Q. What took you so long to accept a second film?
A. When I was launched, I was completely fresh. And after 'Garam Masala', I was offered loads of films of the same kind and that made me unhappy. I waited for the right script. In my second film, I wanted to prove myself as an actor.
Q. Tell us about 'Pranali'.
A. 'Pranali' is a female-oriented film, based on the devdasi system. It is now banned in India. It is the story of a girl and how she becomes an object of sex and is exploited to the hilt.
Q. Why did you choose this as your second film?
A. Well, I don't want to be decorative for the rest of my life. I don't want to wear designer clothes and don lots of make-up. I wanted to do something meaty which would satisfy my soul.
Q. How did you prepare for this film?
A. Earlier I was apprehensive about this role as it was really bold. But I worked very hard for it. I met sex workers in Pune and almost tried to live their lives for some time. And their life completely shook me.
Q. If you have to describe 'Pranali' in one word…
A. For me, life again.
Q. You made your debut working with two big stars and the movie was an out and out commercial. Don't you think you could have carried on with commercial cinema?
A. I want to do every kind of cinema. I really don't want to stick to one image. And now the scenario has changed. It all depends on the story of the film. It's not necessary that big banners work. Now even small budget films work.
Q. It is said that art cinema is real cinema. Do you agree?
A. Definitely art cinema is real cinema. Art cinema has a meaty story but not headless scenes.
Q. Honestly, do you think there is tough competition with so many fresh faces coming into Bollywood?
A. Not really. I think if you have it in you, nothing can stop you. At the end of the day, the audience is not going to spend on a biggie's son or daughter. It's your work that will call them to theatres.
Q. Which was the toughest scene to shoot in this movie?
A. Actually there was no tough scene. The second part of the movie was a little tough, though, since I had to portray a mother.
Q. What plans you have after 'Pranali'?
A. After this, I am doing a film named 'Kushti', which has a surprise element - 'the great khaali' in it. It's a comedy film based in a village.
Sakshi Tiwari (SAMPURN)