After a long gap, Lisa Ray is all prepped up to be seen in ISHQ FOREVER opposite Jaaved Jafferey. We exclusively spoke to the actress about her character in the movie, what made her choose the role and how has life changed overall.
Here are some excerpts:
What is your character all about?
I'm playing a RAW agent. For me personally it's interesting that I haven't seen a character like her. I'm playing an older women close to my age. She's independent, strong, powerful, successful - someone who has a gun and can kick men's butts. On top of that, we also have a different and interesting dynamics - I come across my ex husband Jaaved Jafferey and we have unresolved issues, but interestingly are on a mission to rescue the PM's daughter. It's all about what happens when you come face-to-face with your ex. It's also relevant with divorces happening in Bollywood these days. People are wondering if ishq actually lasts forever.
So do you believe that ishq lasts forever?
Absolutely. Ishq lasts forever, but sometimes relationships don't last forever. That's two separate things.
What was your experience playing a divorced RAW agent?
Well, we did some training in action and I worked with someone who trains commandos in India. I watch the films not only for action scenes, but also body language. As an actor, I love to immerse myself. I have been working abroad for the last 10 years, but the physicality of a character is equally important like anything else.
'I don't frankly want to play the main heroine unless it's a completely different storyline'
Is there a person your character has taken inspiration from?
How did you bag the movie?
Basically the producer and writer Shabbir Boxwala, an old friend, called me up last year and I was settling between Mumbai and Hong Kong. When I was renovating my house in Mumbai and moving to Hong Kong, I was already working on another film. I wanted to get back to acting but last year was a little premature. Shabbir spoke to me about the role and I found it a fun script so had to say yes. Plus it was going to be shot in South Africa which is my favourite place in the whole world.
You have come back to Bollywood after long...
Yes. But I wouldn't call it my second innings because I've been doing a lot of work abroad. I don't plan anything and have a very rich and diverse working culture abroad. For me, I have a problem. I don't think in terms of border. I don't find the difference in Indian and International cinema. Having said that, I'm very happy to be back in Indian cinema. It was always a part of my plan, and I think it's an interesting time to be in Hindi cinema - with more interesting scripts and role for women. I kind of do my own thing and define success in my own films.
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