Q. How has the Bahamas trip been? A. It was simply amazing. This is the first time that a film has been shot in Bahamas and it is one of the most beautiful places in the world I have been to. The people were so friendly out there. It was the most challenging but yet amazing shoot that I have been to in my entire career. Shooting with 35 sharks around you and riding the turtles was really thrilling.
An excited Lara Dutta chats with Sonil Dedhia on how challenging it was shooting for Blue in Bahamas and how her 2008 is shaping up.
How has the Bahamas trip been?
It was simply amazing. This is the first time that a film has been shot in Bahamas and it is one of the most beautiful places in the world I have been to. The people were so friendly out there. It was the most challenging but yet amazing shoot that I have been to in my entire career. Shooting with 35 sharks around you and riding the turtles was really thrilling.
Youve learnt swimming also?
I was terrified of water. I almost drowned on my 15th birthday but once I signed the film I actually trained myself for five months in swimming. I learnt swimming in February this year from a national level competitive coach and after that I learnt diving I am a certified scuba diver now. You are not allowed to do diving unless you are properly trained.
How do you react when you are linked to Dino?
I dont react to such things. I have known these people for so many years and for me its not like new news.
Are you still in touch with Kelly?
Of course if you have shared 9 years of your life you cannot just drive them off.
Priyanka Chopra started with you, but now it seems she has more films than you, although your stress has been on quality over quantity
I am very happy with where I am right now in the industry. I have worked and I am working with the best directors in business. For me it has never been the case that I sign the film looking at my co-stars or the production banner, unless the role excites me and pushes me to do something new rather than just playing safe. Also I have never compared myself with anyone in the industry at the same time today with my contemporaries I feel all of us are doing well and there is no dearth of work per say we are all different.
More than 4 years in the industry do feel that your career has shaped up as you wanted? Do you regret doing movies?
I would say that if I today I was offered some of the movies that I did say yes to I would not do some of them in all probabilities but I had to do them to know that I wouldnt do setups like that so I dont regret any movies as the way it turned out instead I probably would regret it more of working in an experience of a set up like that.
How is Billoo Barber going? You were not the first choice for it (it was Amisha Patel). Dont you mind replacing some other actress?
I have turned down many a film before which has gone to other actress so there is work for everybody and its not that its happening only with me. The makers of the film know very much why they go an offer a film to a particular actor or an actress. With Billoo Barber some actresses had problems playing a mother of a child as for me I didnt have such kind of reservations as if you look one of my hits Partner had me playing a single mother. as an actor and you should be able to don all hats and play any roles convincingly enough. As for Blue I have no idea that the film was offered to Deepika.
Although youve been a competent actress, you still need that one big hit
But if you look at hits where only one actress is involved the movie is actually a hit because of the hero. I dont deny the fact that there have been women oriented movies which were hit but still today cinema as a whole is male centric and male dominated. Cinema has always been a reflection of what the society thinks and today our society is very male, macho. In the 50s and 60s during the Bimal Roy and Raj Kapoor time they movies were pretty women oriented and then in the 70s with the emergence of the hero the actress became more of damsels and distressed woman.
First up is Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai with Govinda it is being directed by Ravi Chopra and is a remake of the Hollywood Hit My Cousin Vinny. Thank god the production people have bought the rights of the movie (laughs). Then there is Sudhir Mishras Aur Devdas where I am playing Paro. After that is Blue and Billoo Barber, which is a very exciting project. My character defies social norms and the hassles of the village to marry a barber. And then there is Do Knot Disturb with Govinda again.