Thursday, October 21, 2021

Pooja Chopra: Was taken on for AIYAARY without audition

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Actress Pooja Chopra, who features in Neeraj Pandey's AIYAARY, says it was a huge compliment for her when the filmmaker got her on board for the movie without an audition.

Pooja was earlier a part of Pandey's short film OUCH.

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"I think it is a huge compliment that he showed faith in me and trusted me to play such a strong character. When we were doing workshops, he praised me for my work. But the fact that he called me for his next immediate film without an audition, that's a huge compliment," she said.

Was there performance pressure when working with a filmmaker like Pandey?

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"I was very happy because I felt the pressure during OUCH and he had seen my potential and talent at that time. I just didn't want to disappoint him and his fate in me. And I am glad to have had the chance to work with him again."

Pooja, who debuted in Bollywood with COMMANDO, was asked how were the characters of AIYAARY and COMMANDO different.

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She said: "My character in COMMANDO was that of the girl next door. She was just a normal girl. There was no need to transform myself.

"But here, Maya Semwal exhibits no girly traits. She is a man among men. Both the characters are very diverse. In fact, the character I played in the short film OUCH, is also completely different.

"In OUCH, I am a lady who has an extramarital affair. I am glad I got to play three different roles and they were all challenging in their own way."

On what makes being a part of AIYAARY special, the former Miss India said: "AIYAARY is very special because it is with a director I always wanted to work with, which is a very rare chance, especially for a girl to get a chance to play such a strong performance-oriented character is not easy."

The movie features Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee as army officers in a storyline that brings corruption within the system to the forefront.

The film also features Rakul Preet Singh, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher. It will release on Friday.

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