January 12, 2011 12:33:53 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
If Gul Panag is being seen in TURNING 30 today, it is not just because of the banner (Prakash Jha productions) or the script (which reflects modern India's sensibilities. It is also due to way first time director Alankrita Shrivastava etched out her character of Naina that made Gul go for the film.
"Alankrita is very much like me", smiles Gul, "The moment I met her, I could sense that our sensibilities were matching. She isn't someone who wants her actors to act loudly. She belongs to that school of cinema where a point can be made in a subtle tone as well. Also she knows how to present her characters and understands how the medium of cinema is meant to be used even if a film is dealing with real situations."
"This is the reason why when my character in the film is going out somewhere, she is very-very modern, real and glamorous. She has to be presented well because she has that social standing", Gul continues to talk, "On the other hand if she is having a bad hangover after a wild night, she would bear an appearance that will be all over the place. There isn't any compromise on such aspects."
Today as the film is nearing towards the release, Gul is happy with the way there has been a gradual built up in its promotion. Since the film was being helmed by a first timer, Gul was initially a tad apprehensive if it would be pitched on a good scale. However what she experienced left her totally surprised.
"Let me be very honest here, the scale of the film has turned out to be much bigger than I had expected", confesses Gul, "Not just the end product, even for the promotion of the film, the amount of money which has been spent on creating awareness is terrific. For a film of this scale, the buzz is fantastic. I couldn't have asked for more."
Also starring Purab Kohli and Siddharth Makkar, TURNING 30 has music by Siddharth-Suhas and releases all over this Friday.