actor in one of the films, said, "From my previous sessions with Buddhadeb sir he came across as an extremely motivated, inspirational and very sensitive director. I had seen one of his films and felt he brings out the best from the cast."

"It is no less a privilege to be chosen by such a veteran, multiple National award winner director at this phase of my career." "I have grown up reading Tagore's poems, like any household in Bengal, but now I am again going through his works, the Hindi-English transliterations, the script and reliving those childhood reading experiences yet again," she said.

The Kolkata girl, who had previously worked with theatre luminaries in the city like late Shyamanand Jalan, Chetana Jalan and Kamal Parekh, said the rich theatre tradition of the city helped her in picking up the nuances of Bengal's literary traditions.

"Though stage and camera are two different mediums, my experience on stage helped me evolve as an actor, which I could finetune at the Anupam Kher acting school. My stint in different ad films too helped me grow confidence and know the shots," she said.

Sheena, who now shuttles between her home city and Mumbai, counts Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rajkumar Santoshi, Imtiaz Ali among her favourite directors in Bollywood. "I am a very romantic kind of person and I simply adore their films. It would be a privilege if I am noticed by them through my work," she said.

"I will also like to be considered by Bengali film makers like Aparna Sen, Rituparno Ghosh and Goutam Ghosh among others," she said.

first published:October 13, 2011, 19:28 IST