Posts tagged comedy
By Subhash K. Jha, October 4, 2010 – 10:53 IST
Personal setbacks and crises often mean losses worth crores for film producers especially if the film is shot abroad. But in the case of Anees Bazmee’s Thank You, where a long schedule in Toronto had to end suddenly because of Bobby Deol’s father-in-law illness and death, the loss runs into not just the production on-hand (Thank You) but also Boney Kapoor’s sequel to No Entry entitled Be Positive.
While Boney has declared his next production would be the sequel to No Entry, Anees shocks by declaring that the script is not even close to being ready.
Says Anees, “While I’ve an idea for the Hera Pheri sequel which I am working on for producer Feroz Nadiadwala I’ve absolutely no idea which way the sequel to No Entry would go. The comedy is the hardest genre to write. And I can’t plunge into a funny film until I’ve the script ready. I’ve just had no time to think about an idea for No Entry Part 2.”
With the Thank You schedule going haywire after Bobby’s abrupt departure from Toronto, Anees is now organizing a schedule in Mumbai to synchronize with the unfinished schedule in Toronto.
Says Anees, “When Bobby had to leave from Toronto we still had one big song and some scenes to be shot. We’ve started the shoot in Mumbai from September 13. The song will come later .”
It was meant to be a big chorus song featuring Irrfan Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Rimi Sen, Sunil Shetty and Bobby. Organizing the dates of all these actors was problematic.
Sighs Anees, “This is the first time I’m doing two films together. Setbacks are bound to happen. We’ve to take it in our stride.”
One hopes Boney Kapoor too will Be Positive about Bobby Deol’s disrupted schedule.
BOMBAY TIMES (October 3, 2010)
They are back with a bang. After a host of successful ventures including Murder, Gangstar, Jannat and Raaz — The Mystery Continues, Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films, a banner known for its out-of-the-ordinary films and chartbuster music, are all ready with their brand new entertainer, Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad. This movie deals with the sensitive issue of racial discrimination faced by Indians abroad, throwing light on the recent attacks faced by Indians in Australia. “Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad’ both, entertains and enlightens the viewer. It takes an unflinching look at the burning issue of racism which has devastated the life of thousands of young Indians, who go to Australia in search of a better life putting both, their money and lives at stake. The film also locks horns with our own inner demons,” Mahesh Bhatt explains.
The film stars Emraan Hashmi and new girl, Neha Sharma in the lead roles. Also, playing an integral role is Fashion boy Arjan Bajwa. Directed by Mohit Suri, this film has all the necessary elements — romance, comedy, action, thrill and of course, an issue — to make it a masses’ film. The music has been scored by Pritam.
Talking about the film Mukesh Bhatt says, “Seldom in life do you have the good fortune to hold your head high with pride after watching the first cut of your own movie. Crook — It’s Good To Be Bad is one such film from our production house. The film manages to do what most films aspire to but seldom succeed. Mohit has shown the complex truth of racism in Australia in a very entertaining way.”
John Travolta talks to BT about dancing and Bollywood
Mark Manuel | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 28, 2010)
John Travolta was giving media interviews. First television. Then print. I stood and watched from the sidelines, waiting my turn. The interviewer was discussing Travolta’s dancing skills and asking the iconic Hollywood actor to get up and demonstrate his signature moves for the camera. Govinda might have jumped up and obliged. Travolta was having none of it. His bodyguards, who walked him into the interview room dressed in a smart tux like he was the President of the US of A — tall fair and handsome, stood around and tittered. I thought, if you have seen Travolta dancing in Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Urban Cowboy, Pulp Fiction… then you have seen the best of him. When my turn came, I asked, instead, why wasn’t he making dancing films anymore; and what did he think he was best at, dancing, singing or acting?
