For Hollywood actress Sarah Thompson, her Bollywood debut in Raajneeti may have opened more doors than she could have imagined. Since she played Ranbir Kapoor’s love interest in the film, Thompson, popular for her role in Cruel Intentions 2, has been busy meeting filmmakers.
“I’d a long meeting with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra this week. I’ll meet more filmmakers in Mumbai this week,” says the actress, who has got herself a Hindi tutor now. “When I was shooting for the film in Bhopal, everyone would speak and crack jokes in Hindi, and I felt left out. So, when I returned after shooting, I got myself a tutor in Los Angeles. I can speak a bit of Hindi now,” she adds.
The actress confesses she wasn’t aware of Ranbir’s fame when she arrived in India. “Prakash Jha (director) told me that Ranbir is hot property in India, but I never knew how much. When I came here, Wake up Sid had just released and I saw him everywhere — from billboards to TV screens and posters. I then realised he was a star. We’re good friends now,” she says, adding that the actor was extremely supportive during their steamy lovemaking scenes. “Had it been any other actor, I would not have been able to do it. Ranbir kept checking on me and was very careful during the scenes. He made an effort to see that I was okay.”
She says she also got along with co-star Katrina Kaif. “We spoke about the differences between Hollywood and Bollywood,” says Thompson, whose perception of Bollywood being all about ‘song and dance’ has changed since she did the film.