A college principal for a father, writer Khushwant Singh for an uncle, and herself a topper in English literature from Hindu College, DU—no wonder she is recognised as a thinking man’s actor.
Bollywood actor Tisca Chopra is more than just a pretty face. What sets her apart are the intense performances in movies such as Taare Zameen Par, Firaaq (Nandita Das’s directorial debut 2008) and Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011), among others. Now, the actor reaches further and plans to launch her book, a compilation of her personal notes and little thoughts about her journey in the film industry.
The book has been tentatively titled Get Your Act Together. “No, it is not an autobiography; it’s too early to sum up my life! They are more like tips for the youth from my as well as others’ (Anurag Kashyap and Raju Hirani) experiences. I talk about casting couch, arrogance and manipulation. It would make for a great read,” says Tisca, in Chandigarh at Taj Chandigarh, Sector 17, to announce her role as a judge on Spark Punjabi’s Big Fame Star.
As if her warm ‘Sat Sri Akal’ wasn’t enough, she lets us in on her ‘Punjabiyat’ by saying, “I am not very good at speaking Punjabi, but that doesn’t change the fact that I am a pure Punjabi at heart! When I call myself a half-Sikhni [mom is Sikh and father Hindu Punjabi], people correct me by saying, ‘There is nothing like a half-Sikhni; your blood is Punjabi, that’s what makes you full of life’.”
Recalling her initial struggle in Mumbai, Tisca says, “Belonging to a close-knit family, it became difficult for me to adjust to a city where people believe in keeping to themselves. Accommodation was another big problem, as I lived as a PG for a while. It’s been 15 odd years in the industry, including my theatre days; my struggle is finally over, making all this easy to talk about. When I moved to Mumbai, I worked hard and trained in acting with theatre gurus Feroz Abbas Khan and Naseeruddin Shah. After polishing my skills, I did plays such as Mahatma Vs Gandhi and All The Best.”
“In 2013, I would be playing the role of a mother whose child dies due to doctors’ negligence. The film is called Ankur Arora Murder Case. Actors’ imagination, I believe, should have no bounds. Actors should let their real emotions flow on screen, which is what I try to bring to the table with every character I play,” adds she.
In 2013, Tisca will be seen with Irfaan Khan in Punjabi film Qissa and Neeraj Pandey’s thriller, which is yet to be named.