Have you seen Dhoom and what did you think of the film?
I generally do not watch any film more than once, but ‘Dhoom’ was a film that I saw four times in a span of 15 days, so it says a lot about the film. I thought it’s a kind of film which is an entertainer; it’s about stunts, style, good looking people, good songs etc. Its like the Fast and the Furious, it’s a fun flick so I loved it totally.
Tell us something about your character in the film…
To be a part of a film like ‘Dhoom’, firstly its great and the timing was fantastic for me because I was getting fit so I guess Adi chose me because of the physicality of the character. Shonali is a cop, so she had to look like a cop. So that was pretty much easier because I had become very fit and I am a tall girl. She is the kind of person who hangs around with boys and so the toughness of the cop had to come through and that I am I a little bit tough now, and the styling was done to that extent and definitely whatever stunts a cop can have, I do have that.
You have a very different look in the film, please tell us more about it and do you relate to it.
Absolutely I relate to it. They created a cop so she could not have many frills and fancies when she’s at work though she’s a woman and an attractive woman. She wears a lot of denim, racer back vests which are basically not too coloured. They are black, white and military colour, cargoes and sometimes she throws in a jacket when she is with seniors or doing a presentation. So that was her basic look and her hair, though she was not like a typical Indian cop, the hair not tied up and being in plain clothes and I coloured my hair black for this particular role and a different kind of cut was given, a side parting with a severe sharp cut.
Are you more at ease with action adventure films like Dhoom 2 as opposed to typical Hindi film naach gaana?
I think, I have reached that stage of life that I want to do everything. I have forced myself to get comfortable with Bollywood Naach Gaana because I earlier couldn’t identify myself with doing that. But today, I do understand that the essence of Bollywood is naach gaana and yet with time, we are changing, we are trying to do different kinds of things. Yes, ‘Dhoom 2’ features there. I am a very adventurous person and very athletic so definitely this kind of film is more fun, it’s not like a job. Bollywood naach gaana for me is a job. It is difficult for me to do but something like ‘Dhoom’. I am in sync with it because the kind of clothes that I wear in the film are very much me, the kind of styling I have, since I have been a model I am very comfortable and can adapt to any kind of styling so I don’t have that question mark.
What according to you is Dhoom 2 about and what can the audience look forward to?
It’s a youthful film, it’s an action comedy and I think worldwide people like action comedies. It has great stunts, great looking people, good styling, great bodies, good music, beautiful locations, first time locations like Rio and South Africa. I think ‘Dhoom 2’ is a packaged entertainer, you can’t really go wrong with a film like that, and it is definitely not a thought provoking film. You will want to be a little healthier after looking at the people in the film, and a little more stylish and anybody who’s young, who thinks ‘young’ will like ‘Dhoom 2’. You don’t have to actually be young between the age of 14 to something it’s like anybody who’s young at heart will like ‘Dhoom 2’.
You are playing a Bengali in the film, does that make you feel more ease, let you be yourself?
This is the second time I am playing a Bengali but in my last film ‘Corporate’ I didn’t speak any Bengali. But ‘Dhoom 2’ gives me a chance to speak in my mother tongue for the first time. I’ve never done a regional film yet, so this is the first time on camera that I will be speaking Bengali and it was really funny to dub in Bengali lines – it seems odd because I speak this language at home. It was fun, also the surname is Bose and my grandfather used to call himself KN Bose, but my father and uncle took Basu as a surname, so it’s the same thing, Bose and Basu so its closer to home I guess.
So much of attention has gone to Ash, her look, do you feel ignored?
No, I think the attention is very adequate and right, because Ash has never experimented with her looks in this drastic a manner. She is always seen as this Indian girl wearing Indian clothes and always she excels through that in her ‘Indian ness’. So for the first time you see her in short skirts and bikini tops and a tanned look, I would say wow! It’s a required change and it’s a very positive thing, she is really looking hot, so why not. For me I have worn western clothes and I am the western girl according to the people always. The look is different for me, but not so visually different. I have not been wearing sarees in all my films; I have been the western girl, so that’s why she’s more talked about.
….To Be Continued…..