A talented actor from Imphal, Bijou Thaangjam was bitten by the acting bug after watching a play during his final year of graduation. He has acted in many big banner Bollywood film. He has a cameo in Jagga Jasoos, in addition to that, he has penned the lyrics of a chorus song ‘Ashang Bagi Kangleipak’ which features in one of the scenes.
In III Smoking Barrels directed by Sanjib Dey, he has a role that is shrouded in mystery. ‘Some things are better left unsaid.’ This film also marks his debut as Art Director. ‘This film is very special to me in many ways. Our director, Sanjib Dey, blindly trusted me. I was very sceptical whether I would be able to take this project as an art director. It was a lot of pressure, because I didn’t have experience in this field, except being closely associated with Omung Kumar and his wife Vanita Kumar who are known for their art direction and production designing. Thankfully, everything I learnt during the time I spent with them came in handy.’ He also shares that he couldn’t have done it without the help of ‘Assistant Director Lisa and Ronit, who is technically the backbone of this film.’
Bijou feels that III Smoking Barrels is one of the most special films in my life. ‘I still remember the first telephonic conversation with Sanjib. He made me feel so comfortable, I felt as if we had known each other for ages. He is no-nonsense person, which makes him great to work with. I had the best time working with him, and the entire cast and crew. I was also so proud to see so many hardworking and talented people, in our Northeast.’
Although there were many memorable behind-the-scenes moments, he shares one that he will never forget. ‘We were shooting at a resort, a little away from Guwahati. One day, we had to shoot 3 scenes in 3 different areas within the resort. I had to set up all the areas accordingly to the respective scenes, and on top of that, I had to act out my scenes. Just imagine the chaos! I don’t even know how I managed to pulled that off, it was crazy.’
Bijou is currently shooting for Alt Balaji’s web series ‘The Test Case’ and prepping for his next film which will start shooting soon.