After coming into limelight with recently released film Sivaji, Shriya
Saran has now become a hot property in Bollywood now. Almost every
producer in this tinsel town is running behind the actress to sign her
for their films. But the gorgeous babe believes in doing one film at a
time giving hard time to the desired producers. Let’s see what this
lady has to say about her upcoming release Mission Istanbul in which
she is playing Zayed’s wife who is a professional news reporter.
Q. In which genre of films does Mission Istanbul fall in?
The film is full of action. It’s typical Appu’s (Apoora Lakhia) film
which has been beautifully picturized. The story of the film revolves
around the serious issue dealing with terrorism. The issues related to
terrorism have been beautifully portrayed through this film.
Q. How much scope do you see for yourself in this action packed flick?
I don’t disagree that the film has many stars and is full of action,
but every character in the film is playing an important role. Every
character has been beautifully scripted. The story-telling of the film
is like reading a novel, which, you can’t put down even if you want.
When I got the script of this film, I read it at one stretch and
instantly decided to be a part of the film. For me, more than the
length of my character, it’s the maturity in it which matters.
Q. How did you bag this role?
Apoorva had seen my previous films Sivaji and Awarapan so it wasn’t
hard for him to find me. Frankly, I, too, was dying to work with
Apoorva (laughs). I am happy that I didn’t have to give any audition or
look test for this character.
Q. Tell us something about your character…
I am playing the role of a television journalist who is very successful in her field. She is very honest with her work.
Q. Did you have any particular news reporter in your mind while preparing for your character?
Yes, I always had Barkha Dutt in my mind as she is been termed the
first reporter who went across the border to report during the war
scenario. I saw a lot of her shows. Apart from her, I also viewed a lot
of international news channels. While playing the character of a
reporter I realized that it’s not only difficult to reply to answers
but even throwing questions is a very difficult part.
Q. How did you feel working with Apoorva?
He is very intelligent director. When I met him for the first time
he gave a bound script in my hand. Apart from the script, it had the
information regarding the shooting locations and schedules of our film.
I was very impressed with that. And frankly, like every actor I
expected a lot and was meaningful regarding my part in the film, but
here comes the capability if Appu, who convinced me into playing this
role. Apoorva has the talent to convince any actor.
Q. In Apoorva’s previous film Shootout At Lokhandwala, Diya Mirza
played the character of a reporter and many of her scenes were been
edited. How would you react if the same thing happens to you?
See, some films are story oriented while some are based on a
particular character. This one is a story oriented film and I have
always believed in working for the film rather than showing myself.
Q. That means you prefer story oriented movies rather than character based ones?
It’s not like that. For example, though Sivaji was a story oriented
film but I, too, had a very strong character to play in it. Many a
times they both gel together nicely.
Q. Both Vivek and Zayed are tagged as very good pranksters. Did you face any of their pranks?
No. Neither did I try playing any pranks on them nor they did. The
fact is when I am on the sets my whole concentration is on my
character. Seeing my seriousness towards work, Vivek and Zayed got so
afraid that they didn’t have the guts to play any prank on me. Yeah, we
surely had had good times together. But we never made a laugh or played
prank on anyone.
Q. In present times, many South based actresses like Asin, Sada and
yourself are entering Bollywood. What do you have to say about it?
Frankly speaking, the entire bunch is of talented actresses. I love
to compete with them as I have always believed in healthy competition.
Q. Post Sivaji, Shankar is planning to make Robot and it has been heard
that he faced a lot of trouble in finding the right cast. Did he ever
approach you for this film?
Not at all. In fact I don’t even know what he is doing these days or
whether he had problems regarding casting. Yeah, but I have heard that
my favourite actress Aishwarya is doing that film, so I am very happy
Q. Tell us about your future projects…
I am doing a film called Ek – The Power of One. Then Ashok
Amritraj’s English film Other End of the Line, Deepa Mehta
Cooking and South flick Kandhaswami. I have also signed another south
film where I am playing the role of an eighteen-year-old girl.
Q. We have heard that you have signed a big deal for three south films?
No, I never believe in a deal neither do I believe in signing 3-4 films at one time. I love to do one film at a time.