Mumbai: Rituparna Sengupta has opened up on how the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has helped her rediscover herself. Talking about it, Rituparna said: “It has been a mixed experience for me. There are a few good things such as I could spend a lot more time with my family, especially children, and dedicate more time to my writing.”
“The pandemic gave me a chance to rediscover myself. It has made us invest a lot more into our relationships, parents, children and emotions. We were moving a bit too fast before this, almost like a cyclone. Life had become too mechanical,” the actor explained.
“The best part for me was helping my daughter with studies for her exams, shooting dance videos together and teaching her painting. I also did stuff like cycling and driving and contributed to a Covid kitchen for people and vaccination for special children,” she informed.
Quizzed what is the life lesson she has learnt from the pandemic, the well-known Bengali actor said: “That we can be satisfied with very small things in life, something which we probably had forgotten. Our needs are very basic but we were forgetting that. Also, we have destroyed nature a lot, which has provided us with a home. It is our responsibility to preserve it. I hope we remember these lessons even after this pandemic is over.”
The National Award-winning actor is mostly known for her contribution to Bangla cinema. Rituparna recently shot in Mumbai for Veena Bakshi’s directorial film Ittar alongside Deepak Tijori and Kabir Lal’s Antardrishti, which is a remake of the Spanish thriller Julia’s Eyes.
How different is the experience of shooting in Mumbai from Kolkata? “The atmosphere is different. I feel a little more at home in Kolkata. Mumbai is very good production-wise. Also, the work is done on a bigger scale due to a higher budget. Work ethic and style vary with different producers and directors,” said Rituparna.
On the work front, Rituparna currently features as the host of the television show Rishta on Colors TV Asia Pacific.