While it was a dream come true for southern siren Akanksha Puri to make debut with Madhur Bhandarkar’s film CALENDAR GIRLS, she was equally nervous and underconfident about it initially.
Akanksha shares, “For any newcomer to do a debut with Madhur Bhandarkar is a dream come true. When this happened to me I was very excited and happy to be part of it. But I had nervousness because I thought they are looking for supermodel, or those who have that background, as I have never been a model. I have always been only an actor. I have never walked the ramp or even wore a bikini in my life. So, I was also not sure but Madhur sir was very confident about me. When I met him, he made it everything easy for me. He said that you are very close to the character of my film and that’s why you are in.”
As Akanksha has never don bikinis in real life, ask if she was comfortable wearing it in CALENDAR GIRLS and that we will see the girls mostly in bikinis (going by the promos & teasers) and she says, “I think that was even my mindset and in fact everybody is thinking the same. But frankly it’s not at all like that. It’s way apart… It’s not just about bikini girls there’s more to it. My confusion was cleared when I heard the script. It’s the story of the girls after calendar shoot. What happens to their life? So calendar shoot is just in the beginning. How their life changes after that and how their life takes them after that. It’s an emotional journey of five different girls who come from five different parts of the country. It’s about models, but there are no explicit scenes or skin show.”
Madhur’s films are known to show the grim realities and sometimes the characters in his films also have grey shades. However, none of the girls are negative here. “My character is positive. In fact none of the girls are shown negative in the movie. It’s just that everybody faces different phases in their life what all they experience good or bad everything. There is nothing negative about these girls,” reveals Akanksha.
On a light hearted note we asked how many bikinis she has ultimately sported in CALENDAR GIRLS and Akanksha candidly said, “Just one and that too because it was part of the calendar shoot in the film!”
Also introducing Kyra Dutt, Avani Modi, Ruhi Singh, Satarupa Pyne, CALENDAR GIRLS is produced by Sangeeta Ahir and all set to release September 25, 2015.