What do you think about the music of Laaga Chunari Mein Daag?
Like every other actor would kind of be bias towards the music of their own film similarly I am also quite bias towards the music of Laaga Chunari Mein Daag because I would say the music is different ,there are different kind of songs in the film which go with the story as much as you will not enjoy the song in the audio you will enjoy it in the film because every song from “Hum to aise hai bhaiya” which is a very character based song where we introduce both the sisters in the film myself and Konkana and how these two sisters are in their city of Benaras,their lifes,how mischievous they are and basically their love for one and other and for the family and how Jaya Bachchan and Anupam Kher character gets introduced in the film so I think that’s a very character based song, it’s a very energetic, cheerful and a very happy song and I really like it because I like the words Hum to aise hai bhaiya and it sounds really nice then we have “Kachchi Kaliyaan” which is a UP folk and rap mix so it sounds quite strange but that’s the beauty of this song, when I heard it first and I asked Dada what is this song so at first when you hear Kachi Kaliyan you will get a bit confused about what the song is all about and then later on you realize that there is a bit of UP folk with a little rap that’s what the song is and then ofcourse there is “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag” the tile track which I think is absolutely stunning the way Shubha Mudgal has sung it and the words are really nice in the song they go really well with the character Natasha in the film and it kind of describes what Natasha character is going through in her mind at that point of time and what she has been through so the song describes her mental state so I think that’s its beautifully written and the way they have orchestrated the song its really interesting with the whole Laga Chunari Mien Daag coming in bits its very beautiful and symbolic to the story then offcourse there is “Zara Gungunalein chalo” which is a soft, melodious number that takes the story forward because the two characters that is my character and Abhishek’s character become friends in the song so it’s a song which kind of helps their story progress in the film so again it’s a very script driven song but yet its very melodious then there is “Ik theekhi theekhi si ladki”which is pictureised on Kunal and Konkana which kind of describes Konkana the girl she is in the film and Kunal the way he is in the film so I think it’s a very contemporary number and its shot in a very modern way which is why I like the song very much because its not conventionally shot.
Which is your favourite track in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag?
I wouldn’t say that I have any favourite number in the film but I would say Hum to aise hai bhaiya because that’s the song with which we started the film and it was a lot of fun shooting that song and I have a lot of memories of it and there is another favourite track of mine Laaga chunari mein daag the title track because we had loads of fun shooting that song and how Sabyasachi was going mad doing the costumes and I remember how he had laid some fifty shoes in my make up room and got some hundred costumes for that song and we finally used probably four to five and he was quite disappointed. Me and Sabyasachi tried to push for a lot of costume in this song and Dada kept on saying we want to shoot the whole song in just one towel so Sabyasachi was kind of shocked because he had arranged for so many clothes for this song and we finally used just five to six I think these two tracks will be my favourite.
What was it about the script that made you decide to do this film?
I think the beauty of the script is that it talks about a strong female character and strong female character in a slightly unconventional way because she kind of takes a decision in her life which is at a point in her life where its really important for her and she doesn’t do back on her decision and she isn’t ashamed of the thing that she has done and the very fact that the script talks about the eldest daughter trying to be the son of he house is something that lot of girls will relate to because every elder daughter is kind of pressurized to be the son of the house and Natasha the character in terms of what she does just to prove a point to her parents that she is the boy of the house and the kind of decision she takes is what makes the film very interesting. I will say that it’s a strong female character with an unconventional touch, it’s got shades of grey and that’s what has interested me about the character and the fact that she is not ashamed about what she has done, its something that she has kind of accepted and goes with it and she is not apologetic about it so I feel that is the strength of the character that I am playing in the film.
What was the shooting experience like?
This film has been extensively shot in Bombay and after that in Benaras and then Switzerland so in the film you will see a beautiful graph where the film starts off in Benaras goes into Bombay and then goes into Switzerland and comes back to Benaras and the growth of all the characters right from Benaras to Bombay to Switzerland and how after their growth when they come back to Benaras how different they look after their growth but in the same setting and atmosphere how life has changed for them especially the two characters Badki and Chutki which is played by me and Konkana and how we kind of go through the circle especially Natasha’s character the way the whole journey takes place in her life and how she comes back to her life in Benaras. It was fun shooting everywhere especially our first schedule in Benaras,we were shooting in this Haveli by the Ganga Ghat its so relaxing and so soothing. The sunset at the Ganga Ghats is to die for so we use to look forward to our evenings and sit by the Ganga and just distress yourself .Bombay being home it was very comfortable shooting there and then it was Switzerland,it being one of my favourite place in the world. It was great fun shooting there because I went to Switzerland almost after six years, It’s as beautiful as it was six years ago and its such a beautiful place that all your worries and tensions come to a standstill when you enter Switzerland because its so peaceful and quite and so beautiful with no pollution that it feels wonderful.
