Tuesday, June 15

Bumbada works his magic on city educators

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Students should be encouraged to share their plus and minus points with school heads and educators so that they can boost their strength and work upon their weaknesses. Moreover, the teacher-student relationship should be open and transparent, in fact more like friends. This advice came from Prosenjit Chatterjee at the Times NIE “In Conversation With Prosenjit Chatterjee ” with principals at the Tollygunge Club on Saturday. HDFC Bank was the associate partner while it was powered by ZTrack, a unit of Funscholar Innovations Pvt. Ltd.

The Tollywood superstar had everyone in the Yule 150 hall spellbound for over an hour as he held forth on his childhood, school days, film career, fitness secrets and his life as a parent in an informal chat with well-known painter Ashok Haralalka.“Prosenjit Chatterjee is my brand, but I would like to be remembered as a human being first, as Bumba” he averred right at the onset.

The actor got many a moment to go down memory lane as he spoke about ‘Chhoto Jigyasa’, his first film as a child star. “I was barely four-and-a-half or five years old when I did that film, so I have very faint memories. But yes I remember I would eagerly say ‘I am ready for shooting, shooting khela’. We had a bungalow in Tollygunge and the entire unit stayed there during the shoot. I also remember running barefoot on Bally Bridge for the final shot and despite all the pain I kept running. People then said I had the ability to bare pain like a military man,” said Chatterjee who became emotional talking about the late Rituparno Ghosh.

Talking about his school days, he said that initially he was in South Point School and then was shifted to St Xavier’s Collegiate School. “I feel so good, like a god whenever I walk through those corridors….I always make it a point to go back to SXC to interact with the students. I owe so much to St Xavier’s… my days there taught me how to be disciplined and inspired me to become an actor.” About his son, he added, “Trishanjit is not interested in doing films, rather he is very keen to become an international soccer player. I have sent him to London to study and also get a chance to play good football. Arpita and I sent him to hostel in Kodaikanal as we wanted him to have a normal childhood away from Tollywood and the media.”

The Q and A session had his audience asking him the secret behind his youth, despite having crossed 50 years. “Not just me even Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar all seem more energetic after 45. It’s all inside your mind. My diet is like that of a sportsman,” he laughed. The event also saw presentations by HDFC Bank and Funscholar. Bumbada also unveiled the latter’s Ztrack, India’s first wearable tech watch for schools.


Source: Times of India

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