Seen in two back-to-back bold Bollywood films, Tara Alisha Berry has no regrets and would rather even take up another erotica. In an interesting conversation, this pretty actress revealed some spicy details that you've got to look at.
Here are the excerpts:
You've been doing bold movies back-to-back...
It's just been by chance. My priority is to be acting and I hope to do that till I die. So for me, I've never looked at a film with that approach. In our industry, the sad thing is that there is kissing and lovemaking scenes in other films as well - only that they don't call themselves erotica while we are calling our film what it is. It is a bold story about 2 people who are playing sexual love games with people and what happens when by chance one of them falls in love. For me, I'm never going to choose a script in the future also keeping erotica in mind but always the director and story. So if tomorrow I do get offered an erotic film, but believe in the story and find a connection with the director, then I'm sure you'll see me in many such films. This film was more like a blessing for me because my character and her graph is beautiful in the film. She's a woman who's in an abusive relationship finding her strength through love. It's a beautiful story and again, something which is real and happening.
Is your character grey shaded?
This film is love in the times of lust. Patra depicts lust in the film while I'm love. I would like to say that for the first time we aren't playing the quintessential hero, heroine and villain. The film is about 3 very real people. Patra's character has grey shades. Even though I'm playing love and am the quintessential heroine, she's a very real person and not just another bubbly girl or damsel in distress. All 3 of us are multi-dimensional and not just grey, black or white. We are real people and in fact Patra's character is beautiful.
When did the acting keeda bite you?
Quite early on actually. I realized that I could only satisfy myself creatively on many different levels through the film life. Even in this film, we've been there from script level till now (including music sittings, editing). In MASTRAM also, we were there from beginning to end part of every creative step. Today directors and producers allow it to be an amalgamation of everyone's input. Mukesh uncle too constantly wanted us to go for marketing meeting and inputs. There are so many times you don't get that opportunity but when you do, it's a blessing. My father somehow wanted me to direct or screen write and learnt that after studying in California for 2 years. But I much prefer being an actor because it's very therapeutic emotionally and at the same time, there's an unimaginable amount of growth you can have as a person and unmounted number of knowledge you can have as an actor.
How did LOVE GAMES happen to you?
Kunal Shah who was casting for the film, set up a meeting with Vikram sir. I met Vikram sir when he was casting for 2-3 films. The meeting went very well and it seemed like he needed an actress urgently. I didn't hear from him for 2-3 days and thought maybe the project didn't work for me. By the time I decided that this isn't going to happen, I got a call from Mukesh uncle 2 weeks later. He asked me to come to office and I was offered the film.
"Being an actor is very therapeutic emotionally"
Any other genre you're looking to work in right now?
All others. More than genres, I'd like to work with certain directors like Imtiaz Ali (I'd just love to work with him), Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikram sit again, Anurag Basu, Ayaan Mukerji, Aanand L Rai - basically with directors who are working on real, relatable stories and characters because I know that I'll learn a lot.
Do you want to do regional films?
Of course! I've done Bengali short film 'Choker Bali' directed by Anurag Basu and Telugu films. I don't have problem with languages and pick up quite fast.
Is there a quality where you relate to your character on a personal level?
No yaar. It's been completely not me because Alisha is somebody who has a lot of gravitas and carries her pain around with her. She's an introvert who's very protective about her heart. I'm not like that. I give my heart away very easily, am very extrovert, one of those who's very loud and efflorescent all the time. With Alisha, it's all internal, but I'm very external and physically there socializing. I still feel I'm a little girly and immature sometimes, but she's a mature woman.
How do you deal with bringing real emotions on screens and were you a little uncomfortable in intimate scenes?
No. One gets uncomfortable doing anything that makes you feel vulnerable - whether in an intimate or normal scene with or without dialogues. When you're there in a scene emotionally, you feel uncomfortable. I think that happens to everyone. Maybe a normal scene wouldn't take that much time as compared to the vulnerable scenes where you have to make an effort to strip down. I'm still growing and learning as an actor. When you shoot a film outdoor, it's really helpful because you aren't in a normal environment and are engulfed in that part and film.
Your future projects?
I'm doing 2 more films with Vishesh Films. Apart from that, I'm in talks with another production house as well.
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