Koena Mitra’s first Hollywood film has just wrapped up and the actor has already got tongues wagging about her role as a bisexual in the film.
Produced by Micheal Hershenson and starring actor Kevin Sorbo of Hercules fame, The Story Of Naomi is a love triangle. In a recently released poster of the film, Koena, 27, can be seen in a kiss-close pose with her female co-star Diep Tran.
Though she is contractually bound not to reveal her role or the plot of the film, Koena does drop some cheeky hints. “In one poster, I am with my husband (Sorbo) and another guy, and in the other, I am with a girl. It is a love triangle. So, it is up to you to figure out what I play. All I can say is I play Naomi,” she laughs.
She is clear that she doesn’t have any problems playing a bisexual. “If two guys can romance in Dostana and it can become a hit, then what is wrong with girls doing the same? If I am comfortable watching it with my father, I will surely take on any role I like,” she says.
She adds that she is far more comfortable doing intimate scenes in Hollywood films, as such things are treated very matter-of-factly there. “Unlike in Bollywood, no filmmaker sits and discusses these scenes with the actors. If I’m playing someone’s wife, I will sleep next to him. A bed scene or a kiss is normal and part of the romance in their films.”
Koena says that Hollywood filmmakers are wary of Indian stars because of their attitude. “They are really scared of Bollywood actors as they come with a lot of demands, such as ‘who is playing the lead’, ‘who is walking the red carpet with me’, etc. My producer told me, ‘you might be a name in your film industry but here, you start from scratch’.”