Saturday, May 26, 2007
After the success of Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, Minissha Lamba heads straight into her latest flick Anamika which is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's classic English novel Rebecca.
Q: How much do you relate to you character Jia Rao?
A: Without losing audience empathy, it was a fine line and also this film is adapted from a literally classic. We are doing an adaptation of a book. It is a classic that we are adapting to modern day sensibilities, to a modern day film so that it holds ground even today. We will not be wondering as to what we are watching; that this is something that should have been made years ago. It is a modern day adaptation of a classic English novel Rebecca.
Q: How was the experience working with Ananth Mahadevan?
A: It was extremely good and I'll tell you primarily why. He was a fab director because he is an expert in telling emotional stories with limited characters. He is a director who is capable of getting into the core of the matter for any kind of subject. He is knowledgeable and he knows everything about films. We shot in one of the most beautiful places possible that was Bikaner and Gajner palace. I really do not know why people go abroad. We have so much beauty in our country, we have so many fabulous places that we can go to. We shot in Gajner palace and this is the only place that I would like to go back to with that special someone in my life. It is a place that just won me over. We shot two schedules and packed from there. I'm just coaxing Ananth that we have another song to shoot and we do that at Gajner. The place is magical especially when you come from a city which is so fast and you go to a peaceful place like this. it has such a sense of tranquility to it. It's like coming back home.
Q: Tell us about the character.
A: This girl is someone who lives in the city and when she meets Dino Morea's character, it is a beautiful romance. She is then transported to Gajner where they live. It seems like a fairly tale, a perfect marriage until it goes back to where she is living. There she realizes that there are many secrets, lies and undercurrents of things that are not right in that place. It becomes life threatening for her. Dino' character is some one who has a lot of tradition behind him. His name carries a lot of heritage. Yet he is a modern day man who is caught between carrying on his heritage vis-À-vis to one who wants to break into the 20th century. When he brings her back out there, he brings her back to an environment which bleaks with an air of emotional decay.
Q: So you will be seen as Mrs. De Winter?
A: Yes I am playing the second wife of Dino, the second Mrs. De Winter, a famous character.
Q: Why do you think people should go and watch the movie?
A: I think it is a film that deals with relationships. Ultimately we are in the job of entertaining and so here we tell you a story about two people who are torn apart by secrets, deception and lies. Ultimately you come in there to watch a story to be transported to another land; to a world of make believe and fantasy. We are here to cater to the fantasies of the people.
Q: What led you to films?
A: It was a total fluke. I don't know, it just happened, it wasn't planned. I was modeling and did an advertisement for a maker who said that he wanted me to do this film. I thought and thought and they were after me for about four months. I had a discussion with my family and they said that if it has to be this way, then I had to decide right now. So I took the plunge and still two years down the line I'm still plunging. I have no regrets; I'm happy doing what I do.
Minisha's journey in films so far...read on...