With eight releases in four years, Soham has carved out a niche for himself in the Bengali film industry where Dev and Jeet have a towering presence. Soham is one of the few actors who have grown up to become an adult star, having started acting at the age of three. His latest, Bangali Babu English Mem (BBEM), hits the screens this week and Soham opens up to RBN about the journey so far.
RBN: You began as a child actor. How has the journey been so far?
Soham: Chhoto Bou was my first film, soon after my second birthday, followed by several films with leading directors. The best was of course Sakha Prosakha by Satyajit Ray. I took a long break soon after to concentrate on my studies and earned a graduate degree. The interim years strengthened by resolve to make a career in films. An an adult, my first film was a cameo in Tarun Majumdar’s Chander Pahar. I knew the risks but did not contemplate the results. I am happy for how things have turned out.
RBN: How would you rate your directors?
Soham: Each of them has a different style and approach. Rajeev Biswas’ treatment is different from that of Raj Chakraborty or Ravi Kinnagi. The same applies to Haranath Chakraborty, Tarun Majumdar and Birsa Dasgupta. They belong to different generations and different genres. I am lucky to have worked with all of them who belong to different schools of filmmaking.
RBN: Tell us something about Bangali Babu English Mem (BBEM).
Soham: BBEM is a romantic comedy scripted by NK Salil. It has the trademark Salil oneliners and is a laugh riot. The smile is not forced but spontaneous. I play Madhusudan, who hates working to earn a living. He is a school dropout and wants to migrate to Canada to marry a girl there and settle down. Arriving Canada, he meets Riya, a Bengali girl. What happens next is what the film is all about. The music is wonderful and we had real fun shooting at Canada, Italy and Singapore.
RBN: What about Birsa Dasgupta’s Galpo Holeo Sotti (GHS) where you are the male lead?
Soham: GHS is a horror-thriller where I play a pizza delivery boy. Mimi Chakraborty plays the female lead. The boy lands himself in a scary situation when he goes to deliver a pizza to a customer. The film is about to be released.
RBN: Which has been your favourite film this far?
Soham: Amanush and Prem Amar are my personal favourites. Each film has been challenging to me because I had to get a foothold in adult roles because I was the youngest of the male stars.