Nishita Goswami was born in a Brahmin family,
of Moloya Goswami and Pradip Goswami. Her father, Pradip Goswami retired as the Chief Engineer of Assam State Electricity Board. Her mother, Moloya Goswami was the first Assamese actress to win the National Film Award in the Best Actress’ category for her performance in the Assamese film Firingoti (1992). Having the atoms
of acting flowing in the DNA, Nishita also walked on her mother's footsteps and kick-started her acting career at the age of six, as a child artist in Sagar Sangam Sarkar's Rati Phula Phool (in 1988), followed by Mon (in 2000), which was directed by Bani Das. She has done several films including, Kadambari, Dinabandhu, Astaraag and Mon Jaai. Some of them have won the National Award for Best Regional Film category.
Gradually, she is also ushering into the film industry as a director. Her first directorial product was Search, a movie based on the gay rights, released in 2006. She is also a Sangeet Visharad in Classical music from Bhatkhande Music Institute. This multi-talented actress, doesn't believe in any shortcuts for instant glamour, money and fame, which dwell temporarily, making one fall prey of depression. She believes and so expresses that one should think about the family's values, prestige,
and self respect, before taking a shortcut.
Tell us about yourself.
I was born and brought up in Guwahati. I studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jagi Road, Assam, after which, I pursued graduation in Arts from Handique Girls college, Guwahati. I also completed my bachelor's and master's degrees in Education (B.Ed & M.Ed) from Guwahati University and a diploma course in Mass Communication from Regional Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication (RIJAM), Assam. In 2011, I got married.
You got into acting at the age of 6. Was it your dream to be an actress? To what extent your acting has led you to compromise with your studies?
Yes, that's true. Since childhood, it has been my dream to become an actress. Acting has been my passion. Having a keen acumen for it, I always took part in the plays, competitions, or any cultural activities that was held at my school. I never compromised with my studies as my mother would never support me in anything else other than my studies. So, I completed my studies, to create a balance and then started getting serious about my acting line. I have acted in over 20 Assamese films and in a Bengali film. The Bengali film was Coolie, directed by Swapan Saha with Mithun Chakraborty as the lead actor.
Was your family supportive of your decision to make a career in acting?
Yes, they have always been supportive of my decisions since the childhood, as long as I never sacrificed my studies for it. They have never refrained me from chasing my dreams, rather encouraged to do what I love.
Is there any upcoming film venture in your basket?
We have a home production house. Sayan Chakravarty,
my husband, is the pillar of the production house. He has a script that he worked on it for almost two and a half year to complete it. Soon, we will start our pre-production work.
It is expected to be completed and released after a year.
The theme moves around a relevant social issue, which has a strong message to the society.
Out of all roles that you have played, in Ramdhenu, Suren Suror Putek, and Monjaai, which one did you enjoy or connect with, the most and why?
It is very difficult for me to distinguish though. I would say, in my first movie, Mon the character ‘Radha’ was one of the memorable roles I have played. Radha is absolutely like me. She is completely like the way I act and be in real life.
I could easily connect myself with her. That is why this movie is close to my heart. I would like to thank Mr. Bani Das, the director of that film, for offering me such a wonderful role. However, one of the hallmark movies in my entire career is "Dinabandhu" till now.
You are also a Director and have done many documentary Films. Tell us about it.
My husband has actually helped me in making a foray into the director's work. He has helped me a lot in writing scripts and creating the entire production. My first project for direction was for a documentary movie based on the gay rights, Search (2006), followed by a feature theme based on the Manas National Park namely, Manas (2007).
Other movies are Saath Jon Saki Ek Joni Rakhoshi, a children's play on behalf of Arahan (Dr BhabendraNath Saikia Welfare Trust); Xantosixto Hristopusto Mohadusto, a talent show for children; and Temples and Monuments of Assam, for Assam Tourism Department.
At times, it becomes difficult to cope up or handle both the roles as an actress and a director. The pressure becomes higher as both the roles have a different approach and deliverables. As a director, one has to manage all the things related to making a film, holistically, starting from pre-production arrangements for recording (production) to producing the final product (post-production work).
How do you balance your work and private lives?
Frankly speaking, I have never faced any problems or difficulties in my marriage and I owe it, especially, to my in-laws, who are very supportive of me and my career. They are very flexible and understand the situations. Nothing has actually changed after marriage. I'm working with dedication even now as I was, before marriage.
My husband is like a friend to me and has been always there with me during my ups and downs.
Given a chance to work with Bollywood, who would you like to work with, and in what genre of movies?
I have never thought of entering into Bollywood. Right now, I just want to concentrate on my work and projects.
I don't want to leave my hometown. I love my place and
I would like to remain a part of the Assamese Film Industry forever. Still, if you ask me who I would like to work with, then it has to be Salman Khan. He is my favorite actor and
I am his big fan.
As far as the preferred genres are concerned, I would like to work in such movies which has an impact on the society or which can bring in a positive revolution in the society.
Of all the directors you have worked with, who is your favorite one or you would like to work with most?
It is quite difficult for me to name just one.
As all the Directors have given me the lead roles that are also crucial to the story. I am who I am today, because of my directors. I have worked with Munin Barua in three movies (including Dinabandhu);
with Dhiraj Kashyap in two movies and with many other directors like M. Maniram, Mustaq Ahmed, Chandra Mudoi and more. I enjoyed working with all my directors, especially, with Mr. Bani Das,
with whom I have worked in two movies (including Mon). He is a very down-to-earth person, who has a good knack of adapting to the situation. But I would cherish working with each director as it is always a learning-acting-yearning (for better) kind of work.
. Favourite Actor/ Actress: my favourite actress would be my mother ‘Moloya Goswami’ and favourite actor would be Salman Khan and Jatin Bora
. Favourite Food: Chinese and South Indian food
. Favourite holiday destination: Paris and Switzerland
. Motto of life: "To stay positive and be happy"
Message for the readers:
I wish them good luck in their endeavours. I want them to remember that we should learn to stay positive and not allow any negativity surround us.
Be hopeful and follow your dreams. One of the important things I want to tell the younger generation, "we have a lot of responsibilities towards our society. We should come together to rinse all the dirt or immoral acts from our society and make our society a better place to live in.
Your life and achievements pose an example for many. Please share a few words for the women.
Speak out, be bold and brave. Just step out of your home and do what you love and whatever captures your heart. Never give up on your dreams. Also, women should learn to speak out for themselves, else people will take their advantage.
If somebody is trying to harm you, you have to learn to speak out without caring about what the society will think about you. Stand for yourself, when it is the right thing for you.
When I used to be a young girl I used to come across mixed reviews or news pieces about me including the negative ones, I used to take a lot of stress then, but now I have learned my lessons; hence, work accordingly. With time,
you become more mature and gain experience in tackling such problems. The only mantra to deal with such situations is to ignore the negativity around you and shut people from your life who are harming your growth and development.
What I feel is that there is no difference in being a girl or boy. Everything that a boy can do,
a girl can also do the same. Women of this era have gone miles to chase their dream and have achieved several milestones. The only diet of their success is to not have self-faith deficiency.
Believe in yourself to brave the odds & add feathers to your hat.