Lisa Ray might be 44, but she says she has “several lifetimes of experiences” to look back at. The Indo-Canadian actor first shot to fame when she starred in the music video of late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s song, ‘Aafreen aafreen’. However, after establishing her acting career, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009.
After a year-long battle, Lisa was finally declared cancer-free in 2010. Unfortunately, in 2012, she reveals, right after her wedding, she relapsed. Although, the actor is better now, does she fear another relapse? “Most people don’t even know that I relapsed. But I’m too stubborn to be fearful. Okay, I won’t say that I’m not fearful, but I consider fear a passing emotion,” says Lisa, who takes “steroids and a blood test every month” now.
Lisa will soon be seen in film-maker Ram Gopal Varma’s upcoming film, Veerappan. “Working with him was a fantastic experience. We get along well. He has his own style of direction. I would love to work with him again,” she says.
Talking about how she has evolved since she made her Bollywood debut with Kasoor (2001), the actor says, “I’m not a confused 20-year-old anymore. But I am still mad and unconventional. When I did Kasoor, I had no clue about what I was doing. I relied a lot on Vikram Bhatt (film-maker).”
Lisa started out as a model, but she feels the modelling industry is very different now. For instance, the trend of using Bollywood actors as showstoppers, instead of models, she feels, “takes away from the business of simply appreciating the clothes”. She recalls that back in the ’90s, models were also treated like B-Town stars. “Models were as well-known as actors. We were treated like celebs without having done films,” she says.