Travolta hummed and hawed, gave his famous toothy grin, the blue-grey eyes twinkling, then said, “I would love to do a dancing film. And why not? Fred Astaire, whom I greatly admired, was dancing into his 80s. I’m 56, but I’ve kept it up, dancing doesn’t leave you. I dance at home for my own pleasure.” Which may be true. However, Hollywood had discovered the actor in Travolta since his SNF and Grease days. And it is now engaging this actor’s services in roles that have him playing dark characters like mobsters and small-time criminals, or comedians, both of which he does damned well. There’s no more dancing for Travolta. So, what role did he enjoy playing best? “It depends on the quality of the script,” he replied. “I enjoy both, dramatic roles and comedy, and I’m good at both. Though, I must mention, I got two Oscar nominations (SNF and Pulp Fiction) for dramatic roles. And my Golden Globe, again, was for a dramatic role in Get Shorty (in which Travolta plays a loan shark).”
I asked him about Bollywood, naturally. Not whether he would do a film for us (because he’s not been offered any roles), but had he heard of our film industry before coming here? Seen any Hindi films? “Of course,” Travolta said, “It’s exciting to know that Bollywood is so successful that it doesn’t need Hollywood… it’s Hollywood that requires Bollywood! I know of some of your artistes. Aamir Khan (to whom he presented the Cinematic Icon Award on Sunday night at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards)… I saw his film Lagaan because it was nominated for an Oscar and I’m one of the 135 jury members. I also voted for Slumdog Millionnaire. And when younger, I saw some other Bollywood films… but cannot remember the names right now. What I like about your industry is that the films are all family oriented. I appreciate that. Maybe I’m old fashioned. But that is what makes your cinema so successful.”
He had come in the night before, dressed in jeans, jacket and baseball cap, flying in his own private Boeing, himself in the cockpit commandeering the huge jet over the slums of Kalina to land at Sahar. What was the experience like, I asked. “Most airports are the same, especially when you’re landing at night, and you’ll have the arc approach in Mumbai which I was prepared for… but I didn’t have to use it. What surprised me was the activity at the airport at midnight! It was unbelievable. I also liked the warmth of the welcome. I’ve not been to India before, but yet, I was greeted like an old friend!” Travolta’s dancing feet were twitching and the bodyguards were flexing themselves. Clearly it was time for him to go. There was time for one last question. He had danced with some of the world’s most gorgeous women, including Princess Diana in the White House to Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl, so who had been his best dancing partner of all? And Travolta replied, tongue firmly in cheek, “Christopher Walken in Hairspray… why, because he’s a professional dancer!”
(Contributed by Meena Iyer and Prithwish Ganguly)
Peepli (Live) director Anusha Rizvi is unlikely to participate in the excitement regarding the film’s Oscar nomination. She explains why
In a day and age when a person even remotely associated with a hit film shouts from the rooftops about it, Anusha Rizvi seems remarkably unaffected and detached. The journalist-turned-director might have given a huge hit with her debut film, but would rather tour with her theatre group than be part of a marketing jamboree.
How did you get to know about the Oscar nomination for Peepli (Live)?
From the media! I heard it on NDTV. It was of course very exciting. Maybe we should’ve been informed by the government agency that decides which film goes to the Oscars.
Didn’t your producer Aamir Khan inform you?
He didn’t know! He is in London for the release of our film.
Why aren’t you in London for the release of Peepli (Live)?
Because I have not been asked to be in London. It is my film. But I live in Delhi. And I have no connection with the decisions that are taken in Mumbai.
Why have you cut yourself away from your film?
That’s partly because of the person that I am. I can’t change that. And I’m happy being that way. My work finished when I made the film that I had to make.
Of course publicity and marketing are important. And a lot more people went to see Peepli (Live) because of the way it was promoted. But what is more important to me is that a film should be seen for what it is. I think it is important for the audience to discover a film on their own.
A film should not be pushed down people’s throats. It’s important for it to create its own credibility.
Changes were made in the Peepli narrative for the London market. Are you aware of this?
Yes. Only two scenes were tampered with: one featuring a reference to Saif Ali Khan and the other to TRPs.
