Her Paro in Dev D was a defining moment in the way Bollywood portrayed its female characters. Mahie Gill speaks about signing the film, making a place for herself in the industry and her favourite films.
If not an actress, you would have been...
In the army.
What was the most defining thing about playing Paro?
I was just going with the flow. I didn’t get self-conscious at all.
Which classic would you choose as your debut movie?
Guide (1965). I’d love to do Waheeda ji’s role.
Yes I did initially. But now I’m happy as I’m doing films in different genres.
Romance or drama, which do you like best?
How about romantic dramas?
The best thing about Bollywood.
I think it gives everybody a chance. There are no friends or enemies.
The most romantic pair in Bollywood.
Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit.
The directors you want to work with.
Rajkumar Hirani and Imtiaz Ali.
The biggest risk you’ve taken.
Shifting to Mumbai from Chandigarh, I guess.
A song that describes your current state of mind.
Tum itna jo muskura rahe ho, kya gham hai jisko chhupa rahe ho from Arth (1983).
One item number you wish you’d done.
Aa jaane jaan from Intaquam (1969).
Your fitness secrets.
Yoga and positive thinking.
What makes your day?
Hearing an interesting script and signing a film.
What ruins it?
Reading any rumour about me.
Spending an evening with friends.
Anurag Kashyap’s film Dev.D (2009)
High point of your life
When Anurag saw me at a party and instantly decided that I should play the character of Paro in Dev.D.
Low point of your life
Yet to come.
Have just finished Satish Kaushik’s film Gangs of Ghost, which releasing in April. Also I’m considering a few other projects before finalising anything.
Place of birth
Panjab University, Chandigarh
From HT Brunch, February 2
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