Madhur Bhandarkar is known to cast famous names in his movies – Priyanka Chopra in FASHION, Kareena Kapoor Khan in HEROINE and Konkana Sen Sharma in PAGE 3 some examples. But this time around with CALENDAR GIRLS, he has got a girl gang of newcomers.
One such ‘Calendar girl’ is southern actress Avani Modi, whom we caught up with in an exclusive interview. When we asked her how nervous she was and if she felt any pressure, she replied, “There was pressure before I signed CALENDAR GIRLS. That’s because there was one month gap between me signing the film and starting the shoot. I felt the pressure of whether I would be able to reach his expectations or not at that time, because he has already launched big stars by then. And he is already a National Award Winner, not once, but he has won it four times. So I was in that pressure, but when I started shooting with Madhur ji, he said that he is more comfortable working with newcomers. He often says that working with newcomers is the best thing to do, because when you have stars, they come with certain baggage. And newcomers are like a blank slate – you can portray whatever you want.”
“His confidence made me more strong and confident. I met him two days before the shoot and told him, “Sir, bahut darr lag raha hai (I am very scared),” and he said, “Tension mat le. Main tujhpe tere se zyaada confident hoon (I am more confident about you than you are about yourself). Main tere se kaam nikalwa loonga (I will make you work). So after hearing his views on me, I was very confident and all my nervousness was gone,” she added.
We too believe in your confidence, and wish CALENDAR GIRLS is truly a dream project not only for you and the other girls, but also Madhur Bhandarkar!