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The actor went to JNU in Delhi and learnt all about street plays to play a Varanasi-born girl in her next film Raanjhanaa
By Subhash K Jha (MID-DAY; April 15, 2012)
As Dhanush, Sonam’s leading man in their next film Raanjhanaa, recently left for a flash visit to Namibia before the shoot, but the actress did not wait for her hero to resume the schedule. She put the time to good use by flying to Delhi with Raanjhanaa director Aanand Rai and learning more about street plays.
Sonam Kapoor with the participants of a street play in Delhi
The actress, primarily known for her exaggerated fashion sense, is all set to perform in street plays as part of her preparation for her role of a Varanasi-born girl in the film. Last week, Sonam visited the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as part of the research for the film. The actress and director spent several hours everyday meeting students and teachers of various faculties.
A source close to Sonam says, “At JNU, Sonam became familiar with the world of street theatre and got to know about the different courses in JNU that caught her fancy.” Rai says he doesn’t know about or care about Sonam’s current image in people’s minds “I only see the Varanasi-born girl in her. We spent a lot of time in Delhi at the JNU campus. I think she will join a couple of courses there, as I will after Raanjhanaa.”
Sonam fell in love with the street plays in Delhi. Sonam also plans to perform in these open-air plays at some point. Says Rai, “Nukkad More >
Mira Nair on what fuelled her love for the visual arts and playing Cleopatra to Tharoor’s AntonyMUMBAI MIRROR; February 10, 2011
Mira Nair thrives in challenges. As the Namesake director readies to shoot for Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, she has to deal with resistance from Pakistani government, which has refused her a visa and permission to shoot in that country.
Nair remains unfazed, and has vowed to recreate Lahore in Delhi for the adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel which deals with the identity issues of a modern Asian Muslim.
In a quick chat, the Oscar-nominated director talks about what drew her to filmmaking and how she had bureaucrat-turned-politician Shashi Tharoor wrapped around her little finger. On the stage of course!
• There is a story that you used to challenge your teachers in school.
I had accompanied my father for two years in Delhi and went to the Loreto Convent there. When I went back to school in Bhubaneswar, I found the system pretty lousy. By that time I had tasted what is called, decent education.
The young teachers (waiting to get married) thought I was a good student and would blindly give me the highest marks. I knew I was getting absolutely unchallenged. And so I decided to start testing them.
When I had essays to write, let’s say, on hospitals, I used to literally write gibberish and would still get the top marks. In short, I was a spunky, kind of mad kid…I still am. (Smiles)
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