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By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Thursday, October 05, 2006
If you sense a certain glint in her voice, don't blame her. After all she has bagged a film with none other than Anupam Kher as a producer. And to think of it, this is just her second film. Excited as a child with a happy tone sprinkling loud and clear, she speaks about her upcoming project.
Bagging a film with Anupam Kher. How does it feel?
I am just not in a position to describe how I feel. And to say that I am at the top of the world would be an understatement (If she doesn't have her feet on the earth, she is not trying to hide it in any ways). To think of the fact that I am actually doing a film with Anupam Kher is something that is yet to sink it!
Ok, ok, that's really nice. So how did it all happen?
Well, Anupam Kher said that he saw me in some of the work I had done earlier. He had also gone through my show-reel and was particularly impressed by my look in Traffic Signal. He could sense that this was something different in the making. Soon he was in talks with Ashok Pandit, who is close to him, and Ashok further spoke to Madhur Bhandarkar about my work.
So what did Madhur have to say?
He has been quite pleased all this while with the kind of work I had put in the film. In fact recently he also gave me a compliment after seeing the rushes of the film that not only I had performed well, I was looking beautiful in the film too. Now that was some real good compliment since it was coming from Madhurji. Anyways, so what happened was that he gave some good feedback about my work to Ashok and there I was sitting right in front of Anupam Kher and signing my next film.
How was it meeting with the person who is now considered as a living legend by many in the industry?
Simply terrific. I have admired his work for all these years and when I look at him, I see someone who is so subtle, so normal, so simple! In fact not once did he make me feel that I was facing someone who is so BIG in the industry today. He made me feel at ease and showered compliments that were so flattering!
Performance based? How exactly?
Well, this is a film about this father who is searching for his lost son. While father is being played by Mr. Kher, the actor for a son still needs to be finalized. And I come into picture as a journalist who tries to help this man. Basically the film has Mr. Kher as a lead protagonist and me as a person who helps him in his endeavor. And yes, don't expect any hero-heroine etc. because that's not the film about!
Journalist sounds interesting. So how do the look and characterization go?
I have an Afghani look in the film and so you will find me with dupattas and those long coats that you may have seen Afghani women wearing. Yes, I don jeans etc. too but majority of the film will have me in Afghani woman getup. It's a challenge since it is yet another new look that I would be carrying after Garam Masala and Traffic Signal and I am looking forward to being noticed. The characters and the film are based in Kashmir but do not expect a stereotypical Kashmiri portrayal as we all are used to seeing in numerous flicks.
How does the rest of the crew look?
Well, while this film is Anupam Kher's home production, Ashok Pandit, who has earlier made Sheen and is himself quite a social activist, directs it. This is one film that I am indeed proud to be associated with.
What else is happening on the career front?
Promotion of Traffic Signal should begin soon and I can easily say that it is going to make people sit up and take notice of everyone who has been associated with the film. Apart from that, the music video of Shreya Ghoshal's private album on 'Kamasutra' that features me should also be on the small screen soon. So, yes you can say that audience would have a lot to see of me in coming few months at least!
Last but not the least, what did Anupam Kher himself had to say after choosing you?
When I said that I was looking forward to working with him, he answered saying that it was mutual and he shared the same thoughts. I am sure this film is going to be one milestone in my career since the script is drive so much by its characters and their performances.