Shamajita Chatterjee

Profession: Television Producer
Location: Kolkata, India
Age: 31 years
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As a child what did you want to grow up to be?

I had varied interests. I think i was quite mad as a child. Initially I wanted to be an Aeronautical Engineer and join Air Force, then I realized I couldn’t carry on with Science any more. Advertising was my next destination, then it became film making…in between I also thought of forming a Bangla band!!

What and where have you studied?

G.D. Birla Center for Education, then did my Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. Got admitted for P.G.Diploma in Mass Communication but never completed it.

What made you choose a profession in media?

I always used to think visually and always loved the madness of production, so it had to be media.

What is your work all about?

I currently work for Zee Bangla as a Group Head for Fiction shows. Hence I look after daily soaps, where I supervise shows in totality – from ideation and monitoring of story lines, broader as well as episodic ones, supervising the look and feel, approving cast for each character to aired, creating promotional software for the same as well. Basically running a household of its own!!

How to crack it in your industry?

It is best if you have a liking for entertaining and content for the masses, content which cuts across all SECs. Also understanding of mass psyche, socio-dynamics help which prompts you to create story lines according to your target group. Above all you need to be able to identify and create story lines or plots which would appeal to the viewers. Storytelling has to be your forte.

What advice do you have for women in your industry?

It is just like any other industry, except that long hours of shoot will never let you have a consistent routine.

If you were not been in your current industry what would you have been?

I’d probably be running run a small food joint or a boutique specializing in Batik. I’d learnt it in school, as a Fine Arts student.

What is the most profound advice you have heard and remembered?

At work: Your performance speaks for you and your fate changes every Thursday (day of TRP). Like Fridays for Box office people!

Do you live your life by principles? What principles are important to you?

Honesty is actually the best policy.

What advice do you have for young women and girls in general?

Be happy and enjoy life. You are the best!!

Your favorite memory from childhood.

Loads! School bus rides, tiffin breaks, Saraswati Pujo, then enactment of local functions during free periods.

What was the worst day you’ve ever had at work?

It has been quite a roller-coaster ride. Nothing in specific.

Are you married?

Married for over 8 years now.

How has marriage changed your life?

I have become so much more tolerant and patient! its actually surprising.

Has a married life had any impact on your career, if at all?

None at all.

“Priorities do change with a kid around.”

Do you have children?

I have a 4 year old son called Rebonto.

How have your children impacted your life and career, if at all?

It is yet another important landmark. Sea changes. It has taught me to be far more responsible and organized! Yes, I try to return home early, avail flexible timing. Priorities do change with a kid around.

Can women have it all?

It is very difficult. Very few get lucky, if at all.

What question(s) do you wish I had asked?

Your idea of a perfect holiday/vacation!!

What is your idea of a perfect vacation?

A small cottage by the rivulet. A tiny kitchenette in front. Goat curry, cooked Indian style, for lunch by the river banks. Oh, and loads of sleep!

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