Perizaad Zorabian chat
Perizaad Zorabian represents a new kind of Bollywood heroine. Not the coy actress of yore but funny and sexy. Post her debut in Nagesh Kukunoor's Bollywood Calling, she is gearing up for her next two releases, Jogger's Park and Mumbai Matinee. The films fit into what has now emerged as the urban Indian sensibility. Read the transcript of a chat with her on July 11.india Updated: Sep 03, 2003 16:32 IST
madhulika: What kind of role do you play in Jogger's Park?
Perizaad Zorabian: I play a girl called Jenny who is the epitome of today's youth - she is independent and headstrong and lives life to the fullest and on her own terms.
ronita: What is your favourite exercise? Except jogging I mean.
Perizaad Zorabian: Dancinggggggggggggg. I am extremely passionate about dancing and have learnt western classical ballet for 12 years
laughingbuddha: Tell us more about your background.
Perizaad Zorabian: I belong to a family of entrepreneurs and am Iranian.
sujata: Jogging is as good as for mind as for body. How good is Jogger's Park for entertainment?
Perizaad Zorabian: Jogger's Park as in the place is a great place to be in - clean and gets a variety of people coming in and as a film it is a light sweet romantic tale. I hope you as an audience find it entertaining. It is an honest simple film that has stayed true to its storyline without trying to cater to any typical audience.
shailja: I saw you in Bollywood Calling and you were just amazing! Was it difficult to get a Bollywood role after doing a satire on the industry?
Perizaad Zorabian: Thanks so much for the compliment - yes it was difficult, but I have no regrets about Bollywood Calling as my debut film. I loved my character Kajol in it.
rajkumar3: Hi, we really miss you on TV. Do you plan to appear on it again or you have left it for good.
Perizaad Zorabian: Well, now I am focusing on a film career and unfortunately the Indian audience doesn't accept you as a heroine once you are on TV unlike the US. So yes, TV will get a break for a while but I am sure I will return to it someday.
ms_koshta: Do you intend to work in art films?
Perizaad Zorabian: No, I just wanted to do good work - be it in theatre or TV or films. I lucked out with Bollywood Callingand my path kind of got fixed with that film, I do want to also do commercial films - as an actress I want to experience the entire spectrum of Indian cinema
paintal: You look just out of the world on the promos! When can we see Jogger's Park?
Perizaad Zorabian: Gosh, out of the world - that's a huge exaggeration - but thanks a ton, you are boosting my morale and I need that real bad - am nervous about the release that's now slated for August 8th.
aravinthsrini: is the story heroine based?
Perizaad Zorabian: Its about two people - Jenny and JC. But yes, Jenny is the spirit of the film.
zuzupus: well I'm Arun from Germany I loved your acting in Bollywood Calling. In fact all my German friends loved the way you as act.
Perizaad Zorabian: Gosh, thank you Arun - I hope you get to watch Jogger's Park and Mumbai Matinee. Both release in August and both are real fun films.
rajkumar3: Nowadays every heroine right from Priyanka to Lara has started to follow the trend of less (clothes) is better. Do you intend to follow the same trend?
Perizaad Zorabian: No - I am very uncomfortable with nudity - and I don't have the best body.
ms_koshta: Would you agree to expose in your coming films if the story demands so?
Perizaad Zorabian: Each actor is comfortable with certain things - I am far more comfortable doing a kissing scene than wearing something overtly sexy. It just isn't me and I can't carry it off.
prettyash: Subhash Ghai usually changes the name of his heroines? What happened in your case?
Perizaad Zorabian: Well, he didn't with Kareena and Aishwarya - besides people already know me as Perizaad Zorabian from Bollywood Calling so it would be senseless to change it at this stage.
sweetiepooh: How did you prepare for the role in Jogger's Park? It seems to be quite challenging for an actress.
Perizaad Zorabian: Yes it was challenging but she's such a well-written character that it was very easy. She's very real and spontaneous and fun and passionate and I relate to those emotions.
rajkumar3: Please don't say you don't have good body. We would like you to follow the trend.
Perizaad Zorabian: Well I am not comfortable following that trend so lets just keep it to the acting.
laughingbuddha: What other films are you working on at present?
Perizaad Zorabian: Well I have Morning Raga with Shabana Azmi and Tanuja Chandra's next - Stardust.
Ashok: Why do you work with all movies that have an English title?
Perizaad Zorabian: I hope to change that in the future. I am going to really try and do a hardcore commercial film in the future.
winniethepooh: How was it working for Subhash Ghai when you had refused working in Yaadein earlier?
