After being around in the world of glamour for long, courtesy her stint with television, the Punjabi girl Surveen Chawla is now getting her first big break in a Hindi film with Hate Story 2. Though a popular name in Punjabi cinema, Surveen was patient enough to wait for long before a good call came her way for a Bollywood outing. Daring to make an unconventional beginning with Hate Story 2, she also presents her bold new self in the film which is much in news for her dare-bare avatar coupled with high dramatic quotient bringing on further hype.
I guess your debut in Hindi films has been much awaited. Considering the fact that you have been around for so long, can one finally say – ‘Der aaye durust aaye’!
(Laughs) Yes, absolutely. It has been a much awaited thing for me as well as I have been around for a while. Sometimes, you do try it out and just when you are close to attaining something, it fizzles out. Things don’t always go in your favor. I have been aiming to step into Bollywood for a while now and there was a time when I said to myself that either it is going to be this way or that way. Then Jimmy Sheirgill spotted me and my Punjabi films happened. What I managed to get there was incomparable to any other work that I had done in the past. It was very satisfying.
You did work on Ugly before Hate Story 2 happened, right?
That’s true. I had shot for Ugly five months before Hate Story 2 came my way. In any case, mine is a special appearance in that film. It is a great film to be a part of since Anurag Kashyap is associated with it. Meanwhile, people at Bollywood had seen rushes of my other Punjabi film Singh v/s Kaur and other doors just opened automatically. So when I was approached for Hate Story 2, it was absolutely a no-brainer for me to say ‘yes’.
Still, did you have any specific do’s and don’ts in mind when it came to picking a Hindi film?
That is a good question as I really pondered over it myself for a very long time even before I signed Ugly. See, I am a free spirited girl and my personal and professional life goes hand to hand. I have looked back and seen how there is so much of a reflection of my professional life over my personal life. For Ugly, I did break a few barriers in my personal life and that’s something you would see in the film. Now, Hate Story 2 is an altogether different world. I take things as it comes. If this is the kind of role that is coming in my life, then I am gladly accepting it.
When Hate Story 2 came your way, were you surprised that the makers thought of you, courtesy the fact that this is an altogether different avatar that you are being seen in?
Vikram (Bhatt) knew me for a while, and we were constantly in touch. I never really went to Vikram though that ‘Please, I want to do a film, so give me something good’. It is just that I knew whenever there is a film worthy enough for me; he would ask me to do it. For Hate Story 2, he was extremely confident that even though it was something new for me, I would just break a few barriers and do it. Like for example, I kissed for the first time on the screen. When I heard about it, it was all a matter of mentally preparing myself and letting go off the worry factor that ‘arrey, what should I really do’!
So how did the narration go?
It was just outstanding. Of course, I did ask him at the end of it all that how did he think of me to be doing this film, to which he responded that he knew in his heart I would be his Sonika (name of my character in the film). I loved the fact that while she is someone who is extremely vulnerable, when it comes to her love she can be that bad a$$ bi$$h. (Laughs) Sorry about my language here, but her attitude is that ‘if you fu@$ with me, I won’t let you live’. Vikram truly believed that I carried both sides of a woman – the one who is vulnerable and the other who can get back at somebody ferociously. Really, I wasn’t aware that he knew me so well. Don’t get me wrong; I am not a dual or split personality, but, then I am aware of these two sides to me. It is like a pendulum swing. I am almost like an onion with a lot of layers out there.