These were scenes that were never part of the original screenplay. Like many other scenes they were added later to increase the running time of the film for the Indian market.
Initially the interval was coming after 40 minutes of playing time.
I don’t think Peepli (Live) needed an interval. I don’t think so either. But it’s an intrinsic part of marketing our film. And I’ve no quibble with it. However I wish the film had not been pushed as a comedy, although I know that so many people would not have seen it otherwise. Let’s be honest. Peepli (Live) was not easy to market.
The film has made huge profits.
Would you be expecting a larger budget for your next film?
The content of the film and not the success or failure of the earlier film should decide the budget.
The DVD of Peepli (Live) is out soon. Are you participating in its editing?
I’ve got nothing to do with the DVD. I’m back in Delhi. I’m simply cut off from Mumbai and the film now. My husband Mahmood Farooqui and I are back to travelling with our small theatre group.
Hasn’t Peepli (Live) changed your life in any way?
Yes, to some extent. It’s become difficult to travel by train. I really miss that.
Your husband co-directed Peepli (Live). Not too many people know that.
It’s in the credits of the film. And of course he’s the co-director. He has also done all the casting. In the credits after my names comes a long list of producers. Then his name. That’s why his name is missed.
Why is his name not in the credits jointly with yours?
These are things that we had no knowledge or control over. Our main concern was to make the film we had.
What has the experience of directing Peepli (Live) taught you?
It has taught me to deal with a large number of people. It has been a huge learning curve for me. I know how to cope better with the production part of a film the next time.
You’re the first debutant director from India after Satyajit Ray to be going to the Oscars.
Yes the comparisons between my film and Pather Panchali keep surfacing. But there can be no comparison between the two. And I’m not being modest.
Are you and your husband going to Los Angeles for the Oscars?
It’s really exciting to see the film go to the Oscars. But it’s far more exciting to know that people in Patna, Gorakhpur and Barabankhi are watching and discussing it. Like I said Peepli (Live) was a film that we had to make. That it’s touched people is a very happy situation for us.
Final question. Would Aamir Khan be producing your next film?
No, he won’t.
India’s first TV serial is made into a movie
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 25, 2010)
While making movies based on popular TV shows has been a much-accepted trend in Hollywood (The Simpsons, Sex and the City, etc), Bollywood is now warming up to the concept. And the cult comedy show Khichdi is the first Indian serial that has been made into a movie. The show that was produced by Hats Off Productions was aired in 2002. It went on to win many awards and the serial was sorely missed when it was wrapped up. Says producer Jamnadas (JD) Majethia, “People were demanding that we bring back the serial, but we wanted to do something different.”
In a research conducted in July, the characters of Hansa, Praful, Babuji, Himanshu and Jayshree from Khichdi were rated high on recall and likeability value. “Our film promises to take this madness 10 notches higher,” says writer-director Aatish Kapadia. Those who are new to the comedy need not worry. “It is not necessary to have seen the serial to enjoy the film, as the humour will entertain people of all ages. There are very few good clean comedy films that can one watch with the entire family… that’s the promise of Khichdi – The Movie!,” says Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios. As part of an unique promotion they have started showing the film to family audiences to build momentum. “These screenings have been received extremely well,” says JD. The film releases on October 1, and promises to begin the festive season on a positive note.
By Joginder Tuteja, September 14, 2010 – 12:53 IST
Priyanka Chopra has done around 30 films in her seven year long career so far. In this stint of hers, she has come up with several successful films. These could have belonged to drama or comedy genre with a couple of them even bringing the sensual side of her. However, an unspoken fact about her filmography is that she has never worked in a quintessential romantic musical ever where she would have played her age.
Says an industry observer, “It is tough to believe but if one actually goes through the list of films that she has done, it is actually a fact. Yes, she has worked in hit films but they have mostly been dramas (Fashion, Kaminey, Andaaz, Waqt, Aitraaz). A few of them have been rom-coms (Mujhse Shaadi Karogi) or action (Don, Krrish) but a young love story has always eluded her. Anjaana Anjaani is the first time ever when she is getting into a lovey-dovey mode.
