Meet the newest Bollywood star from NE

The latest champ joining the Bollywood bandwagon from the Northeast region, is here, the 24-year-old Ranbir Chakma. A young freshman who hails from Kamalanagar, a small town in Southwestern Mizoram.

He will be playing a co-lead actor in the upcoming flick “Nasha” starring Poonam Pandey, to be released this summer and  directed by Amit Saxena, who shot to fame with his first directorial debut film “Jism” back in 2003.

In an exclusive interview, Ranbir revealed, “I am playing this comical role of one Northeastern student who goes to study in an international School in Panchgani. My character is cool, happy-go-lucky and jolly teen who belong to the best gang of the school. The character demanded that i speak both Hindi and English fluently, I am sure everyone is going to love him,” winks a smile.

Hi Ranbir, Is this your first movie?
I had earlier worked in an Indie movie titled “Software Hardware Kya Yaaroon” directed by Rabi kisku, an IIT-ian turned Director. The Hinglish movie is due for released on April 5, 2013 under the production label of PVR cinemas – Director’s rare banner. We have a foreign cast in this movie. The film has been also screened at Indian Film Festival in Japan last year. The OST is sang by Lucky Ali and well-known rock band Boomarang from Mizoram.


The Bollywood film "Nasha"  poster

The Bollywood film “Nasha” promotional poster


Can you share us about your schooling background?
I did my elementary schooling at FHSS, Guwahati. And then enrolled at Mizoram Institute of Comprehensive Education (MICE) till 12th standard. I just graduated in BE (Computer Science) from PES College of Engineering in Mandya, Karnataka.

Your birthday?
Every year on 9th November

Do you have any other upcoming projects?
Yeah, just waiting for the released date of “Nasha”. On the other hand, I am reading quite a few more scripts on the line, I haven’t decided though. If I get the right script, i am keen to move on with the project.

What inspired you to join acting?

When I first joined theater and films, I didn’t know what I was doing it for, It just pull me in. I grew up in a family where singing and acting were given a lot of importance and I used to greatly admire my Grand dad ‘s theater group back home in Mizoram, which we call “DOLI” in Chakma. This played a huge role in my choice of career and one in which I am eternally grateful to my grandpa.

Future Plans?

As of now, I am going to be focusing solely on my acting. I want to work with good Directors, who comes up with good scripts, be it Northeastern script or Bollywood. Looking at the future, i would like to try my hand in directing with the objective of bringing more upcoming talents into the mainstream (Bollywood) market.



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