A minute into the conversation and you realise that Joy Sengupta isn’t any ordinary actor. His take on society and the way he perceives his roles will leave you in awe of him. The versatile actor is best known for his debut feature, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998) directed by Govind Nihalani. In a conversation with Hyderabad Today, the Bilu Rakkhosh’ actor talked about his role in the latest Zee Theatre teleplay Kanyadaan.
“Kanyadaan is a story of intercaste marriage and I play the role of a Dalit boy Arun who falls in love with a girl from upper caste. I could understand and reciprocate the anger within the character as I have been involved in many socio-cultural causes. The role was the embodiment of issues I identify with. So it was definitely a great experience,” he said.
The actor is also known for his performances in Bengali industry. He has also acted in productions directed by Lillette Dubey and has performed in New York, London, and at the reputed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Talking about his journey so far, Joy feels proud to be mentored by some of the well-established people of Indian theatre such as Habib Tanvir, Safdar Hashmi, Barry John, Ramu Ramanathan.
“I am blessed that I got a chance to learn from big talents. It helped me evolve not only as an artiste but as a political being. As the industry grew, I tried to adapt myself to new developments and roles. New opportunities opened up with the advent of OTT platforms. I have been flexible with the changes and have performed across industries and various platforms,” said the actor who has been keeping himself busy with online performances and classes on theatre. Joy also decided to contribute to relief work during the lockdown.
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