Why does Kalank look so much like a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film?
You are saying that because this a world only he (Bhansali) has entered so far. But trust me; it’s very different from what Bhansali Sir does.
Tell me about your own character and what we should expect to see?
Everyone is reacting to the way I look. I’ve never really gone this way … the full-on Hindi film heroine look which I’ve been dying to do ever since I became an actor. This is the kind of heroine I grew up watching and savouring. This is why I wanted to act in Hindi films. And for me, this ‘heroine look’ is a big challenge. Because I’ve always considered myself a bit of a tomboy.
I don’t think you are a tomboy at all; you are very feminine and graceful?
I am very feminine I agree. But my body lacks the grace of a typical heroine. I lack the adaa of the heroines of yesteryears.
That’s because you were not born back then!
I know maybe it’s a generation thing. And I always want what I don’t have (laughs). So it was very challenging for me to assume all the personality traits of my character Roop. For a week before I started shooting I was wondering and trying to master how Roop would walk. How would her body move? How would she react even when angry? You know, I tend to use a lot of expressions while emoting. I had to cut down on that drastically. I had to control my expressions because Roop is not a woman prone to be demonstrative.
Not like the outspoken girl you played in Gully Boy?
Not at all. Roop is fighting a constant battle. Woh samaaj se lad rahi hai. Apne aap se lad rahi hai. That required a certain amount of vulnerability and maturity. It wasn’t easy. But that’s the fun part.
What about the Kathak dancing?
I have to give the credit to my dance coach Tejaswini. She was instrumental in modulating my body-line for the dancing. Also Birju Maharajji who taught me the facial expressions. My face looks very different in Kalank.
Have you preserved some of Roop’s grace for yourself?
I think I have. I’ve become less hurried now. I wanted Roop to not walk on screen. I wanted her to glide like a sparrow. There is so much one tells about a person’s personality just by the way she walks.
I see you winning all the popular awards this year for Kalank and for Sanjay Bhansali’s Inshaallah next year?
(Laughs) Slow down slow down, please!