For those who missed the last episode — I’m prepping myself for the shoot of my first film. It’s been a feverishly hectic week, physically and mentally.
Sunday: The team’s first rehearsal, of the five days acting workshop, with the director. We (mostly newbies) are warming up to our characters. Most of us are cast as characters we closely resemble, so there’s not too much of an effort with getting into the skin of the character. Mine’s one of a bubbly chick who’s a buddy with the guys. She’s young and collegy-cool. Very Genelia (D’Souza)-types. I have even got a make-over which I shall tell you about, shortly.
Monday: The ice is still thawing between the actors. We’re getting to know each other better now. Our delivery of lines is extremely flat! Need to buck up. Each of us has an equal share to play and one couple has a steamy scene too. Will be fun to watch them shoot that. ‘Maza ayega!’ (It will be fun!).
Tuesday: Make-over time! I have a touch of hair colour to make me look more spunky. After all my past hair colour experiences, I didn’t want to mess around with my tresses. Solution: hair extentions! I have a piece of fake hair attached into my locks. Many actresses opt for extentions to give their hair volume, or length. Once the shoot is over, the locks come off. Simple. Going to the best in the business really helps.
Wednesday: I’m down with fever! Aaaargh! Guess the stress is getting to me.
Our daily rehearsals are still on. We have watched some footage of our scenes on a handycam. It made us cringe. We evidently still have work to do! The end of the movie hasn’t been told to us yet. I guess it is so that we don’t give it away to people.
Thursday: We get to go shop for our own clothes for the film! The film revolves around a single situation over a span of few hours. No ‘naach gaana’ (song and dance) and consequently, no clothes or location changes! Phew! I’m quite happy with what I’m wearing. With my funky hair colour, shorts, ‘ganji’ (vest) and sneakers, I now totally feel like my character!
In the end..
Friday: Good news and bad. The good news is that the end of the story is now disclosed to us, and it is pretty good. Can’t tell how it’s going to be shot because that’s what will eventually matter. The bad news it that we’re going to be shooting through the nights for the next two weeks. The thought of staying up all night shooting and sleeping through the day will take some getting used to. The mere thought is giving me fever again.
Saturday: We are leaving for the location in a few days. My hair looks good, my skin is clear. The fever has vanished. Lines learnt, bags packed, Grandma’s ‘aashirwad’ (blessings) taken. With a spring in my step and gulp in my throat, I guess I’m good to go! Wish me luck!