This National Award winning actress Geetanjali Thapa who is all set for her next release, Bioscopewala. The film is a remake of Rabindranath Tagore’s short story Kabuliwala, which also stars Danny Denzongpa. The film is directed by Deb Medhekar. Check out the trailer of the film here:
Isn’t it just too intense? So, we recently got a chance to talk to Geetanjali about the film, and the beautiful actress revealed a lot about the film, and herself too! Check out the snippets from the interview here:
How was it working with Deb Medhekar for the first time?
It was great, he is a task-master and very hard-working. He made us work very hard, but it was all worth it. I think we all got to know each other better because of a lot of workshops. We were all trying to work towards the same cause, and to a beautiful film.
Have you guys tried to create the same magic as of ‘Kabuliwala’ on the screen?
We’ve tried to create some magic. But this is our version or Sunil or Deb’s version of ‘What if?’ This is after ‘Kabuliwala’. This is ‘What if Mini grew up?’, ‘What happened to Kabuliwala?’ which is Bioscopewala in this. This is completely different take on Kabuliwala.
What made you choose this script?
I auditioned for this role, and when I read the script I was choked. The story was so moving that it stayed with me till the next day and I was like, Woww! I have to be a part of it. And, also as an actor to get such an opportunity to play such a great role, it’s a great opportunity. I am extremely grateful to Deb sir for giving me this opportunity to play Mini.
How did you prepare for this role?
We did extensive workshops, we explored mini, her life, her relationship with her parents, her childhood; all these things we really explored. I knew mini at the back of my hand. So that made it slightly better when we went on floors.
How was it working with Danny Denzongpa?
I was really nervous meeting Danny, but he is very nice, and very sweet co-actor. It went really well. He is unlike what people think. Even his character, he is a really adorable person, on and off-screen.
Any pranks played on you, or you played any pranks on someone?
Not on set, we all were working so hard. But in real-life I play pranks on my friends and sisters. No when I am working. I am just a really annoying person in real-life.
Any role you wish to do in future?
I wish to do many roles in future, and I wish it is as varied as you said, Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz was very different from what I am playing in this film. So, I just hope very strong characters, which are very different from each other so that I get to explore myself better.
How was the experience of 8 years on the whole?
It’s been great. I’ve had my ups and downs. There have been times when I was jobless, and staring at the ceiling, and there are times when I am trying to juggle through things. But overall, I am very proud of every film of mine. I think that justifies me being choosy, I did it, and I am very proud of it. I am not much of a planner. I do what I like, and what I believe in. It’s going great so far!
There is a film by Biju Kumar, called ‘Painting Life’. This is a film which is very close to my heart. It is about making of film and art. Whether the films should be art or business or balance of both. And all these damn constructions happening around the hilly regions in India. Another film I did is a short independent film I did, shot in New York. It was a great script, so I am really looking forward to that.