Can you tell us something about your look in the film?
There are three distinct look in the film for me and I could not have done that without my designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.I think he is an asset to the film and he is just amazing as a designer and probably me and Sabyasachi work very well with each other because we understand each other’s mindset and for me I just have to explain to him what the graph is, what the character is from where the character is emerged and Sabyasachi knows bang on what I want specially the first Benaras look, she had to look like somebody from there from so designing that look to designing my look when I become Natasha to the look Which is a normal look for Natasha there are two different looks for Natasha and the way Sabyasachi kind of understood the characters and his entire input on the way the make up should be it was tremendous help for me to have someone like him to do my clothes. I would say I am completely comfortable with the Badki character look which is a Patyala with a short kurti with a dupatta and I think Sayasachi has used some wonderful colours because the first brief that Dada had given that we are shooting in Benaras in the galis and next to the ghats so the characters should look very vibrant and colourful. The kind of colours that Sabyasachi gets into the film because he kind of understands the background and what the character should wear so that the character can stand out has been wonderful because I am really happy with the colours and the clothes that are in the film. This entire Natasha look with Bright Red lipstick was completely Sabayasachi’s idea at first we were hesitant with this look but I think after we did this look it kind of gelled well with the character now when I see the posters I thank Sabyasachi for his suggestion that we do something like that, otherwise I wouldn’t have ever thought of doing a red lipstick look because i think its not done for ages now, its just come back with this film so I think that is one input from Sabyasachi which was very good for the film.
Which is your favourite the outfit from the film which you would like to wear even off screen?
I think Sayasachi’s churidar which he has given me for the second Natasha look are lovely because they are like these strappy kurtas with churidars and the kurtas are long with simple dupattas its like a one colour tone. They look really nice and I would like to wear them personally.
Any one memborable incident during the shoot of the film?
I have so many memories while shooting for Laaga Chunari Mein Daag.My first day of the shoot at Benaras I had got hurt on my nose because Konkana was suppose to play with this rattle and that wooden toy just flung on my nose and I got a cut which started bleeding that was a very memorable moment for me because I was so nervous as it was he first day of the shoot where we had not shot any of my close up and I feared that it would swell up and look bad and we might not be able to shoot but luckily we had a first aid kit which came to my rescue and it was all sorted out. I also have memories of the Laaga Chunari Mein Daag song shoot and I think Dada’s unit I feel very close to them, I feel its like my family and that everyone is having so fun on the sets that we don’t realize when we are shooting or when we are having fun so its like one big Bengali unit which kind of just keeps eating and if we are not eating then we are shooting but its great fun because Dada, me, Konkana and Jayaji all speaking in Bengali so finally we jut said that at one point we should just mouth our dialogues in Hindi otherwise we would turnout to be one regional Bengali film. Its great fun to have an entire unit which is Bengali because the feeling I get is that as if I am in my house because there is everybody chatting in Bengali from one corner to the other.
What was it like working with Pradeep Sarkar?
Pradeep Sarkar has an eye for detailing it is so exquisite that nothing can go unnoticed. He is so particular about the frame about the way his actors are looking and that’s really wonderful because so many times we actors concentrate on our scene and we really don’t realize how we are looking Dada is there to tell us, he exactly knows how to shoot which character in which way he has no hang ups to work with he comes across as a small child like if he wants something out of us he will go to an extent of even crying so we treat him like the big teddy bear on our sets whom we can sometimes bully and have fun with but at the end of if, Dada is wonderful to work with I love working with and feel so good because he always makes me laugh, I am always at my jovial best. The whole unit was just so wonderful to work with that My entire experience with Laaga Chunari mein daag has been fantastic I started the film in November and finished in June and I really miss the unit now because Dada is the true captain of the ship.
What was it like working with Howard?
The choreographer is Howard he is also an Associate director on the film and its wonderful working with Howard because he is like a friend who was trying to kind of get all of us together. Howard is one person whom I can really bully and I really love doing that. The best part about him is that his choreography is so simple that even a person who does not know how to dance can dance with his steps and he makes the steps seem so easy and comfortable that its amazing to work with a choreographer like him and if you are facing difficulty in doing a step you can just tell him and he will change it for you. It also wonderful working with him because he is also the associate director so we have him rehearsing the lines, scenes for us and its fun because at times me and Konkana would joke with him by getting him to act our scenes and we would die laughing seeing him act our scenes specially the scenes that was supposed to be acted by a female actor and Howard would actually try and do it like that and that use to be like really funny.