Handicapped Development Welfare Association observed the day of Rabindranath Tagore's 157 birth anniversary at Ahindra Mancha Kolkata recently, where noted actress Rituparna Sengupta graced the occasion along with some other renowned artists. Students performed dance and mime. Many of them were deaf and dumb.
Rituparna said, ‘’I always love to be with such good causes. I have come not only to celebrate poet's birthday besides it's my duty to support such initiatives. It is good to know that participants from various states from India even Bangladesh have joined this grand celebration.’’
She is working for Thalassemia patients, orphanages, street children, old age homes, blind and deaf persons and spastics. She has been the life line angel of many organizations for noble causes. She has been selected as the Brand Ambassador of World Wildlife Fund for Environmental development. She has been the social ambassador of many NGO’s and Woman’s organizations.
Tarique Choyon, a Dhaka based journalist, chatted with the Indian actress on September 19. The interview was taken during a meeting with her at The Westin Hotel in Dhaka. Kalerkantho English published their chats unchanged for the readers…
Tarique Choyon: Hello Rituparna. How are you? I came to know that you had just arrived here from Switzerland. How did you enjoy there?
Rituparna Sengupta: I am fine. Thank you. Switzerland is a beautiful place like a picture post card! God has made with utmost care. I participated in a program there and also enjoyed my vacation.
Tarique Choyon: You are famous as an actress. Beside this, you have a huge involvement in social activities. Many people don’t know much about it. That’s why today I want to introduce another Rituparna. So, how do you describe yourself as a social worker?
Rituparna Sengupta: Social work is something which I feel very obligated about. I think it’s our moral obligation to be little aware of the people around us. As a responsible citizen, I think I should be the first one to step up to the cause. Currently, I’m attached to many organizations. Despite organizations, I feel strongly about anyone who is in distress. I feel this is like a commitment.
Tarique Choyon: In 2014, you have announced to donate your body after death. Which things motivated you to do so?
Rituparna Sengupta: Thanks. The inspiration came from some of my friends who already donated their bodies. But the motivation came a long ago from my uncles who donated their body. So you can say that the motivation came from my family. I think it’s a great virtue. When I die, my ashes won’t be of use to anybody. Instead, my body can be useful to inject life into others, to give eyes to the blind. This would enhance my purpose of living even after death. Because after our deaths, the bodies mean nothing. They burn it and get only the ashes. They flow the ashes in Ganga. So nothing is left. Any of my organs can be used for medical research too.
Tarique Choyon: In 2015, you walked the ramp with the street children of Hope Kolkata Foundation. In 2016, along with actor Prosenjit you were present at the charity show of the Welfare Society for the blind people. Both programs were for supporting underprivileged people of our society. How much did you enjoy these works? Do you have any plan like these in near future?
Rituparna Sengupta: Yes. Now I am going to create an event with my own efforts on October 10 this year. There I am going to provide supports to 100 children and ladies in West Bengal through an NGO. Beside I frequently donate clothes to 100 poor people during the Puja in our area. In my own small capacity, I try to do as much as I can to help others.
Tarique Choyon: You have done lots of content based movies! Amongst all “Dahan” is my personal favourite. Through its nice plot along with your outstanding performance, we got a very strong message of our society. As a fan, I am very much interested to know your feelings after being a part of this masterpiece.
Rituparna Sengupta: Dahan is one of my most special movies which is very close to my heart. Dahan’s story is relevant to today’s social events too! Each and every day that is happening in the society. I mean in Dahan the girl tortured by the criminals. It’s like a couple of years ago, Delhi’s Nirbhaya Rape Case. In newspapers, we can find Dahan type of news every day. I think Dahan’s relevancy will remain till the torture and rape stop completely. I think we can stop it totally when everyone becomes aware of it.
Tarique Choyon: You became victimized in Dahan by stalkers. Did you face anything like that in real life too?
Rituparna Sengupta: Oh! Yes. Eve teasing is happening always. I faced it too.
Tarique Choyon: Before you become a star or after?
Rituparna Sengupta: Both! I think it doesn’t matter whether you are a star or not. You are facing it every time as a woman!
Tarique Choyon: You acted in so many Bangladeshi movies. Nowadays Bangladesh Film Industry is going through a very tough time in making films with showing creativities. What’s your observation regarding this?
Rituparna Sengupta: Well, there are ups and downs in every sphere of our lives. But I am quite optimistic that the Bangladesh Film Industry will overcome this crisis in the near future.
Tarique Choyon: Thank you Rituparna and best wishes for your upcoming projects.
Rituparna Sengupta: Thank you very much Choyon.