February 19, 2012 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
"My parents were worried that I might not be able to make it in the movies but I promised them that I'd return as a star. They were still anxious and I said that if I won't get a chance to act then I would marry somebody and settle down as a housewife," says Anu Smriti Sarkar.
The petite graduate has only one thing on her mind and that is a quest to do films and more films. In the process she has also learnt the tricks of the trade and also the art of handling the media. Her answers seems orchestrated but one feels like listening to the conversation as it is laced with great confidence.
Ask Anu Smriti to describe herself she reels like a memorised answer, "I'm an extrovert, simple, innocent girl and I take time to talk. I'm intelligent, not at all dumb and love to go out with friends. Your city Hyderabad is very nice and I love the Biryani.
Vankai Fry my first film might not have done well but my work was appreciated, so that works for me. I love sweets and pasta and I gorge on them when I'm not shooting." Another clichéd memory of the actor is that of her childhood and she remembers staring at herself in the mirror for hours and wanting to become an actor. Fortunately for her, the dream came true and she turned into a model cum actor.
Anu is a Bengali but she stresses that she is a hardcore Mumbaikar as the family relocated to the city aeons ago.
On her second film Ista Sakhi, the actor says, "It has four heroes and I'm the only one heroine. Out of us, three are debutants. A story that revolves around youth, it has these four boys wooing and pampering me in college, but I keep my feelings to myself, there is a twist in the story that is a small secret about me is revealed but yes finally one of the four guys marry me. We also have many senior character artistes in the film."
Anu Smriti has worked in Don Muthu Swami and she considers herself lucky for having been associated with Mithun Chakraborty who played her father in the film and that was followed by four Bengali movies.
She avers, "Currently I'm doing a big Bengali film with Prosenjit that is releasing for summer. I have also signed quite a few projects in Hindi and Telugu and also Bengali but I'm not supposed to talk about it. Bengali films are made with small budget and are also not technically advanced like south Indian films. It has become more commercial, they are now remaking Telugu and Tamil films. Remunerations are just okay though they aren't flattering like the payments in the South."