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‘Irrfan is an acting school’

Deepal Shaw on her unusual pairing with Irrfan Khan, plays role previously essayed by Waheeda Rehman in Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster.
Hindustan Times | By Serena Menon, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2011 02:51 PM IST

Deepal Shaw has had a few releases to her credit, but people still remember her from the hit music video of the item song Kabhi aar, kabi paar…. But within the next few months, she plans on changing that perception for good.

The actor, who started out in the music industry at the age of 16, and is now 23, has bagged herself a role with Irrfan Khan in her next, Bangkok Blues. The film also stars Ranvir Shorey and is a romantic thriller. Shaw feels that it is a genre that isn’t commonly seen. "It isn’t a message giving film. It’s a one liner on the complexity of modern relationships interwoven within a thriller," says Shaw.

Being young, Shaw used her time with Khan and Shorey to learn all that she could. “I had two schools of acting around me — Irrfan and Ranvir. When you work with someone like Irrfan, you can graduate in acting by just observing him,” explains the young actor, adding, “I was a child when I did that music video and I got stereotyped at that time. So to get a role so complex with actors like these is a very great high of its own.” Shaw also recently finished shooting for Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s take on the classic film, Sahib, Biwi Aur Ghulam. Though the quadrangle from the original has been maintained in this version, the times have been altered.

Shaw will be seen essaying a role previously played by Waheeda Rehman. And she will be doing so, without seeing the classic. “I was asked to watch it, but before I got down to doing so, Tigmanshu asked me not to,” says Shaw, who being from UP herself, found it easier to perfect the nuances of her character, who is also from the northern state.

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