Interview By: Ankita R. Kanabar
She’s fierce, honest, yet child-like – and someone who’s led life on her own terms. Same goes with her career, though she confesses, there can never be a ‘right career path’. In her latest release ‘Behen Hogi Teri’, she’s seen in quite a fresh, never-seen-before sort of avatar as Binny. The actress quickly chats all about the film!
What did you like the most about ‘Behen Hogi Teri’?
I really liked the story, the fact that it was relatable. And I liked my character Binny. I thought she was multi-dimensional character instead of the standard box that unfortunately we’re put in. I thought it was a fairly positive thing.
Did the fact that you’ll stayed in Lucknow for over a month and shot at a real house, help in getting further into that zone?
Yes absolutely. You can do your research, you can prepare, but this was actually someone’s home, so it adds a lot. It was amazing to get an experience of how they lived, what the culture is, just as you’re shooting. It completely opens up your mind about the possibilities of exploring your character and it’s fantastic.
What else helps you submit yourself to a character?
For me, the writing of the character has to be strong first because you can only work on what’s being given. Sometimes, when the writing hasn’t been strong, it has been tough to add dimensions to the character. But for me, the preparation varies from character to character. Every character requires a different approach and level of intensity.
During our last conversation you’d mentioned that you’re really happy about the fact that Hindi cinema is making more of simpler, relatable films lately. Do you think of ‘Behen Hogi Teri’ one such film?
There’s nothing like a small or a big film. Ultimately, every film is important. Whether it’s a big, commercial, mass-oriented film or a small one, of whichever genre, every film requires a lot of work and that’s the truth. I don’t think it’s fair to either of the films to say which one is better. But like I mentioned I am very happy that it’s not like just the big dinosaurs or the big, expensive films are taking over. It’s also about everyone having a story to tell so that the audience can see every kind of story out there.
“What’s been difficult for me is other people’s idea of what should be my right career path. Actually, there is no right career path. There is no formula”
Does being a musician help you as an actor and vice-versa?
I definitely think so. My music has helped my acting, my acting has helped my music.
If you could elaborate on that…
To elaborate, I would say, it has opened up a different approach. Some things require a different approach. What I do before shooting, is that I sort of make a character sketch, sometimes I write it down. And music has helped me associate with it a lot. Certain characters need that application of mind which I have with my music, and acting has helped my music in the way that, because of so many characters and stories that I play, I feel like it’s opened up a world of possibilities as a musician.
What do you take back from this film?
A lot of positivity. It’s also given me the confidence that you should follow your heart and work on something you can be proud of.
You’ve always stuck by your own beliefs and code of conduct, despite different opinions or the fact that you can be judged. Has that been difficult?
Of course. I think judging is the new black. It’s not even anybody’s business, so you can’t be bothered by judging. But it has been difficult. What’s been difficult for me is other people’s idea of what should be my right career path. Actually, there is no right career path. There is no formula. You have to power through it with faith in yourself. It has been a struggle on some days but I don’t regret a minute of it because I’ve learnt so much along the journey.
What’s next for you?
After this, I’m working on ‘Saabash Naidu’ with my father.