After having made her mark in the South, Pia Bajpai is having her Bollywood debut with this week's release LAAL RANG. Get to know the actress better in the interview conducted…
Here are the excerpts:
What was the most interesting part about the movie for you?
My character is named Poonam Sharma and she's from Saharanpur, a small town in UP. So the requirement of my character - the way she walks, talks, looks - I could really relate to that because I'm from a very small town. Till 12th I was like that. So I didn't have to do much, except for delete my journey after 12th. The story was very good - about blood bank smuggling, where a movie on that topic hasn't been made. I wanted to work with Randeep Hooda. Afzal has done YOUNGISTAAN before and that movie has a song 'Suno Na Sangemar' which was my absolute favourite! Because of these points, I thought about doing the film.
Did you audition for it?
Yeah. 6 pages! It was like a complete shoot for me. During that audition, there were proper lights, camera and Akshay and me shot for 6 scenes there. While giving the audition, I was sure that I bagged the film after looking at people's reactions.
Do you relate to your character?
Mostly. My character is from Ittava, and I was a tomboy there, at that time - used to roam around in a jeep and beat guys. Poonam doesn't do that. She has some knowledge about bikes, but wouldn't beat boys. Poonam finds herself trendy and smart, which was there in me. I used to think I'm the only star and everybody else is stupid. Poonam cannot be underplayed or overplayed, so they were just lucky to get me, because I relate to her so much!
What preparation went into the role?
Nothing at all. Afzal sir asked me to chill when I told him I should do some homework. He just asked me to forget the grooming part I learnt in Mumbai. I used to roam around my house for 2-3 days, called up my old friends (Poonam used to call people bhai sahib) and when I called one of my friend bhai sahib because of the auditions in 2 days time, he asked me to call up after 2 days. While shooting, I used to call everybody bhai sahib, except Randeep. I wouldn't ever call him that in this life! Although Akshay has heard that from me, and even told me he's not my brother.
'Akshay Oberoi and me were destined to work together'
Tell us something about your chemistry with Akshay?
We were destined to work together. We have auditioned twice earlier too. Once we auditioned together and the other time, separately for the same film. When Akshay came for auditions of LAAL RANG, I told him that if this doesn't work, then I wouldn't ever work with him. We had a lot of comfort level. I'm not short-tempered, but immediately react on some situations, but Akshay doesn't. So I learnt a lot of things then. My anger is like a bubble, which will burst and then calm down. People don't appreciate a lot of honesty, so I had to learn to control my anger.
And how about working with Randeep?
It was amazing. I'm not saying this because I've done a film with him, but even before signing the papers I told my manager Kunal M Shah that I really want to work with Randeep. This is when Kunal wasn't my manager, but 5 days within him turning my managed, I bagged a film with Randeep. That moment felt like what I was wishing for since long, was just there!
Is there a kissing scene in LAAL RANG?
Yes. Between me and Akshay. Now it's a different thing that when it was shot, that time it was front but in the movie, they've kept the back shot.
Were you comfortable?
I asked Afzal sir for a rehearsal bit he refused for this particular scene. Watching the film, I saw that there's only the back shot. I said if that was the case then why to make us kiss?
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