Apparently, Priyanka too is aware about this fact and doesn’t have any qualms admitting that. Says director Siddharth Anand who managed to introduce a new zone to Priyanka, “She actually knows that she has never done a love story over all these years. I guess for both of us it has turned out to be pretty good situation as now we can promise a different facet of her acting capabilities and personality to the audience.”
In fact so attached was Priyanka to the film that she involved herself into the making of the film in a big way. Says a highly placed unit member who saw Priyanka’s progress right through the making of Anjaana Anjaani, “Actors do come up with suggestions and carry a certain point of view, especially so when they are successful and have made a place for themselves in the industry. In fact it is appreciated as well because they have gathered good knowledge about the medium of cinema and hence their inputs are most welcome. However, the vigour with which Priyanka was making contributions to Anjaana Anjaani was amazing. It was clear that she wanted to participate in the capacity of much more than just an actor.”
Siddharth’s acknowledgment for his leading lady’s efforts are understandable. After all when he announced the ‘jodi’ of Priyanka and Ranbir, there were murmurs around the untried pairing. However, he trusted his vision, went on to shoot Anjaana Anjaani and wrapped it up in quick time post which he designed a few striking promos that caught everyone’s attention.
“It was a mini battle that I was fighting and though in my mind I knew that I had won it, I wanted audience to announce their verdict. For that, it was very important that the theatrical and song promos worked”, reflects Siddharth, “Fortunately for me, the response was stupendous all over which made me finally believe that I had won the battle. Now it’s time to win the war with film closing in for release.”
Though producer Sajid Nadiadwala wasn’t present on the sets during day to day filming of Anjaana Anjaani, he is well aware about Priyanka going an extra mile to make her first ever love story materialise into a quality product in a big way.
“Yes, Siddharth has told me about the ways Priyanka was passionate about her role and the film”, says Sajid, “I had a sense though that she was made for the big league when she worked for my Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. It was just her sixth film but she wasn’t nervous at all despite a set up that comprised of Salman (Khan), Akshay (Kumar) and David (Dhawan). Today she has reached an enviable position and is an original rock star that we have. It was just right for her to be seen in a romantic musical after all.”
Dharmendra talks about battling booze, making movies and getting fitter
• In your forthcoming film Yat Yamala Pagla Deewana you are working with your sons Sunny and Bobby for the second time after Apne. How is working with family?
With family, there are no ego clashes, no negativity. It always gives you an extra boost, which shows in the final output. After Apne, we were flooded with offers from filmmakers who wanted to cast the three of us. But we were waiting for a good script.
Yamala Pagla Deewana is a comedy, but the backbone is the emotion. Sunny and Bobby play my sons. I play a thug who has separated from my wife (played by Nafisa Joseph) and take Bobby with me. Let’s keep the rest of the story under wraps (smiles).
• You are working with your daughter Esha too in Tell Me O Khuda…
With daughters, you see, I am still a man from the village. Let’s not go there. All said and done, we live for the happiness of our children, don’t we? I felt very tense when I saw her doing so many action scenes. She was hanging from the wing of a plane. I was waiting in my vanity van and I called her. Her phone was off. I called up the director. She was hauled up and assured me that she was fine. When I wasn’t convinced, she said that she has my Jat blood and I should stop worrying about her.
• Does Hema Malini worry about her?
You rarely get such a brave and strong mother like her.
• And how is she as a director? Now that Mayur Puri, the director of Tell Me O Khuda, is out she is directing you…
On the sets, I only think of her as a director. The same applies to all my directors, even if they are my friends. Hema is a capable director. She knows what she is doing.
• Does your family come to you when they have issues?
(Smiles) No. They don’t want to give me any pain, I guess.
