By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Monday, August 14, 2006
Jiah Khan, who stars in Ram Gopal Varma's Nishabd, is a
self-admitted "rebel without a cause". So much so, that when unit
members would tease her, she would go after them with a knife!
"Please don't think I'm crazy or anything like that," laughs the
18-year old. "It's just that whenever the unit people irritated me
after pack up, I would get really mad." And whom did this include?
"Everyone, except for Mr Bachchan and Ramu."
As for the reason that got her so mad, she says, "Everybody
would tease me saying that I was exactly like my character in
Nishabd, i.e. rebellious and doing whatever I want. They
would tease me in front of Mr Bachchan, knowing that I couldn't do
anything in front of him. So after pack up, I would go to the
kitchen, take a knife and go chasing after them. Eventually, they
In Nishabd, Jiah plays a modern day Lolita.
"Nishabd is loosely based on Lolita. The sexual
implications are a lot more in Lolita than in Nishabd. My
film is only about a girl falling in love with an older man," she
There's a lot of speculation that she and her mentor Ramu are
having an affair. "I have been Ramu's biggest fan since I saw
Rangeela. So it was a dream come true for me when he offered me a
role in Nishabd. I look up to him. Having said that, I don't play
my character off screen too. Ramu is not my mentor. A mentor is
someone you want to emulate. I don't want to be Ramu, but I respect
him for what he has given to me."
As for her experience of working with Amitabh Bachchan, she
says, "He is such a big star, yet he has so much patience with a
newcomer. Initially, there were moments of awkwardness and
embarrassment while doing some emotionally intense scenes, but he
slips so effortlessly into his character that I soon forgot about
Amitabh Bachchan, the megastar. It made things so much easier for