The year was 1995 and Bollywood saw the rise of a new actress with the film Rangeela. Though she had a small part in the film, she made her mark. Later venturing into television and eventually returning to the big screen with Satya where her performance was critically acclaimed, Shefali Shah surely carved a niche for herself in the industry.
Shefali is all set with her latest film Kucch Luv Jaisaa, which stars her in lead alongwith Rahul Bose. The film directed by Barnali Shukla tells the story of a housewife who longs for her fair share of affection. We got in touch with Shefali and she spoke about the film and more…
“Kucch Luv Jaisaa is a story of two strangers”
Kucch Luv Jaisaa is a film on which we had a lot of fun; the thing was that the entire crew was a really close bunch but the biggest helper was that we all shared the same sensibility so working was a blast as we all knew what we had to do. This actually helped us to finish the shoot very quick in about 40 days. As for the story of the film, well it’s about two strangers who are very different people and end up spending one day together and how this one day radically changes their lives.
“Everyone forgot my birthday on sets”
In the film, I play this character whose birthday comes once in four years as she’s born on Feb 29, but the funny part was that while shooting for the film in reality everyone forgot about my birthday. So my character is this very rebellious kind of person who wants to do things her own way.
“Rahul is very self-assured”
The thing I noticed while working with Rahul is that he is a very self-assured actor. I mean he never tries to upstage you, never tries to mess with your work. In fact he compliments you on what you do, besides I think that we shared a great chemistry on screen and I think this shows in the promos and in the film as well.
“Bans just gave me one line which convinced me totally”
Barnali, yes she is a first time director making her debut, but when Bans approached me for this film, she actually gave me just one line for the film, which totally convinced me that I have to do it. Besides the method of Barnali’s directing is that she leaves a lot of things unsaid so it gives actors a greater scope of experimenting and acting.
“Vipul asked me who is producing the film”
You know when Barnali came to me with the script, I said an instantaneous yes to it. Later I was talking to Vipul and told him that Bans had given me a script so he generally asked me what it is about so I gave him the same one line. The next question was ‘Who’s producing the film?’ I guess since he’s looking to broaden his perspective of production as well as the fact that he liked it, we had him come aboard as producer.
“All films have a luck factor”
If you ask me what I expect of the film, well I really hope and pray that the film gets a really big opening and does very well. But then again every film comes with a luck factor. Like every child is born with his own destiny the same way every film has its own pre-ordained fate that changes and depends on luck.
“The film is all of the title in essence”
Summing Kucch Luv Jaisaa is pretty easy; it’s totally and wholly true to the title. It’s funny, quirky, and silly and it’s something that you can never put your finger to. It’s a kind of emotion that comes along when we all had that special song playing in the back of your mind during you first date.