The Lunchbox actress Nimrit Kaur is essaying the role of an ISI agent, with a slightly grey character in her debut television series, the fourth edition of the American show Homeland.
Talking about her second project after the critically-acclaimed The Lunchbox, the actress says that the role, of an antagonist is out of her comfort zone. “She is completely immoral and very different from what I am in real life. I hope I never become like her. Having said that, it is a very edgy role and extremely fun to play,” she says about the war drama where she has had the fortune to work with Golden Globe-winning actress, Claire Danes who plays the important role of Carrie Mathison and is also the producer of the show. Kaur says, “Claire is a very nice person. She is the lead actress of the show and is a thorough professional, having worked since the age of eitht years. She is very sharp and has done an incredible job of the series. I have had some fun conversations with her. I have also had the fortune of interacting, at close quarters, with Mandy Patinkin, who is playing the important role of Saul Berenson. He is also a great actor. I even went trekking with him.” Life of Pi star, Suraj Sharma also features in the show and since both hail from Delhi, the two hit off instantly. She lets us know that Suraj has now moved to New York and is studying at the New York University. “As Delhiites, we had some fun stories to share. He missed kaju katri so I carried some for him when I went back recently,” she smiles.
Kaur is also fascinated with the way she was welcomed by the entire team of Homeland. “They were all very warm and welcoming. The atmosphere kind of sucks you in, irrespective of the language and culture. The unit has seen The Lunchbox and has loved the film. They wanted to know more about Indian food and culture. They are well-versed about the Indian film industry and even have their preferences when it comes to Bollywood actors and actresses. I have even gone for dinners and picnics with some of the cast members in Cape Town besides trekking since I began shooting for the series in July end,” she says.
However the actress, when queried about working internationally, says it is not ground breaking or that her life has not changed since she took up Homeland. “It is the same anywhere when the lights come on, cameras start rolling and someone shouts ‘action’. Here too, the setup is the same. It is just that there are more American actors across the table. It is about the energies around that make the experience worthwhile and not about just being in a domestic or international setup,” she reasons.
The actress is all praise for the way the team functions. She states that they are very organised as they respect time. “Everything is as per schedule. This is something we should learn from them. Coming from an army background, I am very impressed with their way of functioning,” says Nimrit who is yet to sign on the dotted line for two films to be directed by Nikhil Advani. While her other films, Barf directed by Saurabh Shukla and Airlift by Raja Menon, are set to roll next year.
Though the actress, who won international acclaim for portraying the character of a lonely housewife in Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, believes that Homeland would be her real introduction to the western audience, she asserts that while her priority would be Hindi films, she is open to working in any language. “Actors, I think, are slowly becoming a well-knit community and can easily blend anywhere. The fun of being an actor is to work anywhere. Yet, I feel it is more fun to work in your homeland,” she smiles.
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