December 6, 2011 03:22:20 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
From HAUNTED, newcomer Tia Bajpai has moved on to another film LANKA where she is playing a tormented character. To enact two tough roles at the very beginning of her career was a tough call for Tia and if she has managed to get it right without many hiccups, she has her mentor Vikram Bhatt to thank.
'I am lucky that I worked with someone like Vikram sir in my first film,' Tia sounds delighted here, 'That experience is coming in handy for all the work that I am doing now. It has become far better for me to understand the nuances better.'
However, since it was director Maqbool Khan and not Vikram Bhatt calling the shots for LANKA (Vikram is basically presenting the film), didn't she miss her mentor's presence on the sets?
''Since Maqbool anyways knew the script inside out, I didn't feel like reaching out to anyone else for help or guidance. Also, the best part about Sir is that he doesn't interfere,' she says, 'He gave Maqbool full freedom to make the film in the way he wanted and never came up with this command that 'See, I am Vikram Bhatt so listen to me'. That really worked for everyone involved.'' CHECK OUT: Tia- LANKA is a modern day adaptation of Ramayana!
As is a known fact, this modern day tale has Manoj Bajpai playing Raavan while Arjan Bajwa is enacting the part of Vibhishan. Even though the makers claim that they have taken reference from a real life incident, can one really ignore the religious element to the story?
''See, in any case none of us are named after any of the mythological characters; the only pointer here is Lanka and that basically is an indicative of the empire that Manoj's character has built in Bijnor,' says Tia, 'I don't see why anyone's religious sentiments should be hurt.''