Bangla teen is Harry?s heart-throb
Asian actresses will get to share the screen space with Harry Potter, currently the hearththrob of millions of children.india Updated: Nov 09, 2005 12:58 IST
Harry Potter’s new film is the latest to join the Hollywood trend of casting actors from South Asia. In the forthcoming film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Firetwo Asian actresses will get to share the screen space with Harry Potter, currently the hearththrob of millions of children. The girls Shefali Chowduhry and Afshan Azadare second-generation Bangladeshis currently based in London.
They play the characters of the ‘Patil twins’ in the film slated for a worldwide release this November. Shefali and Afshan who play Harry and his best friend Ron’s dates for the Yule Ball say they are “overwhelmed” to be a part of this huge film. “I can’t describe what I feel right now when I await the release of the film. I feel very very privileged.
It’s an opportunity of a lifetime,” Shefali, who is in London, said. This 17-year-old who is pursuing her A-level in college and has sociology and religious studies as her subjects says she’s glad she did what interested her “the most”. “I was always interested in drama and even took it as a course earlier. So when this chance of acting in a film came my way, I was only too ready to take it,” she says.
It was different for 16-year-old Afshan also an A-level student learning Chemistry, Biology, English and media language in her college who auditioned for the role for pure kicks. “It was a total joke for me. The casting agents came to my school and my friends and I did it for fun. But I became very serious about the entire thing once I got in.”
Interestingly, since the Patil sisters in the original book, authored by JK Rowling, are twins of Asian origin, the casting agents of the film the fourth in the Harry Potter series spent time visiting schools in the Bradford area searching for the perfect pair of Asian girls. However, when they failed, they zeroed in on two girls, “who just had fantastic chemistry” between them. Hence, Shefali and Afshan studying in two different parts of London, were chosen.