• Recently, you told Ramesh Sippy on national television that he should make a sequel of Sholay with Bobby and Abhishek in lead roles…
I was toying with the idea of a sequel. But it will never happen. It’s too late, 35 years have elapsed.
• But what do you envisage in the sequel?
I was thinking that Amitabh should be a soul who is still attached to Jaya. I return to the house where Jaya lives, but she informs me that the village now has more brutal dacoits than Gabbar Singh. I recruit Bobby and Abhishek to wipe them out. And then Jaya tells Amitabh’s soul that Bobby is his new Veeru, but he too is a boozard (laughs). Actually, I am writing a film script.
• Film script?
Yes, with Bobby in the lead. The film will be called Portable Lover. The protagonist is an emotional person who gets into various relationships. Many girls come into his life and go away. I will also play a role.
• You’ve completed 50 years in Bollywood. What are the high points of your career?
In terms of movies, I would say the highs have been Phool Aur Pathar, Sholay, Chupke Chupke, Anupama and Bandini. In terms of adulation, I think I am blessed. I am born to love and to get love. I want to trace even one person who doesn’t like me. I had wanted to attain heights and never retire. But frankly, I hadn’t expected that I’ll last 50 years in Bollywood.
• What is your day like?
On most days, I get up by 6 am. I get on the exercycle machine for an hour. I gradually raise my heart rate to 100 per minute. Then I feel on top of the world.
• Have you stopped drinking?
Yes. That’s why I am kicking again. I mistreated alcohol. Sharab mujhse gussa ho gayi, usne mujhse kaha ki tumhe mujhe peena nahin aaya. Chahte toh, zindagi bhar pee sakte.
• When did you realise that you should stop drinking?
The realization dawned often. But I’d go back to drinking again. Lekin ab, bilkul nahin, bahut ho gaya. It’s been six months now. I am enjoying working out. I am enjoying my food; I eat cereals in cold milk in the morning, just one chapati and bhaji for lunch and a soup in the evening. No food after 7 pm. I am enjoying my newfound fitness.
• There were reports that you had a heart scare…
No. I was just hurt and was admitted for a check-up.
• Is Sunny Sound Studios being redeveloped?
Yeah. The plan is to make a building there.
• Do you watch films in a theatre?
No. That excitement is gone, woh zamaana kuch aur tha, first day first show, ghanti bajti thi, news reel, those samosas in the interval. If a child cried, the audience would get irritated. Today, it seems people come to theatres to recline in comfortable seats, have popcorn and drink colas.
• What do you think of today’s films?
I think films are still good. Only they have become shorter. They don’t take time to explain the characters and the situations. But then, the world is in a hurry, isn’t it?
• What else is happening in your life?
I am writing my autobiography. I also want to put my life on celluloid by making a short film.
By Taran Adarsh, August 27, 2010 – 12:59 IST
Comedy is serious business and I genuinely believe that making people laugh is an arduous task. The best of film-makers, with years/decades of experience behind them, have tried attempting laughathons time and again. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don’t. HELLO DARLING also tries to tickle your funny bone, but in vain.
Frankly, the story of a sex pervert and three alluring ladies could’ve resulted in one naughty film. HELLO DARLING uses every trick in the book [skin show, generous dose of double entendres et al] to make you laugh, but barring a scene or two, the effort falls flat on its face.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Final word? This film is a joke in the name of comedy!
HELLO DARLING tells the story of three working girls – Candy [Celina Jaitly], Mansi [Gul Panag] and Satvati [Eesha Koppikhar] – who bond together in a posh office of Mumbai, though each of them belongs to a different stratum of society. The biggest issue they face is in their work place. It is headed by their smart boss Hardik [Jaaved Jaffrey], a chronic playboy. He is smart. They have to be smarter. Who wins this battle of the sexes?
