a) What was the news that Nishikanto Ghosh gave Patol Babu ?
Answer- Beyond the wildest dreams of Patol Babu, he was acquainted with the news that he has been considered for the role playing in a film which is being shot now a says. Nisikanta Ghosh placed the name of Patol Babu when he was brought into notice about such a role by his brother in law Naresh Dutt.
b.) How did Patol Babu react and why?
Answer- An offer to play a role in a film was an incident which was unexpected to Patol Babu. Nostalgic he was when he was offered a work of his favorite part .Out of senses and enthusiastic he was for this unexpected turn in his life and in the sector that he had cherished in his heart for long. He forgot the provisions in the market and made some silly mistakes as his mind was preoccupied with the exhilarating thought of acting in a movie. It was a trifling but an honourable opportunity to authenticate the trust he was kept on.
c) Why had Patol Babu lost his first job in Calcutta?
Answer- Patol Babu had a swift go with Hudson and Kimberly company for long nine years, Being a favourite of the boss he never faced any hindrance. But his pleasure taking of the rose bed came to an end when due to the Second World War Company had to close Calcutta branch leaving him unemployed.
d) How does Patol Babu reconcile to the dialogue given to him?
Answer- Utterly disappointed Patol Babu thought of giving up the apparently trifling opportunity of role playing in the film. A sudden reminiscence of his mentor had set fire to his acting instinct enabling him to go through a meticulous understanding of the word ‘oh’ and bringing forth a stupendous act of perfection through precise declamations.
e) Who was Mr. Pakrashi? How do his words help Patol Babu in enacting his role?
Answer- Mr. Pakrashi according to Patol Babu was his mentor. A wonderful actor without a tract of vanity, Gogon Pakrashi was a saintly person and an actor in a million.
The very source of successful enactment has been defined in the words of Gogon Pakrahi recalled by Patol Babu .Churning the best from nothing with precision was the message of his mentor helped him to accomplish the challenge in flying colours. He took the very word ‘oh’ as a challenge dug the word to its root and delivered the class.
f) How do we know that Patol Patol Babu was a meticulous man?
Answer- Conscientious was Patol Babu regarding his trifling role.After getting proper inspiration through his insight Patol Babu drilled the word ‘oh’ from every way with inflection and declamation depending on the situational gravity so that a flawless role playing comes out. He counted the steps to collide perfectly. He suggested the director to hand him out a newspaper to make the act a realistic one. He planned to give a prior expression sixty percent irritation and forty percent surprise when he would collide.
g) Why Mr. Mullick turn down Patol Babu’s request for a rehearsal?
Answer- The denial for a rehearsal by Burren Mullick was not a flaw of professionalism rather it was the delicacy of a professional director as his drama shot for the very scene was on the sunlight. The approaching threatening of a patch of cloud instigated him to discard the idea of rehearsal by Patol Babu .
Answer- A denial of a rehearsal by the director Baren Mullick does not show a casual director but this is an embodiment of his delicate imagination of taking the scene under sunlight. There was a patch of cloud approaching and as he planned the scene to materialize under sunlight , so he denied a proposal of rehearsal by Patol Babu.
h) What were the special touches that Patol Babu gave to his role to make it more authentic?
Answer- Meticulous was the work of Patol Babu. With the help of various declamation and inflection he brought out the inner sense of the sound word ‘oh!’ and got the right sense according to his role playing situation. He adjusted himself with his physical reaction and concluded that in utterance should be sixty parts irritation and forty parts of surprise.
4. a) ‘I hope the part calls for some dialogue ‘—Who says this ? Why does he /she ask this question?
Answer- The quoted line is the utterance of Patol Babu. The protagonist overwhelmed at the proposal of acting first time in a fillm, took this at the supreme seriousness and desired for a proper preparation .For that he wanted his dialogues to prepare. So he enquired for the dialogues.
b) ‘Were these people pulling his legs? Was the whole thing a gigantic hoax? Meek, harmless men like him and they had to drag him into the middle of the city to make him a laughing stock out of him? How could anyone be so cruel?’---Why does Patol Babu have these thoughts?
Answer- At the discovery of the dialogue i.e. ‘oh’ a single word or rather a sound, Patol babu was utterly disappointed and insulted. He considered that he was made a laughing stock by all. Their words, promises are all nothing but a hoax as he was called upon with promise of acting in a role that has dialogues.
c) Patol Babu is an amateur actor for whom walk-on part in a movie turns into an ultimate challenge .Discuss.
Answer- Disappointed and insulted was Patol Babu when he got to know that he was given a role of a pedestrian with a single sound word dialogue ‘oh’. Taking up this as a challenge to do justice to his talent i. e. ability of acting, Patol Babu made every possible assay to get high acclaim. For that he went through a rigorous practice and ultimately was highly acclaimed.
d) Do you agree with the statement that Patol Babu is a practical man who comes to terms with whatever life has to offer? Give reasons for your answer.
Answer- Yes, Patol babu is a kind of person who takes life as a journey where one has to course the path defeating all restraints. One has to find way of living and end the life with a satisfaction of a war fought. We find Patol babu to pace his life with a lot of ups and downs and his sudden chance in acting also welcomed by him as a challenge.
e) Why does Patol Babu walk away before he can be paid for his role? What does this reveal about his character?
Answer- Patol babu’s reward for acting was achieved immediately after acting, as to Patol Babu’s satisfaction of successful acting is more than the monetary reward.
It reflects that Patol babu is a person with difference who does not run after money but gives priority to the mental satisfaction and peace.
f) Do you think making a movie is an easy job? Discuss with reference to the story.
Answer- Movie making deals with extreme hard work. Mammoth and delicate is the work. For a single shot as we find in the story, require the efforts of hundreds. More than the actors actresses and others play important role. The shot Patol babu was in required a lot of thoughts, calculation, preparation and mechanical readiness.
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