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Soha on a lookout for interesting roles

She is ready with her next release, reports Diganta Guha. I won?t expose

india Updated: May 01, 2006 14:27 IST

Soha Ali Khan is on the lookout for interesting roles, no matter how big or small the banner. HT City caught up with the actor who, post Rang De Basanti, is ready with her next release - Shivam Nair’s Ahista Ahishta with Abhay Deol.

Rang De Basanti’s success: We all are overwhelmed by the response to the film. There was no expectation, at least, commercially. We all wanted to be a part of the film. It was dealing with the subject in a different way and the film meant a lot to all of us.

Choice of roles: I have always judged a film on the basis of a storyline and, of course, my character. The best part about Ahista Ahista is that it is a very real film. The character has subtlety and there are situations that I can relate to. I was eager to do a single-heroine film and I also liked the director’s style of functioning. He is very intelligent.

Soha Ali Khan is on the lookout for interesting roles, no matter how big or small the banner.

Friendship factor: The film is on friendship. I play a girl from Nainital who comes to live in old Delhi. It is about the incidents that take place in a big city and their effect. It is about how she opens up and her relationship with Abhay’s character. I liked the film because it is natural. The situations and the characterisation is not extreme. 

Preparations for the film: I am familiar with Delhi, but in the film I had to show that I am not. My director wanted me to be somebody who is not from the city. He wanted that newness in the character. So, he asked me not to attend the workshops. My character is a very normal girl and romantic. The difference between her and me is that she is not confident.

Humour quotient: It is not a comedy, but certainly has comical aspects to it. There are characters that add humour to the film. It is a very sensitive and romantic film.

Working with Abhay: He had a very difficult character to portray as he has never lived in Old Delhi. Abhay is the kind of a guy who makes you relax. But once the camera starts rolling he is a different person. He takes his work seriously and he also wears his heart on his sleeve.    

Looking inwards: I never set myself any targets. I can’t say whether or not I am growing as an actor. The idea is to work with interesting people from whom I can learn. I am out to do interesting work.

Next in line: I have my English film Post Card and then there is Aparna Sen’s next, which may be made in Bengali, as well as Sudhir Mishra’s next film.