Interview By: ANKITA R. KANABAR
Making her debut with ‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas’ alongside Karan Deol, directed by Sunny Deol – Sehher Bambba feels blessed. Coming from a non-film background, carving a way on her own, here’s this pretty confident, articulate girl. She settles down for a chat, shares her experience on the film and more…
Did you started getting attention from the industry and people, while you started shooting the ﬁlm?
No, because I’m not from the industry and also Sunny sir didn’t want us to come much in the limelight. He wanted to present us in a certain way.
Has the wait for the release been slightly long?
Yes, it was a bit exasperating because the release date got shifted so many times and even the shoot took a while because of the climate in Manali. There was this one location where we had to set the base camp and trek for eight hours. There was no network up there but we couldn’t shoot because it was raining. All we had to do is sit in our tents. Out of those twelve days, we could only shoot for two days. So, the waiting period when we were shooting also got a bit frustrating. But we knew that the end result will be good because everyone has put in so much hard work. Now we feel, it was worth the wait.
How did you prepare for the ﬁlm?
I did a lot of workshops with Karan because be- fore we started shooting the ﬁlm, we were in Manali for three months and every day we would have script-reading sessions and all that. I’m playing a Delhi-vlogger so I would do my research, make videos and show it to sir. Then after a month, once we shot in Manali and came back to Mumbai, that’s when sir enrolled me into Mr. Atul Mongya’s workshops. And that really helped me just to know how to get into the zone. Having said that, whatever I’ve learnt is only be- cause of Sunny sir. I’m not from the industry or have any theatre background to understand basics of acting. So, he’s the one who has taught me everything.
What drew you towards acting?
It’s very strange and that’s what my parents also ask me! I guess, it’s just that feeling when you come out of a movie, just thinking about it, feeling how the characters are feeling. The impact that ﬁlms have on you is what really attracted me towards them. As a kid, when you watch ﬁlms, it’s the song and dance which majorly attracts you but when I grew up, I started observing the characters people were playing and how beautifully, they were playing it on-screen.
What was the biggest challenge on it?
I think, Manali, because of the locations, the shooting was very difficult. So, on my ﬁrst day, like Rocky (Karan), I also broke down. The scene required me to go out of breath while running and that wasn’t happening because I’m from Shimla and my lungs are used to it. The longest of distance we would cover on our foot. So I was used to it and hence, that wasn’t happening. And then, sir, broke for lunch and I called up my mother and broke down. Besides that, action itself was so difficult. We shot in sub-zero conditions. We were thrown into the glacier water twice-thrice. So, that whole shoot was difficult.
What was the feeling like? Of being a newcomer and to be directed by Sunny Deol under his banner?
I still have to pinch myself. That was only when pro- motions began. But before that, when they broke the news to me I was so reaction-less. So were my parents because it was so good to be true. But my parents have watched ‘Betaab’ in the theatres and my cousins are like, ‘Bobby sir is so good-looking, charming’. So, it was a big deal for me to be a part of the ﬁlm, and I think I’ll be eternally grateful to Sunny sir for giving me this opportunity.
Coming from a non-ﬁlmy background, at any point did you feel that this may not be a practical dream or is this really going to happen?
After I got done with my schooling, I decided that I have to come to Mumbai because there are more opportunities here. Shimla being Shimla, there’s not much of exposure and opportunities. Now that I think of it in retrospect, I feel this was always a very far- fetched dream. My family knew about it but even they didn’t disclose it to anybody, because we were like, ‘yeh hone wala nahi hai.’ It was literally like asking for the moons and stars. But I had this feeling that it will happen. When I decided to come to Mumbai and my parents being so supportive about it was a big risk in itself. True, it wasn’t practical enough but of course, you’ve got to take risks.
Also, it’s a love story, with an equal opportunity to perform for you, just as Karan…
Most deﬁnitely. Many a times in these launches, you see the male actor getting more of an opportunity to perform. But here the writers Ravi and Jassi have written the script and Sunny sir also ensured that he wants to tell a beautiful love story without any biases. He’s a father ﬁgure to me and that’s why I love him so much because he’s been so fair all this while.
What are the kind of ﬁlms you’ve grown up on?
For me, it was always Hindi ﬁlms and the song- dance which I grew up on. There’s something so unique about Hindi ﬁlms. That’s something which I’ve grown up watching.
You come across as extremely conﬁdent and articulate–does that come from the experience you’ve gauged from your ﬁrst ﬁlm or is that the person you are?
I think I’ve always been that kind of a person who’s very opinionated. I just speak my mind but I think, this ﬁlm has shaped me a bit. I’ve learnt so much.