An interesting story idea may not translate into an interesting/entertaining film. On paper, perhaps, the concept of HELLO DARLING may sound hilarious, but what unfolds is childish and bizarre. Forget smiling, you wear a constant smirk on your face at most times. In fact, even if the plotline was weak, but had the writers [Pankaj Trivedi and Sachin Shah] and director [Manoj Tiwari] packed the film with gags and punches, the film would’ve kept your attention alive. But what comes across is an excuse in the name of comedy.
A few funny moments, like the ‘kidnapping’ of a dead body from the hospital and a Godmother [Seema Biswas] who brings errant and wayward husbands back on track, are amusing. But the negatives outweigh the positives in this case. In fact, the goings-on get unbearable towards the post-interval portions, when a robber [Vrajesh Hirjee] lands up at Gul’s apartment and finds Jaaved chained. From that point onwards, till the finale, which includes the boss [Sunny Deol] reprimanding Jaaved and transferring him to Bangladesh, the film only worsens.
Director Manoj Tiwari fails to deliver, mainly because the writing is corny. The double entendres, used generously to spice the proceedings, are tasteless. The music [Pritam] is mediocre, barring the ‘Aa Jaane Ja’ track. Ravi Yadav’s cinematography is functional.
Amongst the three, Gul stands out with a convincing performance. Celina is decent, while Eesha doesn’t look like a Haryanvi. Jaaved goes over the top, but is believable nonetheless. Divya Dutta is alright. Chunky Pandey gets no scope. Seema Biswas is just right. Sunny Deol, in a brief role, is monotonous. Asawari Joshi is passable. Mukesh Tiwari is wasted. Ditto for Vrajesh Hirjee.
On the whole, HELLO DARLING tries hard to make you laugh, but falls flat on its face. In fact, this comedy is more of a tragedy for the viewer.
Priyadarshan’s film is based on a TOI report on khap panchayats
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 9, 2010)
Priyadarshan couldn’t have timed it better. His hard-hitting action thriller about love across caste barriers and honour killings based on a Times of India report, releases worldwide on October 1.
A year ago, when Priyan joined hands with producer Kumar Mangat Pathak (Omkara), the makers hadn’t envisaged that parts of India would be under siege of the khap panchayats. Big Screen Entertainer’s Aakrosh has Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna playing CBI officers — one on special deputation to the village and the other, the local officer. The other cast members are Bipasha Basu, Paresh Rawal, Reema Sen and Amita Pathak in a stellar role.
Another USP of the film is the music by the current Bollywood craze Pritam and lyrics by Irshad Kamil. Mangat is very confident the film will hammer the right message as far as honour killings go. “This is a topic that has taken India by storm. Ours is a hard-hitting commercial film that is likely to drive home the message to the masses and the gentry,’’ he says. “Omkara got me awards. Aakrosh should get me awards and rewards.’’
Ajay, whose equity is bullish after three hits — All the Best, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, feels the film will work. Says the actor, “Bollywood is going through an interesting and important phase. Today a filmmaker has the liberty to address a topical issue within the mainstream format, combining entertainment and a social message. I revel in roles that have a very life-like quality. Here the cops are not cardboard cut-outs but people you can identify with. Aakrosh is a racy thriller that keeps you on the edge.’’
For Akshaye, his relationship with Priyan has a deep-rooted understanding. Says he, “I’ve probably done the most number of films with Priyan. I’m well-versed with his style and his narrative. Aakrosh was a great experience. Ajay and I are coming together after our last successful outing Deewangee, so that’s another added incentive.’’ Bipasha says her role has very interesting shades. “You’ll get me as Seeta and Geeta,” she smiles.
The National Award-winner Priyadarshan, who has handled comedies and social dramas with equal ease, says Aakrosh will get him the accolades he got for Viraasat, Kala Paani, and his recent Kanjeevaram. “I’m sure it should also bring in the required box office numbers because I have been getting incessant messages after the theatrical trailer that played before Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai,” said the director.
