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    Kangna Ranaut: "I don't want to do bewkoofana dance numbers of today"

    [Interview by Joginder Tuteja]
    Wednesday, April 12, 2006
    Kangna may appear to be a child at heart but she has her own views about the song’n’dance routine in Bollywood. Also she has a special place in her heart for her first director Anurag Basu. Read on to find more as Joginder Tuteja continues talking to her in Part II of this exclusive interview.

    What's the relevance of your fall from the skyscraper?

    [Laughs] I am not telling you that. The only thing I can tell you is that the shot you see was been further enhanced technically for the film as what you see was mainly done in a hurry for the purpose of getting the promo out. What I can tell you is that the scene is accompanied by a beautiful song 'Mujhe Mat Roko'.

    How do you feel about the fact that you don't really have a typical song'n'dance routine in your debut film?

    Mujhe to koyi regret nahi hota when I see the songs of today ya phir jo aajkal ki ladkiyan dance karti hain! Ya, but if I get a beautiful number to dance then why not? I am a classical dancer and have done Kathak for 4 years. So my inclination is more towards that. I think it’s better to do what I am doing rather than a dance number in a disco or an item song. Moreover my character in the film is more serious and emotional so it isn't even very logical for me to break into a dance. Moreover my career has just started and there would be many more opportunities for naach-gaana! But still I don't want to do anything that appears bewkoofana [stupid] as in some of today's number!

    Do you want to give an example of some 'bewkoofana' song'n'dance?

    [Laughs] No

    Mr. Mukesh Bhatt has gone ahead and labeled you as the next Madhuri Dixit. Have you heard about that?

    I don't know that but he loves me so much. He loves me likes his daughter. He tells me that I come very honest on my sets and don't really bother anyone. See, its my first picture and I it's good to have a person like him to love you so much. As such I can nowhere be like Madhuri Dixit; after all she is such a great actress.

    In the movie which was the most difficult scene to shoot?

    See, there were so many difficult scenes to be shot but my director Anurag was so patient and nice to me. He used to show so much confidence in me and hence he is a very special man as he my first director. I don't think that anyone else could have directed me better than this. Mujhme to kuch bhi nahi that but he made me an actress! Now at least I know what to do and know something at least. Anurag has really worked hard on me and spent a lot of time with me.

    There was this particular scene where I and Shiney have to fight with each other which is very much a man-woman fight and the woman is in a dominating position. This is the fight where I am very harsh and the scene took me 2 days to finish. It was such a difficult scene to be completed as mentally you have to involve yourself so much. You have to literally live like a woman who has gone through so much pain and is so desperate and is now fighting with the man she is so much in love with.

    You seem to be quite impressed with Anurag's style of working.

    Ya, I am REALLY very impressed with him. I keep telling him to take me in his next movie.

    For 'Woh Lamhe', the director is Mohit Suri. How is it working with him?

    See, he is a fabulous director but then we have worked for only 4-5 days. In fact I told him also that Anurag has sweat so much for me and made me learn so much. Not that he hasn't scolded me at all, in fact he sometimes even used to yell at me but that was only for me to up my performance. This way it is not required for Mohit to teach me many things. He understands that and what he does is mainly point out where I was wrong and at maximum act the way he wants me to and that's about it. But the way Anurag has taught me, it's the same way as teaching ABCD to a child versus giving lecture to a grown up person!!

    So how is the reaction from the industry so far?

    Dekhiye, I don't really know many people in the industry and don't even have their contact details. But I think people are calling Mukesh sir and Anurag and saying that the promos have generated a good response and people are looking forward to the movie.

    How about your friends and family who have seen you in the promos?

    They have gone MAD!! They have started behaving so strange with me. My friends keep telling me that you are looking so beautiful though they don't realize that behind this there is so much hand of the makeup man and the cameraman. Now when my friends tell me that they have become my fan, I feel that I am loosing them!!

    How was the shooting experience in Seoul?

    Seoul is a beautiful place and it is even more special because it was my foreign trip. I fell in love with the place in the first sight and commercially too it is quite good, though it is quite cold over there. Now I didn't have too much idea about the costumes while my dress designer too was new. I had to wear a lot of chiffon in so many scenes and it was a little difficult. Communication too was difficult as people didn't really understand English and hence we had to talk a lot in sign language.

    Outside 'Wo Lamhe' and 'Gangster', any other films with Vishesh Films or any other banner?

    No, I haven't signed anything outside these two movies. Though I am getting calls from the industry but then I am so busy in the shooting that it's hardly possible to meet people. Moreover I am waiting for the release of 'Gangster' so that I can directly get into a movie without having to go through the rigors of a screen test [Laughs]!

    On an ending note, can we expect a best female debutant award for you for 'Gangster'?

    No, no, no, don't say that! That's not right. Also whenever I expect something I don't get. I don't really believe in this competition though! I realize that that there are so many actors working with different directors for different films, while awards are in one category only, yeh to galat baat hai naa! It's all basically a team work where factors like screenplay, direction, camera work etc. are required to make a performance worthy. There are different-different films, actors, directors and styles of working and so the competition thing is very bad.

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