An open letter to Ankita Chakraborty, actor playing Kamalika Majumdar (Mun) on award winning Star Jalsha mega serial Ishti Kutum


Note: This post is about the Bengali TV serial Ishti Kutum. If you are not a follower of the show, please follow the posts on category archives for context.

Dear Madam,

These days on Star Jalsha, promos of the forthcoming Star Jalsha Parivaar Awards 2013 have started making rounds. In that we see you and actor Ronita Das (the actor playing the lead character Baha) talking to, smiling at and hugging each other. On the papers also we saw both of you taking photos together with sweet smiling faces. It was indeed very lovely to see you together in such joyous moments. However there was some distrust in the mind when I saw it, a nagging cynical thought kept knocking on my heart’s door, and this letter is about that.

Let me tell you what is the distrust about. Tell me, as a an actor, when you act in a particular show and a bunch of people use filthy language and abuse that show’s main plot and leading characters, should you be supporting them? Should you be patting them on the back and encouraging them personally?

I do not belong to the entertainment industry, but even as a person of ordinary prudence I think it is not the right thing to do as a fellow actor. But you have been doing that.

I am talking about the fan page opened for the character of Mun of Ishti Kutum (MIK Page) on Facebook. You have occasionally visited the page from your personal Facebook ID. It is evident that you have a direct connection with the admin of that page because he/she shares your personal message with the fans. More recently you had an online chat with the members of that page where you answered many of their questions. One particular question was, “Archi r choritro ti tomar kemon lage?” (How do you find the character of Archi)” “You had replied, “tomader jemon lage” (Same as you guys find it)

Madam, are you aware that the members of that page routinely address the character of Archi as ‘Rapist Archi.’ Perhaps that character is flawed but do you really support the use of such language for the character? As per your chat it seems you do.

Besides this, the page routinely abuses the character of Baha in the worst of the worst language and maligns the character with unspeakable abuses. I find it surprising that at one hand you are establishing personal connection with these members and at the other hand we see on the newspapers photos where you and Ronita Das are together smiling.

You would probably say I am mixing up FACT and FICTION, confusing real people with fictitious characters. After all the MIK page is NOT maligning real people, they are only abusing about fictitious characters of Archi and Baha.

TRUE. So the question madam is, who are you, Ankita or Kamalika? Fact or Fiction?

If you are Ankita, an actor by profession then why are you associating yourself with a page opened for a fictitious character? Can you explain?

That page has a tag line ‘Ankita Rockss.’ Who is this Ankita? No such character in Ishti Kutum. Is that you? Does that mean it is both a fan page for Mun as well as Ankita Chakraborty? If that is so, then should we assume it is running with your knowledge, consent and support?

I mean, that per se is not a big deal. Some fans opened a page for the character you playing, you might feel flattered and so you might want to encourage them. I wouldn’t have written this letter had that page been like any other fan page and not a place to run a hate campaign or if there language was not so filthy and obscene. It just seems a bit odd that you associated yourself with that page.

I have a feeling that owing to an immense pleasure of having a fan page opened for your character, you got carried away and didn’t check the credibility of that page before associating yourself with a them. Who are they, what is their identity, what kind of messages are being posted there etc. You must be a busy person, never got time to go through those hundreds of posts, so allow me to give you a few instances of their language and standards. On reading them you’d yourself realize who you are associating with and encouraging, and in what capacity, as Mun or Ankita?

Sonia Ray writes on MIK page, “Rapist Archi parasite er ki khabor?” (What’s up with Rapist Archi parasite) “Rapist Archi r moto ekta napungshak…;” (An eunuch like Rapist Archi…) Riya Ghosh writes, “Ei ____ er baccha Archi r bar baronto…ok jento puriye mara uchit;” (This son of a____Archi is crossing all limits, he should be burnt alive) Trish Bharti writes, “morte morteo sayatani” (notoriety even while dying)

As a member of the Ishti Kutum creative team, as an actor, as a colleague and as an educated cultured human being, associating yourself with such language and mentality, does it look good on you?

