The most commonly quoted formula for getting a break in Bollywood is being at the right place at the right time! Wherever that is Going by formulae, you should be a star-beti, a Miss India, the next big thing or plain lucky! Being none of the above, I place myself among the section of ‘strugglers’ — small-town girls with scope and a lot of hope. But it’s amazing how, in the filmi duniyan, stuff like junoon (passion), hard work and believing in yourself really count! Coming to the point: I’m finally doing a movie!
Going to the movies
You all do remember the movie audition I said that I thought I nailed last week, right?
Well, true to my instinct, they called back saying that they want to finalise me. After making sure I knew everything I needed to about my role, the production house, the script, the dates, the fee and the co-actors, it’s finally signed, sealed and delivered.
Well, this might not be the dream launch with a Yash Raj banner opposite Shah Rukh Khan but it’s a beginning. I have finally graduated from doing ads to theatre to MOVIES! Oh, did I also mention that it’s a lead role?
It’s a 20-day shooting schedule, not too far away from Mumbai. I’m excited, not in a jumping for joy manner, but with a cautious smile on my face and playing my cards close to my chest, revealing only to those who need to know and you guys! I want to put my best foot forward, breathing life into my character, leaving a mark with my performance.
But where we come from, looking good is half the battle won. Well, let’s just say it’s like having a nuclear weapon on your side actually.So I’m working out and taking extra care of my skin. I can’t quite get away with a pimple being magnified to 200 times its size on the big screen.
The aspect I’m secretly thrilled about is my new look… the additional dash of hair colour to add some spunk to my guise! I know it’s not an extreme makeover, but in an Aamir Khan sort of way, I’ve always planned to get a new look with every role. All my plans are finally materialising!
After all the hanging in there, all those days (and months) of no real work, all the acting courses, all the little learnings and un-learnings, earnings
and un-earnings, all the introspection, all the silent prayers and all the dreaming — I am finally doing my first film. And it’s still sinking in… Ladies and gentlemen, this part of my life is called… Bollywood!