The actor has been facing the camera for 31 years across films in Bengal, Bollywood as well as the Telugu and Kannada film industries
“Salt is a very sweet story about a couple where the woman is an artist and husband is an engineer. The story covers a time frame of a few years, on how they learn from the world and come back to each other. Their relationship is sweet but comes with a pinch of salt,” she said, explaining the mood of her latest film.
Rituparna, who made her big screen debut in Prabhat Roy’s 1992 hit Shwet Pathorer Thala, has also worked in Bollywood off and on, over the past two and a half decades. She was seen on the Hindi screen for the first time in the 1994 release Teesra Kaun, and has since then worked in over 30 Bollywood projects including Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh (2005), Gauri The Unborn (2007), Sirf (2008), Bumm Bumm Bole (2010) and Mittal v/s Mittal (2010).
“Initially, people used to eye Mumbai, and would want to plunge into a bigger pool. That ambitious attitude was there in me too. I, too, had the aspiration to have a national presence. However, I got a national presence very early on in my career and gradually fell in love with my regional film industry. It gave me work and importance. I got a National Award for my work in my regional industry,” said Rituparna, who a National Award for her performance in Rituparno Ghosh’s 1998 release, Dahan.
For Rituparna, recognition as an actor from Bengal was important. “It became important for me that my regional industry should flourish. I became very attached and committed. I felt I had some responsibility, and it was riding on my shoulders to represent my region. That gave me the right impetus and lot of zeal to give Bengali cinema maximum attention,” she said.
How would she sum up herself? “I am a very normal person who believes that hard work is needed to accomplish things. I keep recommending good girls and boys from my industry. I have always felt that I have worked with determination and grit, that I also don’t want to let it go. Work has to be harmonious and it has to be team work. Everyone has their own talent and expertise,” she summed up.