Rohit Roy wowed us with his performance in Kaabil. He will next be seen in Bouma Detective, a web series that streams on HoiChoi!
TheDigitalHash.com caught up with the talented actor and get his insights into the film industry and where the streaming industry is going to be in the next few years. This is an excerpt.
Tell us about your experience with Bouma Detective.
It was a first for me. I have never done a Bengali series before. This was exciting because of the new format. We all know and believe that digital is going to be the future. I have been wanting to work with Venkatesh for the longest time.
Tell us about your character in the series.
Bouma Detective is an interesting concept. I am sure people will enjoy the series. My character is a grey one. He is a real character, he plays a superstar in Calcutta. He is flamboyant and loves the attention – people love him. There’s a certain quirk to his character, which I cannot mention now. He wears his heart on his sleeve. I believe my character is based on a real-life superstar in Calcutta.
What’s the one memory you take away from the Bouma Detective sets?
It was great working with the local talent. I became a fan of Aupadi, my co-star after the first shot. I think I will always remember the climax scene. It’s a culmination of a lot of emotions. It’s a culmination of the story, it’s the beginning of the relationship between me and her. It is obviously the climax of the web series.
That scene was very intense. It was getting late in the night while shooting it and it was being shot in a room. The claustrophobia, the general weariness of shooting for long hours, all of that worked for us. The scene that follows is a nice scene that’s set in the morning. I remember all that angst in the pre-climax scene.
What made you say yes to this series?
I am Bengali, I am an actor. I wanted to venture into the film industry that speaks my mother tongue. My mother wanted me to work in the Bengali film industry. According to me, with the amount of talent that Calcutta has, it might be one of the most talented cities in this country. It has such a rich culture and history, so one wants to collaborate with those kinds of people.
How different is Calcutta from Mumbai?
It isn’t restrained, there is a method in the madness. They have their own chaos, but it is a calculated chaos. They may be a bit laidback for people from Mumbai. I used to earlier get irritated because of the slow pace, but at the end of the day, they get their work done. Who are we to tell them how to do the work?
And now different is it shooting for a web series and a film?
These differences are only on paper. There’s no difference in working in a Kaabil or a Bouma Detective. The pace in films is a little faster and you don’t get to rest between scenes, but there’s no real difference. Whatever character I am playing, it makes no difference whether it’s a web series or a film. If I was to play Amit Shelar in a web series, I would have played it in the same way. There might be a different mounting, but it doesn’t alter how the character comes out.
What preparations do you go through for a role?
My preparation for a role is restricted to reaching the set, reading my lines, understanding my character and getting a feel of what the project is all about. Everyone thinks I put a lot of work in the Kaabil character but it’s not true. I am more of an improv actor. I don’t have any other process. Whatever scenes I am doing, I read it and I know the lines that I have to say, and my co-stars must. I don’t like to go there and be prompted – that’s not good for an actor.
You have evolved greatly after Shootout at Lokhandwala, comment?
Earlier, probably I was not that careful about what I was doing. Currently, whether it is a Shootout at Lokhandwala or a Plan or a Kaabil, I take some informed decisions. But previously, what I did in television – if I see it now, I will probably sleep watch half of it.
What’s your take on web series?
This is the now and this is the future. It could be what television has become now and bigger. Suppose you are in the house, your family wants to see something else – and here, you are one viewer with one set. You can watch what you want and when you want it.
What foreign web series do you watch? Any series that you would like to see adapted in India?
I watch Ray Donovan. I enjoy watching. I am also going to begin Mindhunter. I would love to see the Ray Donovan character adapted and made in India.
What’s next for you?
I have done a small part in J P Dutta’s Paltan. That will release soon, and I am looking at other projects coming my way.
Rohit Roy will soon be seen in the streaming series Bouma Detective that will stream exclusively on the HoiChoi app and website. We wish him and the people behind Bouma Detective the best of luck!