HT catches up with actor Sarika on her latest release Sagar Ballary’s Bheja Fry, forthcoming projects and life.
Excerpts of an interview:
Bheja Fry was an unconventional comedy.
Yes, it was unconventional in terms of the concept, I guess. It’s humorous but gives you a message without any preaching. And frankly I didn’t sign the film because it was unconventional or anything, I was impressed that in such a low budget, in just a few days, six people were determined to make this film. It was their passion that got me. Nobody makes a film in such a small budget these days. We’ve managed to do that and without any compromise; I think that’s credible.
On your comeback, you have been doing films that are also unconventional...is it finally satsifying your creative appetite?
Yes. But let me tell you, I never thought of this word unconventional while signing any of the films I have done. I have liked the narration given to me about the film and have just signed them. Even if my role is small I have done the film because I have liked the story all over. I have tried doing interesting films and hope to continue the same.
Do you think films like Bheja Fry have an audience?
Of course it does have. Cinema is changing in terms of scripts. People are experimenting with subjects and we have multiplexes and so called multiplex audiences. People are accepting change. They are happy to watch a two-hour film without song and dance. If people are watching a very big budget film with all songs and dances, they are also watching a small budget film like Khosla Ka Ghosla and that too becomes a success. It’s all about entertainment. If you are getting entertained, you will go to watch anything.
What according to you is the USP of the film?
The humor. It’s like everyone wants to laugh. Anyways there is so much of stress in everyone’s busy life. Laughter is one thing that will attract people.
Working with actors of this generation must have been an amazing experience...
Oh yes! Everyone was very nice to work with. They all are so determined and passionate about their work. I was also amazed to see how much cinema has changed especially when it comes to the technical aspects. The kind of technical excellence and expertise that has come in is amazing. Also see, we are now making real cinema. It is no longer the norm that you buy a ticket, go into a land of fantasy, and come back.
You have done comedy before...how do you see the change in the style of comedy over the years?
Yes as I said, people are ready to experiment now and audience can relate to what they are watching on screen.
Are you happy with the response Parzania got?
Let me speak for myself. My work starts and ends with the film’s shooting. After that, how the film does, whether it wins awards or not, I don’t think about all that. The thing to be proud is that we made a good film, which is not an easy thing. Everyone wants to make a good film, but there are so many people involved in making it that it becomes difficult. I will be proud of this film even at the end of my career. That is all that I want.
What are the films you are working on now?
There’s Harry Puttar where I play a Punjabi woman whose son is Harry. It’s a children’s film, directed by Rajesh Bajaj. Then there’s Manorma Six Feet Under directed by Navdeep Singh and N Chandra’s It’s Breaking News.