Today Mahie Gill is exuding sensuality quotient in her back to back films like Not A Love Story and Saheb Biwi aur Gangster. However, though she is seemingly confident and carefree of her free flowing act, it wasn’t something that came naturally for her when she had first started her career as she made her transition from Punjabi to Bollywood cinema.
“I didn’t quite know how and where to start actually”, says Mahie who did struggle a bit before landing a plum role in Dev D that made her famous overnight, “I met many people out here in Mumbai and everyone had a different point of view. Some suggested that since I was from Punjab, I should maintain my individuality and hence wear salwar-kameez while visiting filmmakers and actors. I too thought that chalo theek hai, let it be since I am also quite comfortable with that attire.”
However, this turned out to be counterproductive for Mahie as not many were amused with the idea of a leading lady having her meetings in ethnic attire, especially when it was the world of glamour that she was dealing with.
“I met all sort of weird people and there was this one producer who point blank said to me – ‘Mahie, tumhe chote kapde pehne chahiye agar industry mein kaam karna hai’ (If you want to be in the industry then you should wear short clothes). I won’t say that I was shocked but then yes, I wasn’t too comfortable with the way this conversation was going”, confesses Mahie who soon excused herself from the meeting.
Of course Mahie did extract something positive from this meeting and though she didn’t change her attire overnight, she was now all the more conscious about how she wanted to present herself in the industry.
“Everyone goes through a struggle period; I too went through it. In fact I would say that I am still struggling. But it’s fine because I feel instances like these that make you stronger. To think of it, these were some of the reasons why I could further relate to the character of Maria that I am playing in Not A Love Story. I could well understand what she must have gone through in real life as a struggling actress”, smiles Mahie before signing off.