Bollywood actress Sarah Jane Dias is considering herself to be very lucky & blessed this year! And the reason is her films, ANGRY INDIAN GODSESSES (AIG) and ZUBAAN have made its way to two international film festivals. AIG won the Grolsch People's Choice first runner up award and ZUBAAN has premiered and opened at the Busan International Film Festival. We got in touch with the pretty actress for a one-on-one conversation and spoke to her about her films, her experience at Toronto, actresses she would love to playback for and more. Read on…
What is ANGRY INDIAN GODSESSES about?
ANGRY INDIAN GODSESSES is a film about seven women who are dealing with various issues that women in the country are facing today. Most or all women who watch the film will associate with one, two or more if not all the characters on some level. The film basically shows a side of women that I don't think has been shown so far. It is a female buddy film. It is a very honest and raw insight into what do women really talk about and what a woman is really feeling in today's day and age.
How did you decide on doing this film?
Pan Nalin is a director whose critical acclaim is quite vast and anyone in their right mind would want to work with a director like him. It was kind of no-brainer when I got a call for the meeting audition.
''Working with Pan Nalin attracted me towards AIG''
What attracted you the most toward the AIG?
As I told you, it was working with Pan Nalin that's what attracted me towards it. Also, the title of the film is really interesting. Beyond that I didn't ask too many questions, I trusted the process. This film was made very differently. We had a script but the script acted more like a guideline and Nalin is a very trusting director and he is very encouraging of the natural process of acting. So I didn't really have to cross question too much before I took the project. I didn't analyse or cross analyse. It was just a very natural process.
Since you're a singer, will we get to hear any of your tracks in the film?
We've actually all sung in the film, but some of the scenes have not made it to the final edit. I think the actual music production, there's one of Anushka Manchanda's original song that has made its way to the film, but it's still a process that's evolving and constantly changing. We're constantly doing things for the promotion, etc. So maybe I will, let's see.
ANGRY INDIAN GODSESSES was recently screened at TIFF, how was the response there and do you think it will help the film back here in India?
We had three screenings and we had one premiere, the worldwide premiere. We won the Grolsch People's Choice first runner up award which is a great honour. So I think that really says how the response was. We had standing ovations, we were getting recognized on the streets of Toronto, and people of Toronto were really warm and welcoming giving us the loveliest heartfelt complements. Whether it will help the release over here or no I don't know but we've already sold 32 countries for the reel.
When is the film releasing in India?
As soon as we have a release date, you'll know.
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