Aamna Shariff talks to gomolo.in about Aloo Chaat in her life and experience of moving from television to big screen
I love Aloo Chaat and I also like all the possible varieties of chaat. It′s quite funny that my debut film is titled Aloo Chaat but on a more serious note it totally goes with the flow and mood of the film. I don′t think we could have asked for a better title than Aloo Chaat. In fact my favourite dish is Aloo Chaat but apart from this I also like Sev Puri and Pani Puri.
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How do you like your Aloo Chaat?
I think it should be a combination of everything. In this film too it′s a combination of everything. The film has a combination of romance, love, fun and all the characters are so sweet in the film, so actually it should be a combination of everything.
Ok, Aamna was the transition from TV world to filmdom was difficult or easy for you?
It was not really difficult; I mean I had thought initially that it would be way more difficult. Yes, it was a pretty big decision on my end to leave television for a bit and jump on to films but this is something that I had always wanted to do. I am very glad and happy that finally I am doing this. But yes the most difficult part was when I took a break for an year, a lot of people told me that I am making a mistake and it′s a big risk but I feel that what′s life without taking risks.
Ok, while shooting for the film, did it help you in any way that you have worked for television before?
Not really and that′s only because it′s a sheer coincidence, it′s not that I was looking out for a character like this that I don′t want to go glamorous in a film. It all happened by chance that I came across the script and I really liked the script. Obviously it would have been a stupidity on my part just to say no or refuse the script only because it requires me to don Indian attire. All I can say is that the character I portrayed in my TV serial and the one I am playing in this film are poles apart from each other.
Tell us a bit about your role in the film?
Well, I am playing a Muslim girl who is born and brought up in the US. She is been working there with Nikhil, which is portrayed by Aftab in the film and it′s also for the first time that she comes to Delhi, India and thereafter the entire journey of the character begins. I play this sweet simple bubbly girl who is independent and comes to India alone.
Does the success of TV actors like Prachi Desai and Rajiv Khandelwal add extra pressure on you?
Not at all, in fact I am really happy that my colleagues are doing well in films. At least one misconception is getting cleared that TV actors don′t really work out when it comes to films. I don′t know why people ever felt that way. I personally feel that the entire lot of TV actors is very talented and we face camera probably more than anyone else, it′s like 20 to 22 hours in a day. I am happy that my colleagues like Prachi and Rajiv have done so well and I hope that now more people will take to this as an opportunity. Now our talent would be recognized in films too.
Aamna, how difficult was it for you to break the mould of Kashish?
Not really and that was the precise reason that why I took break for a year. Fortunately by God′s grace my character was very popular and it was important for me that people go to cinema halls and watch an Aamna Shariff film and not Kashish.
You were also linked with Aftab when the shooting of the film was on. How true is it?
I will only say that it has happened to me in the past as well. It′s not that I have not experienced this. My on screen chemistry with Rajiv Khandelwal was very good and then the next thing was that people tried to link both of us. My pair with Rajiv was such a huge success. I felt slightly pressurized that people might not like my pair immediately with any other actor but I am fortunate that people are liking mine and Aftab′s chemistry in the film, so it′s like part and parcel. When people like a particular chemistry then they also like to see both the characters in real life too but they forget one thing that real life is very different from reel life. In front of the camera, it′s a different world altogether.
Ok, finally during the shoot of the film how many plates of Chaat you devoured?
I just had so much of it. When you see the film, it′s all very symbolic because there is a Aloo Chaat stall which is visible in the important sequences of the film. We used to keep having it from morning till night. I used to say this to Robby, the director of the film that now we are tired of having Aloo Chaat but over all it was a great experience. By the end of it all the women from the unit decided that they would make Aloo Chaat henceforth. It was a fantastic experience.
Thanks a lot.