Neeru Bajwa, one of the desi bond girls of Prince, on her Bollywood debut and of course, Vivek Oberoi.
Prince took a long time to get made. What took it so long?
Prince was an extremely challenging film to make and it took time to execute what had been planned for it. And the scale at which things were being done, it definitely required a lot of time to do it perfectly. I think the producer and the director can explain it to you with more details.
Your bikini scenes and smooches with Vivek Oberoi became a topic of national debate. Isn’t it unfair for a debutante given that the role would have more than just that?
I would be upset if no one was talking about me at all. It’s like whatever floats your boat is acceptable. But there is more to my part than just that. Nandana (Sen), Aruna (Sheilds) and I are playing Maya. No one knows who the actual Maya is. It’s fun because we can’t talk about our role in any case.
What kind of work do you plan to do after Prince?
I am an artiste and I am reading a few scripts right now. I just hope that whichever film I choose to do next allows me space to do a lot more than what I did in Prince. Nandana, Aruna and you have this bond-girlish feel to your look. Was that consciously done?
The whole film has a very sleek and sexy feel to it. It is extremely well stylised and it was essential for our look to go well with the rest of the film. The styling is extremely edgy and at the same time feminine.
Would you say Vivek Oberoi is our desi James bond?
No, instead I’d say Vivek is neither Prince nor Bond, he is just himself. He is original and unique in his approach towards work.
Where do you see your career moving from here, since your debut has opened very well, especially in the small cities?
I definitely see my career zooming ahead. It’s overwhelming to get the kind of response I am getting for my work in Prince.
What kind of offers have been coming your way since the promos of Prince hit airwaves?
I am extremely happy about the kind of response my work has met with. I’ve been getting all kinds of offers from Hindi and Punjabi films. But it would unprofessional to discuss projects when they are not even finalised. I will talk once the films are on the floors.
You seem to have an affinity for Punjabi films?
Yes, I simply love working on them. Even now, when Prince has opened well, I will continue working in Punjabi films.
Rumours were that you were dating Vivek Oberoi while filming Prince
A Exactly, they were rumours. There is no truth behind them. So I wouldn’t like to comment further.
A It’s cool that after Prince, my next release is Phoonk 2, that opens on Friday.