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Friday, October 06, 2006
Jai Santoshi Maa and her next film Gafla releases today. Meet Purva Parag, the new actress on the block.
First and foremost give us a background of yourself?
I am a trained actress from the National School of Drama and have also done a PG course in Kathak. I played the lead role in a film called 'Sonia Sonia'. It was a film based on Sonia Gandhi's life but it is stuck at the Censors. Then I was also the lead in another film Shaukat and I also am in a Marathi film called Mahalaxmi where I play Rambha. I was last seen in the recently released Jai Santoshi Maa where I was in the title song and also did the narration for the film.
Did you always want to enter films?
I always wanted to do something. I cannot keep myself unoccupied. So if I'm not doing films then I am dancing. I love to act as it really challenges you.
Tell us about your role in Gafla
As you might know, it is a film based on the stock market. As they say the biggest risk in life in not taking one. Many of us have heard about Harshad Mehta and the scam he was involved in but not many might understand it. This film tries to do just that and that is the basic theme. It gives us a general idea of the market and its pros and cons. This film is not just for brokers but for everyone who doesn't have an idea of how the stock market runs.
How was it like working with debutante director Sameer Hanchate?
It was a wonderful experience and I am not saying this because he is my director. Earlier I had done theatre with him. He didn't just cast actors because they had a pretty face but concentrated on what they would be able to deliver. He took my auditions for about 4 individual roles and also asked me to perform some of my theatre work. Sameer was intensely involved with the film and knew exactly what he wanted. The 3-4 of us actors used to ask him everything right from the stock market to out shots. He was very good to communicate to and as I said earlier it was a wonderful experience.
And your co-stars Vinod Sharawat and Shruti Ulfat?
I did not have many scenes with Shruti but I know she is a fine actress. Vinod is also good. We had a fun time on the sets. This was a tough subject but it came out so easily from us mainly because everyone was co-operating. I don't think the stock market is our subject at all but I think everyone did a good job.
What else are you doing?
There are 2-3 projects in the pipeline but I am waiting for this film to release before I take up anything else.