Profession: Actor and Musician
Born and raised in Duliajan, Plabita Borthakur received a lot of praise for her role in the critically acclaimed Lipstick Under My Burkha. She played as one of the main protagonists. Before that, she had also made a cameo in the big banner film, PK where she played the role of Anushka Sharma’s sister. Plabita is not only a talented actor but she is also a musician and is part of the band, Manu & Chow.
Tell us a little about your role in Lipstick Under My Burkha. How did you prepare yourself for the role?
Rehana is a college going girl who comes from a conservative and restrictive family, but has dreams of becoming a cool teen and a pop singer in college. I chose to play the role because I fell instantly in love with the script when I read it, and we have rarely seen such characters portrayed as realistically in Indian cinema before. So it was a great opportunity.
For preparation, I did a lot of readings with Alankrita and a few days of workshop with Atul Mongia and they helped me a lot. I also read Hindi magazines and books out loud to improve my pronunciation and roamed around Mumbai wearing a burkha.
Your sister Parineeta is a well-known actor, does that put extra pressure on you as an actor?
It doesn’t. Instead, it helps. Whenever I have an important audition, I go meet my sisters and they help me rehearse. Parineeta has been a guide to me, she’s makes my struggles easier.
You are also a singer, tell us a little about your band and where have you performed in India?
My band is called Manu & Chow. We are an easy listening, multi-genre band. We’ve been performing in and around Mumbai and Pune and are drawing up plans to take it to the next level now.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to drive around or go on walks with my iPod on. I also like to cook a healthy meal for myself once in a while.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I’m working on a feature film. It’s an interesting script and the cast consists of renowned actors like Sanjay Mishra, Vijay Raj, Naveen Kasturia, Manoj Joshi.
As told to Meeta Borah