‘Minissha Lamba’ faced the casting couch in Bollywood?
Your role in Corporate was quite minimal compared to your debut role. Why did you go in for that?“Madhur Bhandarkar spotted me in Yahaan and asked me to go for that role in Corporate. It was undoubtedly very minimal, but I didn’t want to miss out on the chance of working with a director of his calibre.”
“Madhur Bhandarkar spotted me in Yahaan and asked me to go for that role in Corporate. It was undoubtedly very minimal, but I didn’t want to miss out on the chance of working with a director of his calibre.”Have you faced the casting couch in Bollywood?
”Till date, I’ve had the experience of working with some great directors and co-stars. There are lots of ways in which one can be exploited, it doesn’t have to be sexual. Nobody can be victimised till they allow themselves to be.”
Tell us something about yourself ?
” I’m basically from Delhi but since my father was a hotelier I’ve travelled all over the country, in the sense I’ve been in Chennai, in Srinagar and in Mumbai now. But Delhi will always be home for me. I graduated in English from Miranda House but I was also doing some modelling while in college. What I always wanted was to become a war journalist.”
Was acting always what you wanted?
“No, not even in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be where I’m today. I never thought that I’d get to see myself on screen. It wasn’t too tough to convince my parents too. Like all parents, they too were a bit apprehensive, but they have got used to the whole thing now and are quite happy that I have settled down so fast.
How much did you expect from your debut film and did you match your expectations?
“Yahaan had a very good script and I was very comfortable working with Shoojit Sircar. And I had always been very particular not to expect anything much from my roles, that hardly pressurises me as a person. You finally end up getting your due. Completely from a non-filmi background, I’m firm that I’ll put my best foot forward by being picky about my projects. I’m not squeamish about intimate scenes, you cannot depict certain types of love without showing physical intimacy. But there’s a fine line between sensuality and vulgarity. I’ve watched that film 15 times now and realise that as an actor I’ve miles to go. “