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This is my last period film & I look like a clown!

this is what the doe-eyed actress kept yelling from her makeup room while hot rollers made their way into her lovely locks. Raima Sen who does a chip-in role calls Parineeta her second homecoming...

What prompted you to take up a miniscule role in the film?
More than my role it was me wanting to be a part of Parineeta that got me to do the film. Another incentive you could say is the excitement of working for a Vidhu Vinod Chopra banner and of course my director Pradeep da.

You are not telling us that you got the short end of the stick by way of a small role, are you?
Not at all, just that it isn't a full-on role. Before you write off my role, let me tell you that I play Koel, Lolita's (Vidya Balan) cousin. She is lively, peppy and the life of every situation. There is also a very mischievous streak about her. It was lot of fun playing her.

"I haven't done so many costume trials all my life!"
Something that we have asked most of you guys, did the film transport you into the 60's?
It did but it wasn't the first time, since I had done Chokher Bali earlier. We were shooting in our hometown and it was a rather chilled atmosphere.

What about the whole 60's look? How did you manage that?
I haven't ever done so many costume trials all my life! The hair, the clothes, the props, it never seemed to end. It was almost hair splitting! And finally when the look was fixed, everytime we got dressed for the shoot, Vidya & I would look at ourselves in the mirror and giggle away. It's a girl thing we did, was lot of fun!

We have caught glimpses of you in the Rekha club song. What was it like shooting with the diva?
I was pretty nervous about the song. Pradeep da called me on the rehearsal morning and asked me to drop in. When I showed up, I quite liked what I saw and within no time, I was in my costume and we were rehearsing in full swing. As for Rekha, she is absolute magic!

How did you get along with Saif and Sanju?
I didn't have too many scenes with Saif but yes I did a couple of shots with Sanjay and it was fine. Vidya and I did a lot more work together and we hit it off. I am still in touch with her and we rap very well.

What according to you gives Parineeta its timelessness?
To start with, it is a Saratchandra Chattopadhyaya work and more importantly, it is a simple love story with a huge range of emotional chords. I guess that is what will get Parineeta its audience.

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