The next few days are an acid test for Raima Sen. She is up on trial on Eklavya and Honeymoon Travels
Pvt Ltd (which releases next month). TWF correspondent Vickey Lalwani chats up the happening
You play a mentally challenged girl in Eklavya?
Yes. I play Nandini, Prince Yashwardhan's (Saif Ali Khan) sister. She is like an eight year old trapped in the
body of a 25 year old.
So how did you prepare for it?
Pradeep Sarkar (who directed Parineeta) auditioned me about three or four times, and he told me to observe
children and their behaviour. Every time I went to Vidhu's home, I would minutely observe his daughter Zuni.
Vidhu and I had discussions about how Nandini would speak, and about her mannerisms.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra is said to be a tough task master?
Yes. For the song Chanda re, I had to learn to fly a kite. I did not read the script properly, and missed it. So
I did not learn how to fly a kite. He got annoyed then.
So how was that scene shot?
We had to cheat by showing the action of flying a kite, but there was no kite there.
You have a kissing scene with Kay Kay in Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. Were you told about the kissing
I had been clearly told that there was a kiss for me in this film.
You were very uncomfortable in the kissing scene with Kay Kay?
Yes, both I and Kay Kay were very uncomfortable before the shot. The director Reema had to justify to us
that the kiss was essential. Before the kiss was shot, Kay Kay and I shot another scene which required us
to get intimate.
Both scenes were canned on the same day. Once the initial hiccups were
overcome, we went ahead and shot a beautiful scene. I can't tell you more about the kiss because it would
give away the surprise element in my track.
Kay Kay and I are shown as a couple on their honeymoon. We are not showing anything unnatural in their
kiss. But it's not something drastic, like the Aamir-Karisma liplock in Raja Hindustani or Hrithik-Aishwarya's
in Dhoom 2.
Honestly speaking, it's a cheat kiss (A cheat kiss means you 'cheat' the audiences
into thinking that the on-screen couple is indulging in a serious lip-lock with the help of clever camera
angles). What matters in the end is that the shot was done effectively.
Tell us about your forthcoming films?
Incidentally, I have three films and all three start with M and are English names (laughs). Manorama- Six
Feet Under: The film is a thriller starring Abhay Deol, Gul Panag and me, directed by ad filmmaker
debutante Navdeep. Abhay and Gul play a married couple.
Then I have Migration, a film directed
by Mira Nair and stars Shiney Ahuja, Irrfan Khan, me and Sameera Reddy. I am a village belle Yamuna
paired opposite Shiney.
Third is Meridian. The film, directed by debutant director Vinay Mitra,
stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Irrfan Khan, me and Soha Ali Khan. I play a film
heroine who is having an affair with her director; Arjun Rampal plays a 70-year old man who was crazy
about her in his previous birth.
Any dream roles?
I would love to do all of them. I am extremely greedy. There is so much I want to do. I have too many
dreams to fulfill. I hope I can fulfill them in this lifetime.
Are you happy with the way your career is shaping up?
I am very focused and working extremely hard. Movies are part of my life. Earlier I used to have more
hobbies which I cannot pay attention to now because movies take up all my time.