Nagpur: The young bubbly and vivacious actress who assays the role of Manju Sharma the wife of Kapil Sharma in Comedy Nights with Kapil often gets tongue-tied when Kapil Sharma pulls her leg, Sumona Chakravarti had an exclusive chat with Nagpur Today.
* While replying to her portrayal and the way she carries herself beautifully in sarees as Manju Sharma in the television show Comedy Nights with Kapil which received widespread praise, she replied that she has initiated sarees among the young gals once again.
* While replying to a query on her schooling and college, Sumona Chakravarti said that she did her schooling from
Loreto Convent in Lucknow and later from Hiranandani Foundation School in Mumbai after her father shifted to Mumbai in 1997. She claimed that she completed her graduation from one of the most happening and very eventful college named Jai Hind College in Mumbai.
* While replying to a query on her tryst with the filmdom, Sumona Chakravarti said that she debuted as an actor in the 1999 Aamir Khan starrer Mann as a child actor, when she was studying in Class 6 and was 12 years old. She claimed that she has also worked in many ad films. She also featured in a short role in 2014 film Kick.
* While explaining about her TV career, Sumona said that she has worked in TV Kab Kyon Kaise on DD National, How’s That! on DD National, Kasamh Se on Zee TV, Sun Yaar Chill Maar on Bindaas, Kasturi on Star Plus, Detective Doll on SAB TV, Devi on NDTV Imagine, Horror Nights on STAR One, Sapnon Se Bhare Naina on Star Plus, Khotey Sikkey on Sony Entertainment Television.
* While replying about her roles in movies, Sumona claimed that she played the role of Natasha Kapoor, a rich brat sister of the business tycoon Ram Kapoor (Ram Kapoor) on the TV serial Bade Achhe Lagte Hain on Sony TV. She explained how a distinguished and veteran actor Ram made her feel like a little daughter. She claimed that she used to learn a lot about acting from veterans actors like Ram and actresses like Sakshi Tanwar.
* She claimed that she played a cameo in Barfi (2012) starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz. She added that at the sets of Barfi, she was never treated as a new comer or as someone who is never been on the movies, instead she was welcomed by actors like Ranbir Kapoor saying, “I know you”. She claimed that she was easily accepted and was treated with equal respect.
* While answering to a question about her life as an actress, she replied that it has not been a bed of roses. There has been long hours of waiting in queues for audition. She said she has faced a lot of dejections; however, it is her mother Sumita Chakravarti who stood with her and has been very supportive of her. She was the one who has been very supportive of her and has been encouraging her to keep going. While giving a message to the youngsters of the city who want to explore the possibilities of acting in serials and movies, Sumona said that it is very important to have a very supportive family. She added that one should have immense patience and perseverance. She claimed that one should be very realistic and know their strengths and weaknesses before venturing into acting.
* When asked if the concepts like casting couch is still a reality in Bollywood, she claimed that she is from a very middle class family and no god-father to introduce her into movies. She has just been lucky to be in the industry without facing the casting couch. However, she said that she can’t comment on whether it happens or not since she never had to face it.
* When asked about her passions, Sumona claimed that she is a voracious reader and loves to read novels. However, the second thing she is very passionate about is Music. She claimed that she is very moody but loves to listen to Jagjit Singh, Coke Studio or just radio late in the night when they just play old numbers of Kishore Da and less of advertisements.
She was in the city to attend to the first birthday party of Rahul Chandel’s son Rajveer Chandel. The interview was arranged by Sanjay Kukreja of Balaji Entertainments.
Photographs by Amol Gajbiye