4 years ago
Actor Shikha Talsania, who got rave reviews
for her performance in the recently released
film, Veere Di Wedding, says that she always
knew that this film is for her. Having played
a young mother who is married to a white
man, Shikha feels happy to have portrayed a
character that defies the set societal norms.
In a candid chat, Shikha talks about playing
a young mom onscreen, working with
Kareena Kapoor Khan and the much talked
about masturbation scene in the film.
It's been almost a month since the film
released and it is still being talked about.
How does it feel?
I've been with this film for such a long time
and finally, to see the product out there,
getting so much love... there's
overwhelming joy and excitement. I found
the script ground breaking and I knew it
would connect with people because it's
about real women with story set in the
reality of today.
Swara Bhasker's masturbation scene did
not go down well with some people. Your
Honestly, I know how parents are reacting
to it, as if they've never done it or been
through that age (laughs). VDW is a slice of
life film and this masturbation scene was
also a part of that. I understand it has to be
done in the privacy of your bedroom and
she [Swara's character] was masturbating
in the privacy of her bedroom. So, why this
fuss! This slice of life film dwells into
different aspects to women and what's
happening in their lives, so people will react
to it in different ways. Those who
appreciate it, it's great. And those who
found inspiration from it to talk further, it's
even better. If people are upset about it,
that's their problem, everyone has the right
to give an opinion. When I read about the
scene, I felt it was absolutely fantastic and
You've played a young mother in the film...
was it difficult to connect with the
There was nothing that I couldn't relate to. I
have friends [in real life] who are married
and are young mothers. Also, we have
heard these stories forever where there are
so many women, who have stepped away
from what the society wants them to do
and what they think they should do and
they have gone their own way with their
life. So, relating to my character wasn't that
How was it shooting with a kid for most of
I love kids, so it was actually a joy to work
with Riyaan, who played my onscreen son
[Kabir]. The only challenge was that he was
2 years old and while working with a child,
you can't direct them their schedules and
timings are different. But he is such a cutie.
And we, along with his parents, worked
together to get him to do whatever he did
on the set and in the film.
And while working with Kareena Kapoor
Khan, did you use to observe her perform?
All the time! Apart from acting, the only
thing I do on set is to obverse everybody
and everything. It's one of my favourite
things to do. As for Kareena, she's such an
experienced and lovely star and I am a huge
fan. Firstly, it was lovely working with her
because there was so much give and take
and second, when I wasn't in the same
scene as her, I'd just observe what she was
doing and there was so much to learn.