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She’s no pretty little girl… she is a pretty, tall girl, with a good head on her shoulders. Someone who knows what she wants and gets it! “For those who know me well, they would probably tell you I have an argumentative nature. If I believe in something, I will try my level best to convince the other person, till the person is convinced,” she grinned sheepishly. She may not have been from the industry, but she sure knows how to charm and grin infectiously. For one so young, trying to get a footing in the industry might not have been an easy matter…
Having learnt on the job, what do you think differentiates the Bollywood actress from other actresses in the world?
It is a fact that a Bollywood actress cannot only be a good actor. She has to be the whole package - she has to look a certain way, dance well and the works. Today if an actor is not as good a dancer, or doesn’t look good, they might not get written off but their opportunities get restricted. When I came into this industry, launched opposite a star kid, it was important for me to show my talent in every field, I could. I needed to prove how comfortable I was with the camera. I have worked in everything from a salwar kameez to a lehenga, to crop tops, minis, jeans… Our director would jokingly say, ‘I want the people to know that humari heroine har kapdon mein achchi dikhti hai’!
It is true that how an actress is projected, what she is doing, is of utmost importance for an Indian actress, because there are pockets in India that even today would not be comfortable seeing their heroine smoke onscreen.
I have done only two films down South, and for one my character was that of a tom boy. She was someone who would be bunking college and sneaking off, she was someone who would also smoke a cigarette, since her character was such. I thought it was completely acceptable for her to be smoking. Personally though, I am very anti-smoking, and even for the scene I was only mouth-fagging, but I have so many people come up to me and say, ‘We didn’t like the fact that you had to smoke in that scene’. It was something they didn’t approve of - I believe that does have to change.
…There has been a change already, hasn’t it?
Of course, look at a film like Mary Kom! She was facing all the brickbats of society but, at the end of the day, she stood by what she believed and then people did accept her. I think gradually cinema is coming closer to reality. I really liked Queen and Piku, the way the family reacted to a broken marriage in the former and in the latter, how they kept being concerned about Piku; these are endearing things that families are really made of…
But do you realise the ablaa-naari is no longer existent?
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