Think about it.

Thanks

Ps. I have the screen shots to support all my statements given above.

Note: This letter was posted on Magic Moments Motion Picture Pvt Limited FB page (

the creative team behind Ishti Kutum) but have been removed from there. While all the abuses are still intact. Rather strange.

Bengali Version, originally posted in Facebook

Ishti Kutum e Mun choritre abhinoy korchen abhinetri Ankita Chakraborty ke ekti khola chithi,

Idaning Star Jalsha Awards er promo ashche, tate dekha gelo apni Ronita Das er sathe heshe katha bolchen kolakuli korchen. IK success party r je chobi dekhlam paper e tateo apnara eksathe khub hashi mukhe chobi tulechen. Khub bhalo laglo ei gulo, kintu moner moddhe ekta sangsoy, ekta ki jeno khach khach korche, sei niye ei chithi likhchi.

Sangsoy ta keno seta boli. Ekjon actor hisabe apni jakhon kono show te abhinay karen, sei show ta niye, seta r mul galpo o choritro niye asobhyo abhadra bhashaye jakhon galagali deoa hoy, apnar pakkhe ki take samarthan kara uchit? Tader ke niyamito bahoba deoa, utsaho deoa uchit??

Ami entertainment industry r kichu jani na bujhi na, tabu e tuku mone hoy je fellow actors hisabe eta uchit noy. Kintu apni eta korchen.

Katha bolchi Ishti Kutum e Mun choritro niye je fan page ache (MIK page) setar. Apni page ta majhe majhe visit karen nijer personal ID diye. Sei page admin er sathe apnar je ekta direct personal connection ache, seta bojha jaye karon se majhe majhe apnar message page members der sathe share kare. Ebong apni recently page members der sathe chat e boshechilen, jekhane sabar nana prosner uttor diechen. Most noteworthy was je apnake keu jeggesh korechilo “Archi r choritro ti tomar kemon lage?” Apni likhechilen “tomader jemon lage”

Madam, apni ki janen je oi page niyamito bhabe Archi ke RAPIST bole daka hoy? Archi r nana bhul thakte pare, kintu apni ki Archi r choritro tir jonno ei dharaner sabdo bebohar support Karen? Apnar chat anujai kintu bolte hocche je, han apni eta support karen.

Ta chara Baha r name era akathyo galagali die thake, amar abak lage je ek dike apni Facebook e ei page members der sathe personal connection established korchen, odike khaborer kagoj er pataye dekha jaye apnar r Ronita Das er eksathe tola hashi mukhe chobi.

Apni hoyto bolben ami kalpana o bastab ke guliye felchi, sei page ta to ar Ronita ba Rrishii ke gali dicche na, dicche Archi Baha ke, tara to kalpana r manush matro.

THIK KATHA. TAHOLE PROSNO, APNI KE? MUN na ANKITA? KALPANA na BASTAB?

Apni jodi Ankita han, bastobe ek abhinetri tahole keno kalpanik choritra Mun Fan page er sathe personally joriye porchen? Bolte paren?

Na mane as such eta kono temon baro bepar noy, apnar choritro niye fan page hoyeche, apnar bhalo lagtei pare, tai apni hoyto fans der ektu utsaho dite chan… katha holo oi page ta jodi bhadro hoto tahole ami eto katha boltam na. Kintu ekta nongra page er sathe jarano ta kemon jeno lage.

Amar ki mone hoy abeger bashe apni oder sathe jarabar aage, oder credibility check karenni. Tara ke ba kara, tader real identity ki? Tara ki dharaner lekha lekhe ityadi. Apni besto manush, somoy panni oder oto shato post parar. Tai apnake kaekta instances di, apni nijei bujhun kader ke bahoba dicchen, ar ki capacity tei ba dicchen? Ankita hoye naki Mun hoye?

