For those wondering about Shabana Azmi's chic new short-haired look, here is the answer. She has cut her hair to a very stylish size for her part in a crossover film The Contest.
"I've a delightful part in the film. I play this flighty socialite," says Shabana.
"The director is a very talented newcomer Manish Acharya. It is a comedy. Manish is an NYU graduate. I think he is as talented as Farhan Akhtar. He can talk for hours about global cinema and knows every Amitabh Bachchan starrer and every Javed Akhtar dialogue by heart."
Shabana has seldom been so excited about a director.
"Manish is an insanely talented filmmaker. Would you believe he was a hotshot executive in an American company and was offered obscene amounts of money to join an Indian company?
"But he told his wife, 'If I continue doing this I'll never have the courage to make a film.' She is a very good painter. She agreed to support him while he went away to NYU and performed very well there."
The Contest fell into Shabana's lap suddenly.
"Manish approached me out of the blue through Ayesha Dharker. I really enjoyed this film."