Rock On (2008) actor Shahana Goswami decided to keep mum about her international film role in Winds of Change with Deepa Mehta until she completed shooting for the film’s first schedule because she is “not consciously looking to market herself globally.”
Goswami insists that as long as she is doing interesting work, it doesn’t matter whether the film is Indian or international. She says, “I don’t compartmentalise films, so there’s no desire to strive for one particular genre or the other. The idea is to keep it fresh by not doing too many of the same variety.”
Winds of Change is an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize-winning novel, Midnight’s Children. “A part of the schedule has just wrapped up in Sri Lanka,” Goswami adds, “That’s all I can say right now— I can’t talk about my character yet but the role is challenging. It’s given me a chance to explore my personality and discover different facets of myself.” Earlier, Mehta had taken the decision to shoot in Sri Lanka as opposed to India, where the novel is set, because she had faced a nightmarish experience when trying to shoot Water in Benares.
Besides Goswami, Soha Ali Khan and Shabana Azmi will play important roles in the upcoming film. Apparently, Mehta had first wanted a line-up of bigger stars like Irrfan Khan. But when that didn’t work out, due to their prior commitments for other international projects such as Spiderman Reboot 3D and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, she cast Rahul Bose and Chandan Roy Sanyal instead.
Goswami will next be seen in Game and Ra.One this year. She says, “Both films are slick, edgy and have very interesting story lines. While Game is a murder mystery and a thriller, Ra.One is an unusual superhero film with a heart.” In Game, Goswami plays a crime journalist who, like many others, is on a journey of unravelling the mysteries of the past and her own reality. “My character is a young, unruly, alcoholic and irresponsible reporter.
The film talks about how her life and that of three others changes after an invitation to an island.” In Ra.One, she plays Shah Rukh Khan’s colleague in a game-designing company.