Some minor celebrities tend to court controversy wherever they go and whatever they do.Rahul Mahajan is controversy's favourite child.
Swastika Mukherjee, until recently, unknowninHindi cinema, has ensured she is a recognizable name inMumbai before her first Hindi film Dibakar Bannerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy hits the screen.
Lately, nabbed for shop-lifting in Singapore, Swastika has made news from the time she entered the Bengali film industry in Hemanter Pakhi. That's when she first met ParambrataChatterjee. During the shooting of Brake Fail, she fell in love with Parmbrata (Vidya Balan's silent admirer in Kahaani). In spite of the fact that she was married to singer Pramit Sen,Swastika painted Kolkata purple with Parambrata.
The tumultuous affair endedsuddenly when Swastika's husband filed acase againstParambrata for criminal adultery. Apparently, Parambrata called off the relationship through an email written to the actress.
Swastika has been closely linked with various other men including actor Jeet and her most recent relationship with Sumon Mukhopadhyay, which ended with the actress attempting suicide in May this year.
She was also seenin the notorious film Take One, where she played an actress who shoots to notoriety with a nude scene.According to one of Swastika's directors, Take One was the quintessential Swastika peep-show. "She loves to be in the limelight by hook or crook. Over the years, the unexpected has become the expected in her behavior. She is Bengali cinema's equivalent of Justin Bieber. She is in for the fame.And she doesn't mind crossing into the realm of notoriety to get attention." Apparently, Sushant Singh Rajput's advice from his girlfriend when he began shooting with Swastika for Dibakar Banerjee's film was, "Be very careful."
Yes, Swastika is the kind of woman who can't breathe without attention.
A Bengali co-star of hers thinks Swastika "planned and orchestrated" the shop-lifting scandal in Singapore to coincide with her debut in Bollywood.
Says the co-star, "She is very clear in her head that she wants to be the next Sharmila Tagore and Bipasha Basu combined. She realized Detective Byomkesh Bakshy was Sushant's film through and through. She wanted her own portion of attention.She got it when the swiped ear-rings made news all across India."
Now, we hear she was only indulging in a spot of method acting. She was practicing how to be a spy for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy by stealing jewellery in a Singapore shop.
Dismissing this claim as 'utter hogwash' a core member of the film's team says, "What is being suggested here? That she needs to steal to prove herself a spy? What would she do if she had to play arape victim?"
Is Swastika in the game of fame for just the heck of it? Or is she a woman who has been unlucky in love and lucky with the media attention?A senior Bengali actress who was herself quite notorious in her times quips, "Forget shop-lifting, Swastika would lift the entire shop to get attention."