Subrat Dutta: The Actor Omnipresent

BY AAKASH WADHWA

SUBRAT DUTTA

From Silver screen to Plays, TV series to Movies, Web series to Commercials, Small budgets to Big ones, Bengali to Marathi, Berhampore to Delhi, then London and Mumbai at present, ACTOR OMNIPRESENT.

Life was going at its own pace and he was going to pursue his MBA but then the most beautiful accident happened in the life of the actor Subrat Dutta, the 40 days NSD(National School of Drama) Berhampore Workshop which turned the tracks of his life train and he started his journey as an actor and never looked back.

Born and brought up in Bengal, his passions and pastimes depict the richness of Bengali culture. In his teens and early youth, the actor was not so apt about his future and learnt various art forms including indigenous dances like Kathak etc. He holds his Bachelor’s degree from Bankura Sammilani College with majors in Zoology and has prepared for MBA which testifies how versatile he is. Mr. Dutta was born on 16 November, 1975 in a small town of Bankura in West Bengal from where he did his schooling and graduation. After that, as mentioned earlier and as mentioned everywhere, the life-changing workshop at NSD happened which helped him find his soul-work and soul-mate both. NSD, the IIT or AIIMS of aspiring theatre artists and as an axiom proven by competition, it is very difficult to crack selection exams of such ace institutes, but the actor in his first attempt, made it to top-20 who were going to pursue the course.

In an interview with the team Creative Adda, he regards his honesty, not the skill, that made him stand apart among others in the exam and he advises the same to the newcomers, also he told about the cultural shock he had to face while being in Delhi in his early days, due to his weak command in Hindi. However, it has always remained in his spirits to overcome challenges.

By overcoming such challenges, he won the Charles Wallace Trust Scholarship while being in Delhi and he joined Central school of Speech and Drama in London. He also beautifully explains the art’s parities and disparities in both the cultures. “A lesser use of hands and more of eyes is their preference, moreover their director-trainee hierarchy is much artist friendly”, he exclaimed describing his London-days. After that, he started his career as a theatre artist in NSD repertory company, playing lead in more than 35 plays before joining films.

His first break in cinema was in a Hindi film ‘Karvaan’ by Pankaj Butalia and has been unstoppable by then. Actor Subrat Dutta has over 63 films listed with imdb on their site www.imdb.com with a special mention to his role in ‘Josef: Born in Grace'(2019). He has made innumerable films and is the most successful Multi-lingual artist with films in Marathi (Lalbaugchi Rani (2016)), Bhojpuri (Tujhse Laagi Lagan, Pistol Ego Prem Kahani), English (Behind the Tree) but Bengali and Hindi remain his favourite. He rose to limelight with his uncommon acting as a common man in Bengali film ‘Bibar’ in 2006 and won his first Best actor award at Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema in the same year.

Dutta’s biggest achievement as an actor is the honor of Best Actor at Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt(2009) for his protagonist character ‘Madholal’ in the film ‘Madholal Keep Walking’ by Jai Tank, also he is the only actor of the region to be accorded with such honor. He won many hearts with his Bengali series ‘Byomkesh’. 

He also acted with the mahanayak Amitabh Bachchan in the blockbuster movie ‘Bhoothnath Returns’ as an Engineer ghost. Apart from these, he has done uncountable small and big roles on the silver screen and has appeared in many Web and TV series as well as in short films. He is often nicknamed as ‘Chameleon’ as he, time and again, experiments his look and alters it according to the role.

In the interview with the team of Creative Adda, Subrat Dutta reveals his ambitions and aspirations of living beyond death and that’s why he is focusing on good cinema and well-written roles instead of short appearances in big budgets, which he believes would surely be appreciated and recalled by the art lovers and true artists even after his death. His upcoming works include a Tollywood film which will feature him as a Kathak dancer, also he is directing a play in Mumbai ‘Husband-in-law’ which, as the name suggests is a comedy play and his colleagues are his NSD mates, with whom he enjoys working the most and exclaims that it’s always learning and adapting new things with them.

His personal life is quite Private and he married the love of his life, Rabijita Gogoi, after 6 years of courtship on 29 August, 2006 and is blessed with a daughter, Aatreyi, born on 8 June, 2008. His better-half shares the same professional interests as his, mainly directing plays. NSD has gifted him both the loves of his life, acting and his wife. As of his social life or social media life more precisely he is well active on Twitter and is a Yoga-expert imparting free yoga sessions on his Facebook page during this Corona time. In the interview with our team he revealed how productively his present time is being used and how he is self-evolving and self-focusing in this period. He is also crafting his art and he talked about the obstacles and opportunities of being an actor.

A Brahmin by birth, studying in a Christian school and college, learning various dance forms, admiring books and singing, mastering the art of acting, breaking barriers of language and culture, migrating across the countries, states, cities worshipping the art, and aspiring for the bright future of the art; SUBRAT DUTTA is a True Artist.

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