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I wanted to become an IAS officer: Yami Gautam

Actress Yami Gautam talks about her debut stint 'Vicky Donor' and her journey so far.

Written by BollywoodHungamaNewsNetwork |
April 23, 2012 11:40:08 am

She is a very popular face on TV,having done tons of advertisements and popular TV shows like Aryan,’Chand Ke Paar Chalo’ and ‘Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam’. Yes we are talking about the extremely beautiful,intelligent and fun loving Yami Gautam. Having acted in a few regional films,this stunning beauty makes her big Bollywood debut with ‘Vicky Donor’ made under John Abraham’s home banner.

Here,the gorgeous actress spoke about her debut Bollywood film ‘Vicky Donor’,her experience of working with co-star Ayushmann Khurana,director Shoojit Sircar and producer John Abraham and a lot more.

Did you always want to be an actor?

No,I wanted to become an IAS officer as I was a very good student.

Your first break

It was a TV show called ‘Aryan’.

How did you bag this film?

I got this role courtesy all the commercials that I had done. The casting director was already aware of my work. He had seen me in some ads,so they called me and took a couple of screen tests for this role. They liked my work and that is how I got selected.

What is ‘Vicky Donor’ all about?

‘Vicky Donor’ is a romcom between a Punjabi boy Vicky Arora (played by Ayushmann Khurana) and a Bengali girl called Ashima Roy,played by me. It is about these two people from totally different backgrounds who come together. Not just their personalities but even their culture is very different. The film is Vicky and Ashima’s love story with the issue of sperm donation in the backdrop.

What role do you play in the film?

I play a very sweet Bengali girl called Ashima Roy. She is from Delhi. She is very much a today’s girl. She is contemporary,modern and is working and independent but at the same time she has her own values. She has a great bond with her family. Her mother is not there so she is very close to her father. I have never done anything like this in the past and I am sure the audience will love it.

How did you prepare for this role?

Shoojit Sir being a Bengali himself helped me out. I am from Chandigarh and am totally different from my character,so I had to watch a couple of Bengali movies to get a gist of how Bengali girls are. There is no reference of any character as such but I saw Bengali movies just to get a gist of their body language,the way they talk and behave. I am a half-Pahari-half-Punjabi girl and I talk really fast. Bengali girls are known for expressing through their eyes and don’t blabber away to glory. I even had to work on the look and make up. I was given a slightly warmer tone than my real skin tone and apply loads of Kohl in my eyes because Bengali girls have really beautiful eyes.

What are your thoughts on sperm donation?

This film has been like an eye opener for me because I didn’t know that the problem of infertility was so grave in the society. Sperm donation is the need of the hour. The number of childless couples in the society has increased by 30 to 40 per cent in the past 20 years,which is quite high. So I feel that there is nothing wrong in donating sperms,it is not a taboo and should be encouraged.

Youth icon Ayushmann Khurana has been paired opposite you in this film. How was he to work with?

It was fantastic working with Ayushmann. He is a very spontaneous actor and a brilliant performer. I learnt a lot from him. At a very young age,he is not just an actor but also an anchor,singer,composer and a lot more. He has such diversity in his talent,which is very inspiring. It was fun shooting with him,he has a great sense of humour and we shared a very good rapport.

In his interview,Ayushmann told me,“Yami is technically correct as an actor while I am still imperfect and quite raw”…What do you have to say about that?

(Laughs) I think he is being too gracious. He is a very sweet person and I thank him for saying that but he is a brilliant actor,you can see it in the trailers. He is a fantastic co-star to work with and he is going to go a long long way.

How was your experience of working with director Shoojit Sircar?

On the last day of shoot I told Shoojit “Sir it is a treat to work with you”. He is such a nice director that you won’t even come to know from where to where he takes you as a performer,that too effortlessly. He has guided me throughout the film and increased my performance levels. It is an opportunity to work with such a great director and to get it in the early days of your career. The experience remains with you forever.

How is John Abraham as a producer?

John is one of the youngest producers but it doesn’t show at all in his approach. He is very intelligent and knows exactly what he is doing but at the same time he is very charming,humble and down to earth and very casual and approachable. It was a treat to have him as a producer.

How was your first meeting with John?

We met on the sets in Delhi. I didn’t know that John was going to come. We were shooting at a mall and were in the middle of a very serious scene. I was watching my performance on the monitor,when my co-star Ayushmann came up to me and started saying ‘John John John’. I was so absorbed in my work that I didn’t comprehend what he was saying. I was very nervous but at the same time extremely excited to meet him. Then when I turned back and saw John. He was very encouraging and congratulated both of us,he told us that he had seen the rushes and really liked our work.

You have also done one film each in Telegu,Kanada and Punjabi. How different is Bollywood?

It is easier in Bollywood because Hindi is my first language,but apart from that the working style is more or less the same. At least the people that I have worked with have been very professional. They films I have worked on have been well planned and have released on time. My work has been received well even in those languages.

Is there any actress you look up to?

There are lot of inspirations,you can’t just pick up one because every actress or actor and everyone who has made it up to there has had at least one quality which is applaud able and you must take inspiration from each one of them even if they are competition,as each one of them has something to teach you and I respect all of them. I am not saying this to be very diplomatic I really mean it.

Divya Rajani

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