In his long six decades in the film industry, under Soumitra Chattopadhyay’s shadow, there are many who found their true calling, excelled in their parts and showed what it takes to go from strength to strength. Veteran actress Lily Chakraborty is one of them.
“I still remember working in the play, Namjibon, with him; he was the hero and I, the heroine. First, we would sit and read out the lines and then, he would compose the scenes. All through the rehearsals, he was busy showing us how to go about our parts. Not for once did he rehearse his lines. But when he finally performed, no one could understand
that he had not rehearsed extensively for his part. There’s yet another anecdote that I will like to share. During Namjibon, he had given strict instructions that I should not wear any makeup. During interval, I received a handwritten letter from him. It read: ‘I had asked you not to wear makeup, but you didn’t follow it’. I rushed to his makeup room and said, ‘But, I have not’. He asked me how did I look so fair in that case? Actually, in the muted light on stage, I was looking very fair, but had done nothing for it,” the veteran actress shared during an exclusive chat with ETimes adding that she still can’t believe Soumitra Chattopadhyay has left us.
Lily Chakraborty and Soumitra Chattopadhyay last shared the screen in ‘Sanjhbati’ which also starred Dev and Paoli Dam.