Dressed in a wispy Stella McCartney dress, relaxed at home surrounded by family and dog, Kangna Ranaut basks in the success of her latest film. With her legs folded under her, she looks like a little girl but comes to life and is all-woman when our photographer enters the room. That’s typically her, an actress who can change mood and look in seconds as she talks about her life and where she sees it going.
• Could you ever submit yourself and your career totally to one man the way your character did in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai?
Gosh no, the thought is scary. Thank God we don’t live in those times when we could be told that if we did or didn’t do something we would be shot. I am very happy to be living in the times I do when things are cool and we can date whoever we want to without fear of repercussions. I am in Mumbai because here I have freedom. If I have to be told what to do I would rather live in Manali, with its social pressures.
• So much of freedom and you aren’t even dating?
Trust me I am exercising my freedom but because I am surrounded only by married guys, I don’t get a chance to go on dates. Freedom is not about walking into a club and saying hey, I’m single. I always say that I am late by 10 years in the industry because all our best heroes, directors and producers who I deal with daily are married and have children. Unfortunately, I never meet any businessman, investment banker or engineer, and even if I do all they want is an autograph.
• This seems to make you sad…
Yeah, it is sad at times. I am young and all my friends are dating or getting married but I have been exceptionally unlucky with love. None of my relationships have really worked.
A lot of my friends have been in love for 10 years and are now getting married. But I didn’t meet any guy in school; I grew up and just randomly dated. That’s why I say I have been exceptionally unlucky. Today, I am totally open to somebody match-making for me.
• What have your characters taught you about yourself?
It is weird that whatever I have learnt about myself, my life or other people, it has been through my work. I am not well educated. And though I read a lot even more than that I observe people, see their expressions and emotions and every script and every story tells me so much about life and people. During Gangster itself I realised that I am exceptionally talented. So now I don’t underestimate myself.
The other thing I have learnt about myself is that there are many sides to me. I can be extremely aggressive and I can be extremely tender. And because I have been subjected to the most difficult circumstances at a very young age, I tend to behave like a man most of the time. When I meet a man I act so much like him that I evoke more competition than desire in him. But when I emote romance, a very soft and feminine side to me emerges.
• And from being a part of the film industry…
There is one thing about the film industry that hurts me very much. And that is that the industry on the whole is very partial to its own people. I know that if Gangster had flopped, then, despite my performance, I would have never been given another chance. But I am God’s favoured child so no one can do anything about it. I have a success percentage of 99 per cent which sometimes surprises me too.
Actors who belong to the industry are given chance upon chance till they make it, which is ok, but when there is an exceptional talent, the industry should be kinder to them. It should not be all about babalog and babylog.
There is no doubt that our work is given not only less appreciation but also less respect. Otherwise why would I have been jobless for a year between Life in A Metro and Fashion?
• You were not offered any roles?
I was offered roles but they were all B-grade or C-grade films. Today people are very kind but I remember a time when they would do everything to keep me out of the big league.
• And are you being selective now?
No. I don’t want to only have two films a year. I am in the process of experimentation. I will keep doing comedy, thriller, dancing singing roles, intense characters and romantic love stories so that by the middle of 2012 or so I will know my forte. I am probably the actress working on the maximum films. I have seven releases coming up and am working on five films. If I have signed 15 films, you can figure that I must have been offered at least 25.
• What are your securities and insecurities at this point?
My biggest security is my talent, my passion, my enthusiasm. My inspiration comes from within and I totally ignore people who are negative. When I am low and my father tries to be supportive and says, “You don’t need to do this. Why are you crying and feeling bad? Don’t forget we have a beautiful house, we can go back to it” I am like, “Can you please go from here?” Whenever I am upset my inspiration comes from within. My spirit is all I have.
Like any other person I feel extremely insecure, sometimes. Today I am on my way to doing things that will take me to my goal, the things that will make me happy and feel complete.
But my biggest fear is that what if I get there and then don’t get that feeling? What if I feel this is not what I should have done. Is this the meaning that everyone is looking for in life? That really scares me.