REETH MAZUMDER “Scandals generally happen when the truth comes out of closed doors”

A reckoned name on the international festival scene with films like ‘Visible Brass Straps’, ‘The Au Revoir’ and ‘Swen’, to her credit, model turned actor Reeth Mazumder, is now set to make her Hindi film debut with A Scandall. She talks about the film, her co-star Johny Baweja and her expectations from it.

By Manishaa R

A film is a journey. A filmmaker’s success lies in his story-telling when his audiences connect to the story of a film. The problem starts when every single individual starts watching a movie and indulges in fault-finding,” says actress , Reeth Majumdar, who has dabbled successfully on the international film scene and is now set to make her Hindi film debut with A Scandall.

The erotic thriller unravels the scandalous truth behind the death of a 9-year old girl in a family, who drowns in a lake. “It has all the trappings of a thriller and a murder mystery, which when it comes to light shocks people. It is a scandal that is likely to leave an unforgettable mark on the minds of the audiences,” Reeth reveals. In the film Reeth plays the role of the outgoing and glamorous Koya, who is freedom-loving but believes in keeping her life a closely guarded secret. The film is replete with bold and intimate scenes but Reeth feels that they are a part of the narrative, “That’s the reality of society today. The scenes are crucial to the film and the subject, which is very bold,” she avers, adding that she will be seen sharing screen space in the film with Johnny Baweja and Manav, both of whom have done very good justice to their roles in the film. According to her, the film is the kind that keeps you glued to your seat for two hours. “It has a shock value and at the same time it keeps you guessing. Scandals generally happen when the truth comes out of closed doors and director Ishaan Trivedi has handled the subject really well,” she says.
The actress, who is all of 25, admits to having travelled the world over, exploring international projects, besides featuring as a model in major campaigns both in India and on the international front.

Born in a family of cinematographers and editors (her grandfather is a veteran editor in Bengali cinema) in West Bengal, Reeth was always keen to explore the world of cinema from a young age. She completed her graduation in English Hons in 2011, after she shifted to Mumbai, the city of dreams. It was here that she started modelling and became the face for several leading brands, after which she auditioned and bagged the lead role in an Indo-Italian film, Visible Bra Straps which travelled to 25 international film festivals and won critical acclaim and awards including the Audience choice award, Golden Palm and Best Experimental film,. “The film changed my life overnight. It did amazingly well and got me some of the best roles on the international arena,” she recalls. Subsequently she bagged a French film titled, The Au Revoire, which also scored in the Best Romance category in European festivals. In 2011, Reeth was chosen as the only Indian face in Cannes in a section called ‘The Talent’s Corner’, after she showed her Italian and French films at the festival. Her next English film, SWEN in 2012, also made headlines in the festival circuit. “I became a hot favourite with the festival crowd and a regular at all the international festivals so much so that I came to acquire the distinction of being a festival girl,” she smiles.

Reeth has also done a Bengali film, which she reveals is the first ever Bengali science fiction called Porobashinee, in collaboration with a French Dhaka production house. The film has been made in Bengali and French and she is awaiting its release. Right now, though she is waiting to gauge the audience response to A Scandall, which is scheduled to release later this month. Does she plan to take it to the international festival? “The film is definitely intriguing and it would be worth an effort to take it to festivals but I'd first like to know how it is received in India,” she quips.

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