After making a splash with her work in television series like Devon Ke Dev Mahadev and Naagin, Mouni Roy made her Bollywood debut this year with Gold. Her upcoming films are Made in China and Brahmastra.
Gold will have its world television premiere tomorrow on Zee Cinema. On the sidelines of the world television premiere, the actor spoke to indianexpress.com about her Bollywood breakthrough and her future films.
Did you expect your debut film to do so well? How nervous were you about working with Akshay Kumar?
Honestly, I was very nervous to share the screen with Akshay sir. But in a couple of days, I got very comfortable with him because of the kind of person he is. He is so nice to everybody and brings so much joy. He interacts with everyone. Hierarchy doesn’t matter to him. Working on Gold was a great experience. I never thought about how the film would do because that is not in my control. All I was doing was giving it my best shot and wishing for the film to do well. I am glad that it did.
How was your experience stepping into Bollywood after having a super successful career in TV?
My experience has been very good so far. However, I haven’t given myself enough time to stop and think about it. I was working non-stop in television and I have been working non-stop here. I just hope that this journey also continues the same way.
Many television actresses are entering Bollywood this year. What are your thoughts on this transition?
I think it is great that so many television actors are entering Bollywood. Ultimately what matters is whether you are talented or not, the medium doesn’t matter. We are acting there. We have to act here. So yes, I am very happy that this migration is happening. It just makes me so proud.
It has been great working with Rajkummar, Ranbir and Alia because they are such fabulous actors, and at the same time they are very helpful co-stars. They bring certain energy and synergy on set that helps other actors do their parts properly. So, I am extremely thankful to them. I am just taking in all I can and learning from the best.
What is your take on the ongoing MeToo movement in the Indian film and TV industry?
I just hope that most people who are coming out with their stories get some kind of justice and closure. I don’t want this movement to fizzle out. I hope this movement makes people think before wronging somebody. These people need to know that we are not scared anymore, and that if they do wrong, they will be spoken about and outed.
What kind of films do you want to do? Are there actors and directors you wish to work with?
I am not much of a planner. I let my life and career take its course. Let’s see what’s there in store for me. I let my life surprise me.