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I would say I am completely comfortable with the character"s look, which is a Patyala with a short kurti with a dupatta. I think Sabyasachi has used some wonderful colors because in the first brief we were shooting in Benaras in the galis and next to the ghats so the characters should look very vibrant and colorful. Sabyasachi gets the right colors into the film because he understands the background and what the character should wear so that the character can stand out has been wonderful. I am happy with the colors and the clothes that are in the film. This entire look of Natasha with bright red lipstick was completely Sabyasachi"s idea. At first we were hesitant with this look but I think after we did the look it gelled well with the character. Now when I see the posters I thank Sabyasachi for his suggestion that we do something like that. Otherwise I wouldn"t have ever thought of doing a red lipstick look because I think its not done for ages now, its just come back with this film so I think that is one input from Sabyasachi which was very good for the film.
Which is your favorite outfit from the film which you would like to wear even off screen? I think Sabyasachi"s churidaar, which he has given me for the second Natasha look are lovely because they are like these 'strappy" kurtas with churidaars and the kurtas are long with simple dupattas, a single color tone. They look really nice and I would like to wear them personally.
Any memorable incident during the shoot of the film?
I have so many memories while shooting for Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. My first day of the shoot at Benaras I had got hurt on my nose because Konkana was supposed to play with this rattle and that wooden toy just flung on my nose. I got a cut which started bleeding, that was a very memorable moment for me because I was so nervous as it was the first day of the shoot where we had not shot any of my close ups and I feared that it would swell up and look bad and we might not be able to shoot. But luckily we had a first aid kit which came to my rescue and it was all sorted out. I also have memories of the Laaga Chunari Mein Daag song shoot and I am very close to Dada"s unit. I feel it"s like my family and that everyone is having so much fun on the sets that we don"t realize when we are shooting or when we are having fun. It is like one big Bengali unit, which just keeps eating and if we are not eating then we are shooting but its great fun. Dada, me, Konkana and Jayaji all speaking in Bengali so finally at one point we just mouthed our dialogues in Hindi otherwise we would turn out to be one regional Bengali film. Its great fun to have an entire unit, which is Bengali because I get the feeling of being home as at home everybody, chats in Bengali.
What was it like working with Pradeep Sarkar?
Pradeep Sarkar has an eye for detailing it is so exquisite that nothing can go unnoticed. He is so particular about the frame, about the way his actors are looking and that is wonderful. Many times, we actors concentrate only on our scene and we really do not realize how we are looking. Dada knows how to shoot which character in which way, he has no hang-ups about work. He comes across as a small child, if he wants something out of us he will go to an extent of even crying, so we treat him like the big teddy bear on our sets who we can sometimes bully and have fun with. However, at the end of if, Dada is wonderful to work with I love working with him and feel so good because he always makes me laugh, I am always at my jovial best. The whole unit was just so wonderful to work with that my entire experience with Laaga Chunari Mein daag has been fantastic. I started the film in November and finished in June and I really miss the unit now because Dada is the true captain of the ship.
What was it like working with Howard?
The choreographer is Howard. He is also an Associate director on the film and its wonderful working with Howard because he is like a friend who was trying to get all of us together. Howard is one person whom I can really bully and I really love doing that. The best part about him is that his choreography is so simple that even a person who does not know how to dance can dance with his steps and he makes the steps seem so easy and comfortable that it is amazing to work with a choreographer like him. If you are facing difficulty in doing a step you can just tell him and he will change it for you. It"s also wonderful working with him because he is also the associate director, so we have him rehearsing the lines, scenes for us. Its fun because at times me and Konkana would joke with him by getting him to act our scenes and we would die laughing seeing him act our scenes specially the scenes that was supposed to be acted by a female actor and Howard would actually try and do it like that and that use to be like really funny.