A Mixed Bag

Be it in fashion or films,Ira Dubey likes to make her own statement

Published: April 11, 2013 6:14 am

PINKY Bose was a character tailor-made for Ira Dubey. She was “whacky and crazy”,had her own sense of fashion,and had a good portion of Punjabi and Bengali fused in her DNA. “Playing Pinky Bose in the film Aisha was amazing,since the character was not all black or white,but grey and colourful,” said actor Ira Dubey,as she took a seat at the newly opened Shoppers Stop in Elante Mall in Chandigarh. Dressed in a fluorescent yellow short dress with a metal neckpiece paired with nude heels,Ira was all for Chandigarh and the Punjabi fashion sense. “Punjabis have a very discerning sense of fashion,and I know this because I was born and raised in Delhi and have plenty of Punjabi friends there and in Chandigarh,” she said.

Her own style statement,is however,a different story. “I enjoy clothes and love to mix and match. For me,fashion is not being a slave to trends but experimenting with what’s out there,” said Ira,admitting that she gets this sense of “fashion independence” from her mother — actor Lillete Dubey. “My mother is a non-believer of brands. She feels it is criminal to indulge in them. So,when I got a Gucci belt with my first pay cheque,I didn’t tell her for six months,” said Ira,adding how she later teamed it up with an inexpensive jumpsuit picked from Colaba in Mumbai. “Mumbai changed me for it is not as brand-conscious as north India,” she added.

Post her films,The President is Coming and Aisha,Ira is now looking forward to more work. “Films are now increasingly getting into ensemble cast mode and are creating roles for women. Aisha was a female-centric,chick flick and my beliefs as an actor got reaffirmed with it. Although theatre is my first love and I would love to own a theatre company one day,I am busy with couple of films and a play,” says the actor.

She is already making waves with her English independent film M Cream,directed by Agneya Singh and featuring Imaad Shah,Tom Alter,Barry John and Lushin Dubey along with her. “It’s a coming-of-age film about relationships and has a socio-political angle to it,like Motorcycle Diaries. We travelled to Himachal Pradesh for the shoot,” she said. Her next film is a commercial comic caper called Zaalim Dilli with Divyendu Sharma and Pradhuman Singh (of Tere Bin Laden). Trained in Indian classical music,Ira now wants to write and direct a film. She is also keen to stage Short & Sweet,a set of 10-minute original plays in Chandigarh.

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