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Koel Puri loves doing off beat movies

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Koel Puri has done strong roles in bollywood and earned herself the tag of an intelligent actress with a powerful performance in Hazaaron Khwaishe Aisi. Now, Koel Puri is all set to play a journalist in It's Breaking News. She says being the daughter of a journalist it was easy for her to get into the character. She will also be seen in Sanjay Gupta's Great Indian Butterfly and some international ventures like Amal and Empresses - Last Close. She talks about her role in It's Breaking News

Tell us about the movie and your role in it.
I play a journalist who is shifted from the entertainment beat to the crime beat. The movie follows the ups and downs she faces after this change in her professional life. My character creates all sorts of problems for herself but doesn't have a clue how to solve them.

How was the experience of playing a journalist?
It was very nice, especially since my first job in real life was as a journalist. So I was familiar with what goes into the profession and it didn't take me long to prepare for the role.

What preparation did you do?
I read a few books and watched television news channels to get my body language right. It was extremely helpful and I really enjoyed performing.

Even your father is a journalist. So how easy was it for you to perform?
Yes, it was extremely helpful that I come from the media background as I am used to it since childhood. It was very easy for me to get into the character too.

In real life too, journalists face situations when they are shifted from one beat to another. What's your take on it?
It is really sad, and yes, this does happen in reality. Sting operations are really beneficial if they are used to show the truth. But when they become mere tools to increase the channel's TRPs and viewership, it is extremely harmful. Media cannot pass a judgment on any subject. It can only bring the reality out in the open.

If you had been a journalist, how different would you be?
I would be extremely enthusiastic, full of energy and fair enough to share the truth with the world.

Tell us one swear word that you would have wanted your character to say in the film.
No, I never wanted to use any swear word in the film as I knew that my character created all the problems herself and eventually got entangled in them.

You are mostly seen in off-beat movies, what do you have to say about that?
Most of my films are off-beat, but I have also done many commercial movies. Yes, I love doing movies on off-beat themes as I like their scripts and the message that they give out.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I want to do a lot of films and in many languages, too. I am really fond of it.

Tell us about your upcoming movies.
Some of my forthcoming films are Sanjay Gupta's "Great Indian Butterfly", "Amal", a Toronto film, and "Empresses - Last Close", a British production.

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