The realistic cinema maker Madhur Bhandarkar has now come up with his glamourous and sizzling hot CALENDAR GIRLS! We exclusively interviewed one such ‘Calendar Girl' Avani Modi and asked the gorgeous debutante about her journey from southern cinema to Bollywood, debut film CALENDAR GIRLS, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, doing bold scenes and much more. However, this is only the first part of Avani Modi's interview. Stay tuned for the second part which will be out subsequently…
Here are the excerpts:
How did acting happen to you? You have also worked in many South Indian films.
Yeah. I even wanted to be an actress and I was doing theatre in my college days in Gujarat. And then I thought of taking it professionally. So I told my parents about it and they told me to come to Mumbai. So with their permission, I came to Mumbai, where I started doing theatre again because I didn't have any contacts in the industry. Then, I took up small modelling assignments and all. That's how I started and I got an opportunity to work down south in one of the Tamil films. I have done two Tamil films and one International short film ‘Gulabee' which has won many awards. Last year, I met Madhur ji and it took me one and half months to get through CALENDAR GIRLS. That's how CALENDAR GIRLS happened.
''It's a dream-come-true for every actress to work with Madhur Bhandarkar''
Since you have worked in Tamil movies, how is Bollywood different from southern cinema?
It isn't really different. Nowadays, after seeing BAHUBALI, you can't differentiate. Because Tamil and Telugu industries are equally important and you can say that they are the next competitors of Bollywood. So the only difference is the culture difference. In Bollywood, we have north culture; the films made here belong to north Indian culture. But in south industry, heroes are given more priority. 95% films there are hero-oriented. So, being an actress and to make your own identity over there, it's just like heroines are there only to play heroines in the film, whereas in Bollywood, we have place for female-centric films, a single heroine can run the film on her shoulder. That isn't the case in south film industry, I mean it's very difficult. Apart from that, the people are very punctual over there. In Mumbai, we are little bit pampered. In south, they work really very hard and they are very strict because you can't show tantrums and act smart. You have to be humble, polite and co-operate. Whereas in Bollywood, staff is given more priority and pampered, have more liberty as compared to Tollywood. So yeah, that's the difference.
How was your experience working with a maverick filmmaker like Madhur Bhandarkar?
Oh it was a lovely experience! It's a dream-come-true for every actress to work with Madhur Bhandarkar. Moreover, I got that opportunity in my first film. So it's wonderful working with him.
'If I wouldn't have done CALENDAR GIRLS, then I would've been called a fool'
Was CALENDAR GIRLS your dream project?
Of course. I was trying and looking for at least a good production house and a good filmmaker to direct me when I started. It was a dream to work with Madhur Bhandarkar. I never dreamt of working in CALENDAR GIRLS, but yes I always wanted to work with Madhur ji, and when I got this opportunity how could I miss it. If I wouldn't have done it, then I would've been called a fool.
What were your parents' reaction after you signed CALENDAR GIRLS?
They loved it. My family is very supportive so both my parents are very happy, and they're just looking forward to the film. They've not seen the film yet so they'll be watching it now.
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