Spilling the Beans - Pauleen Chakravorty

Pauleen Chakravorty

She’s young, she’s bold, and she’s one of the only female casting directors in the industry to have achieved so much in such a short span of time. Pauleen Chakravorty began her career in PR, and has now moved into being a talk show host. Is her show, The Pauleen Chakravorty Show, another Koffee with Karan in the making?

From casting director to talk show host – how’d you make the shift?
Casting will always be a part of my profile, but hosting a talk show has been my dream ever since I started watching Koffee with Karan. The rapid fire rounds, the bold questions and super intimate answers always intrigued me. I’ve always wanted to ask actors things that the viewers would love to know about them. A well-recognised website CEO saw the small videos that I put up on my page – actors answering unusual questions – and approached me to host the show. The first episode is out, and people are loving it, so I’m really excited.

How does your show differ from others?
It’s a lifestyle talk show; my agenda is it to make it more entertaining when compared to other Southern talk shows. The shows out here only talk about movies or include questions based on actors’ careers. But my job is to make the celebrity more comfortable and open up more about the parts of their lives that viewers are less familiar with.

Where can we find your show and what can the audience look forward to when they tune in?
The show is called The Pauleen Chakravorty Show, and it appears on indiaglitz.com. I believe my show is a ‘stress buster’ and people should watch it to just laugh and find out more about the celebrity’s life, things that no one knows about them. It’s a rich show. I want it to be known as the Southern version of Koffee
with Karan.

You meet and interact with a lot of new talent. Is there any fresh talent you’d like to tell us about?
I handle a lot of new talent. The bad part about our industry is that not many actors get to do a good movie. Moreover, it’s the same old actors and actresses, or sometimes Bollywood actresses who feature in Southern films. What I’m trying to do is get these new talents some productive roles in movies.

Shivani Rai is a very talented girl who has acted in more than 20 short films, but is still struggling to get a good role in a film. Shraddha Pandey, a theatre actress, has been trying for a role for the last three years. Mahesh Sriram and Karthik, who live in the US, often come to audition in South India when they travel to India. So, yes, there are lot of new talents waiting to be explored.

What exactly does your work consist of?
Casting actors, PR of celebrities and styling. I try to put my hands in everything. I am also planning to open a celeb junk store where fans can buy their favourite celebrities’ old clothes within Rs 999!

You recently managed the PR for several celebrities at the Lakme Fashion Week. What was that like?
I was mainly handling the PR for designer Archita Narayanan, and getting celebrities to walk for other designers too. It was a fantastic experience! One thing I love about Bollywood is that celebrities there don’t have any airs about themselves; they’re fuss-free and professional. I worked with Karisma Kapoor, Upen Patel, Harshavardhan and Mannara Chopra during the course of the show, and I loved every bit of it. I am soon going to be working on London Fashion Week, too. I can’t wait to get back and share my experiences with you all!

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Whatever I do I put in my 500% so, yes, I love everything about my work. As a girl it’s pretty hard to survive in this industry without any family backing. But I can proudly say I love the struggle and the bricks I am breaking to get through to my destination.

Any celebrity you’d like to work with?
There are so many! Shah Rukh Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Mahesh Babu, and the list goes on. I want to be the next Shanoo Sharma of the film industry!     --- as told to Niharika