Like many of her peers from television, Jennifer Winget is ready to move to the big-screen. However unlike Sushant Singh Rajput, Ayushmann Khurrana or Manish Paul, Jennifer didn’t have to wait long for the transition.
“It happened so suddenly!” she exclaims in disbelief. “I don’t know why Kunal Kohli thought of me for Phir Se. But he did. I got the role without any effort. I just got a call and in the second meeting he asked me to do a scene. That was it,” says Jennifer excitedly.
She has been doing television for many years now, the latest serial being Saraswatichandra.
Says Jennifer, “I’ve virtually grown up in the television industry. I love the medium and to say I’m moving on would be wrong. Basically I love to act. The medium is not important. It’s a feature film now. It might again be a serial after that.”
Jennifer looks back on the experience of doing Saraswatichandra with much pleasure. “There were two different phases in the life of Saraswatichandra. The first phase was when Sanjay Leela Bhansali was the producer. He is a dream director and a master creator. To have him on board was a dream come true for me. When the producer changed we moved on to another phase. I had no complaints. I enjoyed both the phases equally.”
Now she’s all geared up for the movie experience. “Do you know, I did a couple films as a child. But Phir Se is my first film as a leading lady. It’s such a cute film with a terrific role for me. I couldn’t have hoped for anything better.”
What Jennifer likes the best is that she gets to play her own age. “Neither Kunal nor I have to pretend to be younger or older. So that immediately puts us in a comfortable zone. We need that kind of confidence because we are both making our debut. It’s scary and at the same time exciting.”
Phir Se would be shot in London and Jennifer is looking forward to that. “I’ve this karmic connection with London. I was in London to shoot Saraswatichandra last year. Now I’m going to be there to shoot Phir Se. It’s going to be really cold in December in London. But the unit is so lovely. I am going to be surrounded by warmth.”
Jennifer and her husband Karan Singh Grover are both television artistes. So how do they manage to find time for one another?
“I know the hours on television are unearthly. But we manage. In a way it’s good that we are both part of the entertainment industry. We understand each other’s schedules. Now that I’m doing a film I’ll have to deal with a little less madness in my working hours,” Jennifer signs off.