The dream chaser

Leaving a career in crime journalism behind, Actress Meera Chopra is all set to fulfill her dream by making her Hindi film debut in Gang of Ghosts. The Delhi girl talks to Screen about her beginnings, the big break and why cousin Priyanka is her role model

Mumbai | Updated: March 19, 2014 11:45 am
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Launch Vehicle

Gang of Ghosts is a fun film, which is a satire on after life. Satish sir has tried to convey that not all ghosts are scary and that there can be funny ghosts in this world too, who actually live like normal people. It’s a very funny script and the changes that Satish sir has made to the script has taken it a notch above. It’s humorous and very interesting. I play the youngest ghost in the house named Tina. She’s love struck and for her, the most important thing is to spread love.

Casting coup

Actually, I had already signed Vikram Bhatt’s 1920 London, when Satish sir heard about me and called me to his office. He spoke to me for sometime and somehow, that turned out to be my audition. He is a veteran director and for him, it was very easy to judge who would be the perfect choice for Tina’s role. He narrated the script and I fell in love with it. I couldn’t say yes to it immediately, because my dates were clashing with the schedule of 1920 London. But fortunately for me, the film was delayed and I called Satish sir to inform him that I am ready to start shooting. That’s how I came on board.

Stepping stone

I have done my schooling from Delhi, after which, I went to America for further studies. I did my Masters in Mass Communication and majored in advertising and journalism. It was my dream to become a crime journalist, because Arnab Goswami is my favourite and there were times when I dreamed about being in his place. I also worked in New York for a year in an advertising firm, before coming back to india. After coming back to India, I started working with NDTV as a trainee. That’s when I started getting lots of modelling offers. I did a couple of print ads and suddenly, offers from the south film industry started pouring in. I did my first film down South, Bangaram, which was a huge hit and since then there was no looking back.

First shot

My first shot for Gang of Ghosts was quite intimidating, despite the fact that I was pretty confident when I had faced the camera for my first Telugu film. Here, I was a bit scared, especially because I was shooting with all the veteran actors around. I was excited but at the same time scared too. But fortunately for me, all’s well that ends well. The crew supported me a lot.

The takeaway

After working on this film, I think I feel extremely confident now, since I have had the privilege of sharing screen space with many experienced actors. Watching Anupam (Kher) sir and Saurabh (Shukla) sir perform on the sets was a great learning experience. They are so spontaneous. You just cannot expect what they will come up with next.

Stumbling block

Thankfully, Gang of Ghosts has been an extremely fun experience. All the actors were very sweet and helpful. I was the youngest on the set, so I was always pampered. There was no stumbling block, really.

Role model

Every female who has stood for herself in life is my inspiration. There are so many strong women around us who keep inspiring us all time. As far as the industry is concerned, I have always said that I look up to Priyanka Chopra. Every girl who is an outsider and wants to get a foothold in this industry should look upto her. What she has achieved being someone who does not belong to a film family, is nothing less than a fairytale.

Future projects

Right now, I have got Vikram Bhatt’s 1920 London, which I am still shooting for. Otherwise, I am waiting for something more exciting to come my way.

 

 

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