Koel Mallick is the daughter of veteran Bengali actor Ranjit Mallick. He made his acting debut in college with Natar Guru (2003). Although he started playing arm candy in the hands of the movie hero, he gradually made a name for himself by choosing a movie that allowed him to showcase his talent. He was established as a versatile actor by the Dark and Brooding Hemlock Society (2012), Supernatural Imagination Arundhati (201), Drama Shadows and Chobi (201), Ramkam Ghare O Bear (201) and the detective film Mitin Mashi (201). Can fit in any section. She married producer Nispal Singh Rani in 2013. They were in a relationship for seven years before deciding to tie the knot. In May 2020, at the height of the epidemic and lockdown, she became the mother of son Kabir. She has since taken it easy, enjoying the challenges of motherhood and rediscovering her own childhood in the process. Quotes from an interesting tate-a-tate with Bengali beauty
You’ve played so many roles and the role you’re playing is that of a delicious mummy. If you’re so busy with advertising, movies, and endorsements, how do you make time for a baby?
My baby is my highest priority. It’s not like consciously deciding “no, I can’t do it or I can do it”. I think once you are a mother you are always a mother. She is a part of me. Even when I’m at work, I know what he’s doing at the moment. I need to make a video call to check if he is eating properly, because he is eating teeth now. So for a few days, he was extremely anxious about food. She was not eating properly so I was under pressure. I was chasing her and then I thought, this is why ads happen where moms chase their kids like “Kha le beta”! And the same thing happened at my house where I was chasing my son. Fortunately, at the moment, I haven’t started shooting any special photos but I’ve definitely started doing other things like going to events and meetings. Once you start shooting, you have to adhere to call timing. You have to be there, you have to be on set, you can’t rush because you have a baby in the house. But for the facts and everything, I keep saying that it’s not her lunch time or going to bed because before she goes to bed, she’s kind of whimsical. I have to stay up all night with him. So putting everything together, it’s an overwhelming experience. Earlier, when I talked to mothers, they said it was indescribable – the kind of feeling you have as a mother. But now, being a mother, I fully understand. I immediately guess the expressions that come on his face. I know what he wants and what he dislikes. Fortunately, she is a happy child and she is always smiling. When I was in my womb, I listened to all kinds of beautiful songs and hymns and danced with joy. During lockdown, when
I was totally confined to my home, I was usually just having fun. Maybe that’s why it’s in him. He is a fun-loving child and is always entertaining others or entertaining himself.
Now that you have a child of your own,
Do you understand your own mother well? The kind of stress you put on him …
My mother always says that I have always been a very lucky girl, you know. I was always extremely obedient to my parents. I don’t think I was a tough kid. But my husband Rane (Nispal Singh Rane) was very naughty as a child. Yesterday, for example, we went to the playground and I was enjoying myself in the cradle next to my son. Rune was pushing the swing and when I told her to slow down, she kept pushing the baby higher and not listening to me. When we got back home I told my father-in-law that your son was going to ruin my son by teaching him all kinds of mischief. My son will have a mixed personality, I think.
You have dated your husband for the longest time and then you got married in 2013. How was the marriage? How has it changed you as a person and how has it changed him as a person?
We didn’t start our relationship as boyfriends. We started out as friends and felt the dependence, trust and loyalty that comes with friendship. I think if you start as a boyfriend, the honeymoon period ends after a few days. For me, it has been believed that he will always hold my hand and will always be responsible as a person. My father was always like me and my mother. No matter how busy he is, I can never say that he was not a good father to me or a good husband to my mother. I think, unknowingly, these are the traits and traits that I was looking for in my husband. When I started working with Run, I usually talked to him about my job and other things because I didn’t want to put pressure on my parents. Now when I look back, I notice that I will go to him for advice and I am absolutely sure that whatever he recommends will be good for me. I remember in my early days in the industry – around the time of my fifth film, I texted Ron and said I thought I was doing it wrong. I always had a shelter existence and I started working while in college, so I didn’t really get a chance to make friends or get to know people. And Rane texted again: “I think you miss. Fit here.” I will always be grateful for it because it made me believe that I should be in this industry …
What a great.
Yes, because I did not understand the language of art then. And Dad didn’t discuss it much at home. However, Dad taught me to be responsible. When I signed my first film, he told me that it was not a game and that a lot of money was being invested in this film. Since then, I’ve carved it into my heart. To me work is worship. (Laughter) Also, I am lucky and blessed that God has surrounded me with so many beautiful people because I can’t tell you how impossible I was.
Give me an example. You seem to be such a sorted person.
(Laughter) Not as a person, but as an actor, God! I saw my running and shame because I was bad. I was horrified (Blushes). And I wasn’t as confident as people today are. Now, when I see people coming into the industry, they know how they are going to make their own makeup and style and they have come together very well. I had no idea about that. I just feel blessed that people have ignored my flaws and love me.
How much has your education helped you as an actor?
I remember being a painful aunt in class. I had a bachelor’s degree in psychology and I started shooting at that time. After all, I was also a class representative. Our professors were very serious about our education to make the college feel like a school. There was a huge amount of discipline. Psychology has helped me understand why some people are bitter. Generally speaking, if someone is bitter with you, you don’t try to understand where they are coming from. You’re feeling bad. However, I think I have maintained a place where people think they can talk to me about their lives. In college, I sometimes think, “She’s not my best friend, just a classmate but how is she sharing such personal things with me?” A lot of times, you rarely hear anyone tell you your troubles. And most of the time you don’t want advice but just need to pour out your worries. So, if someone gives their heart to you, you should only listen to that person. So yes, psychology has helped me a lot not only in my profession, but also in my life.