Having found acclaim for her bohemian Parisian girl act in ‘Queen’, model-actress Lisa Haydon is now looking forward to the release of ‘The Shaukeens’ in which she is making her debut as a solo heroine.
The film, which has Akshay Kumar in a cameo appearance, is the 28-year-old actress’ third Bollywood venture after ‘Aisha’ and ‘Rascals’, which were both multi-starrers. “I did not expect that I would get to work with Akshay as a solo heroine in a commercial film. It has been possible only after ‘Queen’. It is really exciting as an actor that that I have scenes after scenes in a movie. I just loved that feeling that I was given an acting opportunity such as this,” Lisa told PTI.
‘The Shaukeens’ is a remake of the 1982 film ‘Shaukeen’ directed by Basu Chatterjee. The new film stars Anupam Kher, Piyush Mishra and Annu Kapoor, who are lusting after a much younger girl, played by Lisa.
“I had no hesitation being a part of the movie. Although it is a remake, the concept of our film is completely different from the original. The movie is a very clean comedy. It has a contemporary setting. And also I got to work with three veteran and prolific actors like Anupam ji, Annu ji and Piyush ji. I could not have asked for more,” said the actress, adding she has not watched the original film.
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When asked whether her character in the film, which was played by Rati Agnihotri originally, has any similarity with her role in ‘Queen’, Lisa said the only resemblance between the two is that they grew up outside of India.
“There is nothing similar between two characters. Vijayalakshmi (her role in ‘Queen’) was a mother. She was very rational and real. Where as Ahana is a psycho… she lives in her own delusional world. She is a social network addict. She is over the top and a complete drama queen. The only similarity is that they grew up in a foreign country,” she said.
With ‘The Shaukeens’, Lisa will be seen in the comedy space after the not-so successful ‘Rascals’. The actress said this thought did come to her mind when she was offered the film but she eventually realised that both the films are very different form one another.
“‘Rascals’ was not a bad experience, none of my films are. Having said that this film is very different from ‘Rascals’. I did have the thought that I am doing a comedy again. But as I found out the story I realised this is a completely new film,” Lisa said.