Labelling children as ‘child actors’ is a “logic”: Srijit

Vastavam web: Labelling children in films as ‘child actors’ is a “logic” that does not find favour with national award winning director Srijit Mukherjee, who says they should not be treated in any different manner than regular actors.Talking about his next directorial ‘Uma’, where the centre of focus is a 13-year-old girl, he said she would give all the right expressions in a very spontaneous, uninhibited manner and even improvise on occasions.

“I never share the logic of labelling a kid in the cast as child actor. Nor do I believe a child should be treated in any different manner,” the ‘Begum Jaan’ director told reporters here, after the trailer launch of the film at Sovabazar Razbari yesterday.The ‘Autograph’ director said ‘Uma’ is inspired from the true story of Evan Leversage, a Canadian boy suffering from cancer, and for whom, his village of St. George, Ontario came together to celebrate Christmas much ahead of the actual date.

“As people are faced with the uncomfortable truth that Evan is going to die before Christmas, the villagers decide to celebrate a prequel of Christmas with rein deer and Christmas trees in every household. The entire Ontario is illuminated with stars and tiny bulbs. When I had read the story, it appeared so heart-rending,” he said.”Sara was diagnosed with dengue during shoots and just after recovery, she went back for shooting again. Considering her character, the post-recovery phase went in favour of her look in the film I think,” Sengupta, Sara’s father, said.