Perizaad Zorabian: Well, he is a wonderful man - he respected my decision and never held it against me. That's what I admire about him - his policy on live and let live.
falguni: Which are some of your favorite scenes in Jogger's Park that we should keep extra watch on?
Perizaad Zorabian: The last scene of the film with Jenny and JC and my 'hubba hubba' song.
bobbyjos: How would you rank your acting on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest)?
Perizaad Zorabian: 4 - I still have a long way to go as an actress. Ineed to learn the craft. I am still too instinctive and need to learn more about the medium - the technical aspects of filmmaking.
asharma: How many hours have you spent jogging for the Jogger's Park?
Perizaad Zorabian: Well I live 5 minutes from Jogger's Park so have spent half my life there - we friends used to hang out at the park every evening. But shooting the film - 15 days.
tanya: You look much better than most actresses, act very well, dance well and I heard that you are an MBA. Shouldn't other actresses just give up?
Perizaad Zorabian: Nah. I need to get a lot of things right - in fact competition is healthy and good and makes one want to excel.
ms_koshta: Which actors do you admire the most?
Perizaad Zorabian: Aamir Khan and Akshay Khanna and Tabu and Kajol. It is disrespectful to give a gender to an actor - in theatre school abroad we were taught to make no distinctions between men and women - everyone is an ACTOR.
bobbyjos: Please tell me what you did before movies?
Perizaad Zorabian: Well I studied and got an MBA and also went to a world-renowned theatre school called Lee Strasberg.
shamita: You said that you relate yourself to Jenny. How you and Jenny are close as a person?
Perizaad Zorabian: Very close - but she's very much the person I want to be. She's much stronger than I am in real life and she takes the good and bad with the same attitude. That's what I wish I had. I let bad things affect me and pull me down.
k_sank: If you get a chance to act in Hollywood movies will you accept it ? And if yes, will you accept kissing scenes?
Perizaad Zorabian: Yes, I would love to be part of Hollywood and world cinema. If the kiss is essential in the film, then yes. I would do it.
jessica: Do people still call you Maya?
Perizaad Zorabian: Yeah people definitely call me Maya and that shows you the power of television and a well-written character.
shashank: What does your name mean?
PerizaadZorabian: Perizaad means Queen of Angels. (blushing)
rajahindustani: What all will one like in Jogger's Park?
Perizaad Zorabian: The simplicity and the honesty in the story telling. The real characters and the background music. You must hear the CD - its fabulous.
woogie: Your last movie, Bollywood Calling, was a super-hit. So you have a 100% record! What makes a movie hit? And how do you think JP will fare?
Perizaad Zorabian: With one release having a 100% record isn't that difficult. I hope and pray JP does well. It is really a different film so the audience will either reject it or accept it and make it a huge hit. That will be something else. Wow.
raj_0251: Perizaad, please take this as a compliment -you are truly different in your attitude than all the other actresses.
Perizaad Zorabian: Thanks so much - people always tell me I need to throw more attitude to be a star and I know if I change and put on an act being an actress will be a huge burden. I enjoy being an actress and I am glad I can just be me.
aravinthsrini: What's would you be if you were not actress?
Perizaad Zorabian: A businesswoman. I am really good at that and far more secure and confident as an entrepreneur. As an actress a lot is not in your control but with a business you are your own master.
sona: You look hep in Samsung ads. Are you really a freshitarian?
Perizaad Zorabian: He he! Thanks. Well I try and eat healthy and have a fresh exciting attitude towards life. I am trying to be healthy in mind and body - its important especially when you are an actress - our lives are so stressful.
haroonjamil: Will you like to visit Pakistan if a Pakistani filmmaker makes an offer?
Perizaad Zorabian: Why not, if I like the script. I will do a film anywhere in the world. I am not anti - Pakistan and really believe we should all learn to co-exist.
shreya45: What do u think about the music of Jogger's Park?
Perizaad_Zorabian: I love the music of JP. It has got such a great variety.
raj_0251: Being a Parsi , you still have very good Hindi diction.
Perizaad Zorabian: Well, thank you. I have worked very hard on my language and it is still not perfect but I have come a long way.
chintan: Do you think fan worship is part of the package or do you consider it an occupational hazard? Any crazy fan incidents?
Perizaad Zorabian: No crazy fan incidents. I think its great when your audience appreciates you - fans is a very strong word - I don't want to be hero-worshiped. I just want my work to be accepted.
shreya45: What about the relations with your co-stars in the film
Perizaad Zorabian: Victor Banerjee is wonderful - a fabulous actor and a great human being. I adore him and respect him and that chemistry has translated on screen. I have been very lucky with my co-stars.
First Published: Jul 11, 2003 18:34 IST