Kolkata, Mar 8 (PTI) Leading producer, director and serial director Leena Gangopadhyay is against being labeled as a director and prefers to leave it to the public to judge whether being one helps to make her more sensitive in his creations.
The 52-year-old, who wrote the screenplay for Bhalo Theko’ (Take care of yourself), a film directed by Goutam Halder starring Vidya Balan, has hugely popular Bengali soap operas under her belt.
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Gangopadhyay is also the chairperson of the State Women’s Commission.
“If you ask me, yes, being a woman, I had to balance work and duty at home and outside, which I think men generally don’t have to do. There’s no two ways . That’s about it,” Gangopadhyay told PTI.
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Emphasizing that she hasn’t encountered any opposition due to her gender, Gangopadhyay said all the audience wants is a good, relatable, likeable story that can be written by either a man or a woman.
“I didn’t want any preference for being a woman either. In my 19 years of turbulent journey in the Bengali entertainment industry, I went from one point to another as I wanted to execute my ideas, transform my dreams and my creative passion in my works,” she said while walking to a film set.
When asked if the idea of female directors giving a touch of sensitivity to their works is then a misnomer, Gangopadhyay added, “I said that we don’t consciously do things with our identity as women in the mind. If the public discovered certain sensitivities in ‘Maati’, in ‘Sanjhbati’ and associated it with my feminine identity that it is up to them to interpret. It’s up to you to interpret.
Well known as a screenwriter for TV dramas like “Ichche Nodee” (Wish-granting River), “Punyi Pukur” (Sacred Pond), “Keya Patar Nouka” (Leaf Boat), “Binni Dhaner Khoi” ( puffed rice made from unhusked paddy), “Ishti Kutum” (Our Parent), Gangopadhyay also co-directed two acclaimed Bengali films “Maati” (Earth) and “Sanjhbati” (Evening Light).
Many of her soap operas have been remade in different languages, and she also wrote the scripts for Malayalam soap opera “Kudumbavilakku” and Tamil soap opera “Bhagya Lakshmi”.
“I’ve worn many hats in my life since completing my master’s degree. I had taken the leap into the entertainment industry which was an extension of my literary career as a writer…in as a human, as an individual, and not just as a woman.
“But yes, a woman has to be more than equal to the task than a man because she has to tackle many fronts,” Gangopadhyay said.
The responsibility as President of the State Women’s Commission also introduced her to the crises and issues faced by women from different strata of society.
“Thank you to those who have given me the opportunity to be with women in distress and manage their myriad problems. On International Women’s Day, I pledge to play all my roles with equal ease “, said Gangopadhyay, one of the most active producers of television soap operas. and films, signed.
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