"Never imagined Bob would be so popular"
By Bohni Bandyopadhyay
His portrayal of a poker-faced contract killer in "Kahaani" has been loved by all and the internet is abuzz with tid-bits related to his character Bob Biswas, but Bengali actor Saswata Chatterjee says he had no idea his role would become so popular.
Besides being compared to cult villains like Gabbar Singh and Mogambo, Saswata's role of a harmless-looking, pot-bellied insurance agent who kills for money, has prompted various jokes and one-liners on the internet. Facebook and Twitter pages dedicated to Bob Biswas have thousands of followers.
"We had never expected that the character would become so popular. I do not use computer much, but I am slowly becoming aware of the popularity of Bob Biswas and the jokes on the internet. I feel like Alice in Wonderland, it's a dream which might end someday," Saswata told PTI over the telephone from Kolkata.
In the film, the cellphone proves to be a tool for Bob Biswas as his prospective victim's photo is sent to him via MMS, but in real life Saswata doesn't even use a mobile and has only a landline number as a point of contact.
"Bob's use of the cellphone to identify his target shows how the gadget can be misused. I am better off without one." Son of veteran Bengali actor Shubhendu Chatterjee, Saswata, who has a sizeable body of work in the Bengali film industry, says he was surprised when this role was offered to him.
"When I came to know that director Sujoy Ghosh wanted mefor a role in a Hindi film, I was very surprised. I had never met him before. When he described the role to me I asked why me? There are so many good actors in Bollywood! It was all very sudden," says Saswata. PTI