Saturday, May 05, 2007
Continuing their trend of introducing new talents, the next one on the Bhatt's list is Mrinalini Sharma who marks her debut with Mohit Suri's Awarapan. However the actress has already starred in Prakash Jha's Apaharan. "Yes, that' true", confirms Mrinalini "But that was just a cameo in an item song. I agreed to do that because I wanted to work with Prakash Jha. He is such an esteemed director. Sadly, though as per the placement of the film the entire cameo and half the song had to be cut out because the pre climax situation killed the base of the film. So for me Awarapan is my launch film."
So how does it feel making a start with the Bhatts? "Oh, I feel extremely lucky. They are fabulous people to work with. It's such a big banner who gives great opportunities to newcomers. I don't know if any other banner has that courage to take newcomers and make them stars. For them, script is always bigger than actors and that is what I like about them. Vishesh Films doesn't fear taking newcomers in fact they show lot of confidence in them. I really don't know many people in this industry who have power to do that. I think I am really lucky that I am working with an excellent production house on a brilliant script."
And what's so brilliant about the script? "Basically it's based on the theme of freedom. I play a Pakistani girl called Reema. She gets trapped into human trafficking trade, which is very prevalent currently in the Southeast Asian market. Her journey thereafter and how Emraan eventually helps her to attain her ultimate mission of freedom in life is shown in the film."
So with Emraan at the helm of affairs, the next question becomes quite obvious. And Mrinalini is smart enough to get the hint. "No, the script doesn't demand any kissing scene. Emraan's love interest in the film is played by Shreya Sharan but even between the two it is a very clean love story. Basically, his character and mine don't have a romantic angle. He becomes my friend and eventually takes me to my destination which also becomes his final destination."
So what next after Awarapan? "Well, there's Showbiz directed by popular choreographer Raju Khan." That's going pretty fast in Bollywood. "That's true. In fact Showbiz went on floors even before Awarapan, though the latter will release first". But isn't Showbiz, again, produced by Bhatts? "Well, I have signed a three film contract with Bhatts", explains the actress. "I have done two films with them and there is one pending. They haven't started the third film as yet. They are perpetually working on the script and I am sure it won't be too long before we start".
So what's she doing in Showbiz? "I play the role of Shikha Verma. She is the chief head of a channel. It deals with the media at large. It talks about the good side and the bad side of glamour world. It says people from the entertainment industry also have right to privacy. They are just like any normal person."
Showbiz has another newcomer who is paired opposite Mrinalini. "His name is Tushar and he's an excellent costar. He will have a brilliant future in the industry. He is very good looking and extremely talented. He is also very well versed with the technique of filmmaking because he has assisted in Vishesh Films for five years prior to this film".
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