Mun er fan page e Sonia Ray likhche ‘Rapist Archi parasite er ki khabor?” “Rapist Archi r moto ekta napungshak…;” Riya Ghosh likhche, “Ei ____ er baccha Archi r bar baronto…ok jento puriye mara uchit;” Trish Bharti likhche “morte morteo sayatani”

Ishti Kutum creative team er ek member hisabe, abhinetri hisabe, saho-kormi hisabe ebong shikkhito ruchisheel MANUSH hisabe, ei dharaner bhasha ebong manosikata r sathe joriye para ta apnar pakkhe shobhoniyo hocche to?

Bhebe dekhben.

Dhanyabad

Sanjukta Basu

(Writer, Traveler, Photographer, TED Fellow, TEDIndia Member)

Follow Link to all of my articles on Ishti Kutum

Attached below the several screenshots as evidence of the statements made by me in the letter.

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18 comments

  1. puro pegle gechhen aapni sanjukta

  2. bhaggish apni bole dilen, nahole jantei partam na

  3. ananya ghosh · ·

    ms or mrs. whoever u are… amr to monehoy apni nijeke baha r jaiga te rekhefelechen… jai hok apnar ki ar kono kaj nei j bose bose ankita chakraborty r moto ekjon actress k apni open letter likhchen…. well ur letter was like a joke!

  4. Amar kaj nei tai ami open letter likhchi, ar apanar kono kaj nei, tai apni abar sei letter ta porlen pore haslen (joke jakhon takhon heshechen nishchoi) ar abar amake comment korlen. Jar ja bhalo lage, ar ki.

  5. ananya ghosh · ·

    ha nishchoy kaj nei tai porechi…actually m on a special holiday to. ar apna ei lekha ankita r jonne lketter ta ekta obantor ebong rude ar rough bhasha te lekha… jehetu ami kamalika and as well as ankita (fictitious nd true resp.) 2to character er e khub boro fan tai apnar ei obantor letter ta pore setate comment dilam.

  6. Abantar? Ankita nije ekta baje bepare involve hoyeche, nije ekta jathesto kharap FB page er sathe jukto hoyeche, ar amar sei niye lekha ta abantar. Ar abantar i jodi tahole ignore korlei hoy, eto katha barabar ki darkar. Amar opinion ami likhechi.

  7. ananya ghosh · ·

    dekhun ms/mrs.sanjukta ankita ekjon adult otoeb uni kon fan page er sathe joraben ar seta kharap na bhalo seta puropuri onar pesonal matter…tai seta nie ami kichu bolchina. kotha ta hocche onar acting er ami boro fan tai ei letter ta pore ami upset hoechilam tai eto comments… and m extremely sorry apnar letter e comment baranor jonne

  8. Apni jodi sotti Ankita ke eto pachondo karen, tahole ektu bhalo kore bhebe dekhben, ami ei letter ta or bhalo r uddeshei likhechi. Ankita Chakrabarty r sathe amar personal kono samparka nei, bhalo kharap kichui na. Kintu MIK page ta khub i nongra, Ankita hoyto jane na se kiser sathe joriye poreche, hoyto kakhon bhalo kore page ta dekheyini. Or bhaba uchit chilo je ei page er sathe directly jarano uchit noy. Ekta actor hisabe kichu professionalism maintain korte hoy. Archi Baha Mun ei 3 te kalpankik charitra niye fans ra sara din jhagra korche, aje baje katha bolche eke aparke personal attack korche, kintu ja korche fans ra korche, tader moddhe sayong actors der ki joriye para ta thik?

    Amar to mone hoy eta thik na. Actor Rrishii Kaushik kintu nijer FB page e bar bar boleche amader kauke alada kore support korben na, gota team ke support korun. Ami mone kori Rishi sotti karer professional er moth katha boleche, se aj porjonto ei jhagraye joriye pareni athhocho Ankita sarasori ei kada chora churi te joriye feleche nijeke.

