Friday, September 08, 2006
Jiah Khan, the actor who plays the lead role in Ram Gopal Varma's Nishabd is excited. And why not, she debuts opposite none other than Amitabh Bachchan.
How did you bag the role for Nishabd?
It is plain destiny. I went to meet RGV and he offered me Nishabd.
So what is Nishabd all about?
Nishabd is a very intense love story. It is not very much like 'Lolita' because I have read the novel. But it obviously has the essence of an older man and a younger woman. It's like an emotional journey. It is a pretty unconventional sort of story.
Tell us about your character.
My character is very much like me in the sense she is very free. She believes in freedom of speech. She dresses in quite a rebellious way. She brings up a smile everywhere.
So is Nishabd a musical?
No. There are no songs at all.
How was it working with Amitabh Bachchan?
It was and will be the most amazing experience in my life and if he was not in the film, my performance would have been half of what it is. He being such a superb actor, I feel he has given so much. I feel like giving it back to him in some way but I don't think I will be able to.
What were you being in love with Amitabh Bachchan all about?
I feel he is the biggest superstar of this country because everyone is in love with him me being in love with him is no different than his fans being in love with him.
There was news that you wanted to marry him.
Really? Wow. He is already married. I would never take away somebody else's man.
Tell us about the remaining star cast and how was it working with them?
There is Revathy who is a superb actress. She has performed amazingly. Then there is Shradha who is playing my friend. And we have Aftab in a very cute role. That's about it. It is a very small star cast.
The movie was shot in a record period of time. How did you manage things so fast?
We shot the movie in 20 days. It was such a chilled out shoot. We would start at nine and wind up by six in the evening. Everything went so smoothly. That is the reason. RGV had the story in his mind so clear that it became very simple for us to shoot it.
Do you consider yourself lucky being launched by RGV?
Yes of course. I am lucky not only to be launched by RGV but also being a part of such a beautiful film.
How was it working with Ram Gopal Varma?
You know I always thought a director is kind of a guy who will stress me out because he is going to keep shouting at me. But RGV is very chilled out. He is a little boy in nature.
Are you playing Basanti in the remake of Sholay?
No. I have no idea on that.
Your future projects?
Right now I haven't finished with Nishabd so I haven't taken up anything.
Does having a parent from a film background help?
Well not really. My mother was not in films for very long. You really have to be good at the job you are doing and work will come by.
What type of films do you want to do? Whom do you want to work with?
I admire Mani Ratnam's work. I saw Dil Se when I was nine and I loved him since then. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is amazing and of course I want to do a complete Indian role.
Rapid fire round
Are you a brand freak or you pick up clothes at random?
Where do you shop from?
Your style mantra?
Old men or young men for you?
Ram Gopal Varma or Yash Chopra