Aruna Shields was reluctant to sign Mr Singh...
Actress Aruna Shields, who has done some nude sequences in Mr Singh & Mrs Mehta, a film that revolves around infidelity, says she was initially wary of doing the role of an emotionally devastated woman.Updated: Jun 26, 2010 19:58 IST
Actress Aruna Shields, who has done some nude sequences in Mr Singh & Mrs Mehta, a film that revolves around infidelity, says she was initially wary of doing the role of an emotionally devastated woman.
The Indo-British actress says she had no problem with the nudity in the movie but was not sure whether she will be able to do justice to the role.
"Pravesh (director) came to London and met me. We had a couple of more meetings. Initially, I was not very keen but he convinced me that I could do this role. As far as nudity is concerned I had no problem with that," Shields told PTI.
The actress plays the character of Neera Mehta, a relationship columnist, whose world comes crashing down when she realises that her husband is having an affair.
Determined to encounter the mistress, she meets her unsuspecting husband Ashwin (Prashant Narayanan), who is a painter. Drawn together by shame and anger, they find comfort in thier growing friendship as Neera becomes Ashwin's muse and lover in the movie, which released this Friday.
Debutante director Pravesh Bhardwaj recently said that 60 actresses had turned down the role, which finally went to Shields.
"It was a difficult role because in every scene I had to know exactly where my character stood. In the beginning she is very confused. She feels devastated and in her pain she finds solace in another man. It is a weakness but she turns it into her strength. She is a better woman by the end of it all. But portraying these changes was difficult," she said.
Shields, who made her debut in Bollywood with Vivek Oberoi starrer 'Prince', does not consider her role in the movie glamorous.
"It is an arthouse film and I don't think I play a glamorous role. Yes, there are some nude painting sequences in it but they have been aesthetically shot. But my character is very simple. The scenes are not meant to sensationalise things but are crucial to the plot," she said.
Shields says she was drawn by Bhardwaj's vision and the script.
"I love arthouse, independent cinema and I like working with people who don't compromise and follow their vision. It does not matter how much money they have. If I can help someone's dream come to reality, why not. The director was a pleasure to work with. He trusted me for this complex role," she said.
Language is another problem area for Shields, who has grown up in London, but the actress says she meticulously works on her lines to fight the problem.
"I do a lot of homework. I know the words in Hindi but when I try to construct sentences grammatically, I kind of suffer. But I think lines are not that important as the emotion behind them. I know what the lines mean and I work hard to get it right," Shields said.
The actress has an international film that is releasing in September and she is planning to take up theatre again in London.
"I have another release coming out in September then I plan to do more theatre in London. I am just keeping an open mind and going with the flow. It is my third trip to India and I am meeting people I want to work with," she adds.
First Published: Jun 26, 2010 19:55 IST