    Ankita ke hurt karar jonno ami eii open letter ta likhini, apni matha thanda kore arekbar parun bujhte parben.

  9. kalyani · ·

    Mis sanjukta k bltei hche j tara jakhan sanbadpatra k spicy kre tolar janya sb clbrtyr name kecha bar kren seta stti hok ba mithya takhn kn2 vbena j seta fct na fctn.tahle akhn kano?mun e hok r ankita e hok se to direct kchu blche na.r indirect vbe ki bla ucht apni blte parben?j dear fans tmra ekhane ei sb blo na ki tai to?apnar ki mne hy na ekjan clbrty kakhno kno ei sb bepare jorate chay na c ucht o ny.r jara eisb cmnt guli krche tara fact nd fctn k gulie flche tara bujhche na asol gali ta drctr k dwa ucht.archi ba baha tar isaray nach che.ekhane mun ba ankitar chup thaka tai tar budhimottar porichoy dey.

  10. kalyani · ·

    Sanjukta ekhane soti sajcho 2mi?istikutum page a 2mi r tmr mato kato gulo bisri cheharar manush muner j sradhyo krecho sei belay kchu ase jayna tai na.tmra hcho bahar mato chrctrls,bitch.tht s y otake nye matamati krcho.

  11. Ms Kalyani,

    Amar character jai hok na keno, apnar bhasha apnar character ti ke besh bhaloi tule dhoreche, Chaliye jan, ami badha debo na, jano sadharan dekhuk ar bujhuk.

  12. […] first content reported by the enemy and consequently removed by Facebook was my ‘Open letter to Ankita Chakrabarty, the actor playing the role of Mun in Ishti Kutum. After being removed from Ishti Kutum, that letter […]

  13. Shankar sen · ·

    I am your new fan my name is Shankar sen I am from Bangladesh , I like your acting very much in Istikutum.

  14. ami ishti kutum er niyomito darshok.. r ei open letter er bishoytake truely support kori.. kamalika r fan page dekechi, baha-archi ke niye khub baje abusive comment kora hoy.. ami ekbar as a viewer ‘kamalika’ (remind it I’ve cleared I am not against Ankita, I’ve jst told about the characterisation of Kamalika, in Ishiti Kutum) character tar ektu negetive dik highlight korechilam bole kamalikar fan page k joner songe amar ritimoto tarko jure gechilo.. babah! ora to kamalikar against e kichu suntei chaina (janina ora kara oi pager admins na fans!).. kono choritro ke spcl pachonodo hotei pare, kintu ta bole jake like korina take jata comment korbo keno! ami e bapare @sanjukta r songe ekmot. thnk Sonjukta sotti kotha bolar jonyo.. sobar ei sahosthake na. as a viewer amader motamot dewar adhikar ache.. after all amra serial ta dekhi bole cholche.. serial er karmokartaderi to uthcit chilo fan pager er ei barabaritake control kora.. sudhu ki tai era giye baha o archir fan pageo abusive comment pass kore.. Rishi & Rantar o utchit etar protest kora.

  15. Moumita,

    Mun er name khola oi page ta ekta khub nongra page kintu sab cheye majar katha holo oi page ta khuleche IK team er ekjon. The admin of that page is part of the Ishti kutum production team. Shameless politics is being played.

  16. Another fact is that the page made in the name of Mun of Ishti Kutum is actually a hate page for Archi and Baha and also the actors RK /RD. Many times there are personal attacks on the page. It is in fact a page for personal propaganda and industry politics.

    Aro majar bepar holo ei je anek lok jara oi page take LIKE diyeche tar na bujhe diyeche, join karar pare bujheche je ota ekta nongra page.

  17. Name edited by Blog admin · ·

    sanjukta aapni puro pagol hoe gachen…apnar teeth and mathar doctor dakhano uchit…puro pagle gachen….biye tha hoeni..frustrated lokjon…

  18. anjan bagchi · ·

    kamalika absolutely spoiling the serial.stop her.

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