Barfi!, Piku and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi amongst others are proof, Tollywood superstar Jisshu Sengupta has cemented his position in Bollywood too. His recent release is a sci-fi web series Skyfire, a ZEE5 original, directed by Soumik Sen. Jisshu stars alongside Prateik Babbar, Sonal Chauhan and Jatin Goswami in the digital drama. In an exclusive interview with us, the actor spills the beans on his affinity towards content-driven cinema and also hints at an important detail about his next Hindi film.
Jisshu, who is reported to play a crucial role in Mahesh Manjrekar‘s upcoming film Devidas Thakur, recently took a paycut for a Hindi film. “I have done a Hindi film which will release soon and I took lesser money for that than I take back in Bengal because I loved the script. The money was 55-60% lesser than what I get back home. I loved the film and it’s being made by a huge director I wanted to work with him for the longest time. He is a big name in the Hindi and Marathi films (industries), so yeah I wanted to work with him. I also did it because the content was really good. Money is THE most important thing even for an engineer or a doctor. It’s the same here.” Going by his words, can you guess which filmmaker Jisshu is talking about? Your guess is as good as ours, after all.
He further expressed his desire to take up more content-driven films and work with the likes of Sujoy Ghosh, Shoojit Sircar and others in Bollywood. “I’d love for content-driven films which would give me an opportunity to showcase whatever I have learned in all these years. I want to explore myself,” says Jisshu. He also revealed that during the shoot of Skyfire, he was juggling between dubbing for Borno Porichoi and hosting Sa Re Ga Ma Pa – Bangla.