Ambition is such a fickle, relative concept. For some, making your Bollywood debut as the lead female role of a rom-com set in the villages of India and the urban outfits of Australia would be a dream come true. While Bidita Bag is certainly happy to play the central protagonist in Prateek Chakraborty’s From Sydney With Love, the Bengali artist, model, and singer believes there is so much more in store for her as an actress. Launching her acting career in the Bengali film industry with Icche, Ms. Bag quickly found an alluring role waiting for her in Bollywood as the impressionable village girl who moves to Sydney, Australia, to pursue her college education. Now fully convicted acting is the career for her, the economics graduate hopes to pop up on Hollywood’s radar in the not-to-distant future. Should good fortune smile on her, Ms. Bag confessed she would love to either be cast by Quentin Tarantino or star in a film opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
Before Hollywood calls, Ms. Bag hopes audiences will fill the cinema halls and enjoy From Sydney With Love, which opens Aug. 24 and also stars Sharad Malhotra, Reshmi Ghosh, Karan Sagoo, and Evelyn Sharma.
Buzzine Bollywoodhad the chance to have quite the in-depth chat with Ms. Bag. She spoke to us of the finer nuances of Indian cinema, her many artistic interests, and how she would like to see her acting career develop.
Parimal M. Rohit: You are newcomer to Hindi film but no stranger to the camera. With all the modeling and acting you have done, how would you introduce yourself to a large audience?
Bidita Bag: my modeling career really helped me. It made me camera friendly. I knew how to take light on my face and carry myself with confidence. I have done my bit of acting in front of movie camera. So far people say I have done a decent job. Whatever I do, I do with conviction. Now it’s my luck ... and I don’t know how the larger audience will accept me, but I am optimistic!