I hear that that there weren't any special preparations you had to make for 'Bhoot Returns' and just went with the flow since Ram Gopal Varma allowed you quite some space to perform?
Every director works in a different way and when it comes to Ramu, he basically sits down to explain the look, characterisation and keeps it all as brief as possible. Also, if at all there is any confusion, it is sorted out before going on the sets. As an actor you are well prepared and from that point on it is a cake walk. That approach also works for me because I am not too much of a method actor.
So what was it about 'Bhoot Returns' that actually made you say that 'Okay, this is the film I really want to do'?
It's very simple actually. Basically Ramu and I have stayed friends over a period of time. He told me that there was this horror thriller script that was almost finished and if I would be interested in going through the narration. Now since I hadn't really ventured into a proper horror film before and the core story idea sounded interesting as well, I just stepped into it. It was as simple as that.
Another simple decision that Ram Gopal Varma took was to rope in his close associate Chakravarthy. How was it for the two of you to come together as a couple?
It is always good to be surprised by a good performance and one bucks up when there is something really inspiring. This is what happened in case of Chakravarthy who is a very good actor. Give him any scene and he would just take it. It was a pleasure to work with him and we got along very well. It was a relaxed outing with him even though the film by itself is quite heavy duty.
Another actor who manages to come out unscathed in this heavy duty outing is child artist Alayana Sharma. She must have been a delight, isn't it?
(Smiles) Yeah, she is so naive and young and yet such a fantabulous performer. I would pass on my compliments and she would just say 'Yeah, thank you' and then forget all about it.
One now just hopes that the current crop of audience don't forget Manisha after this outing. After all, one expects you to stay on in the industry now?
Well, I did Onir's 'I Am' and also Deepti Naval's 'Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish' so I hadn't gone away anywhere. These films were a great experience as I got to play a variety of roles and work with different kind of directors. Now 'Bhoot Returns' has released and I really hope that I don't let my viewers down. It is really humbling that people are expecting to see me and my film and at the same time even I am waiting for the audience reactions.