By Farida Khanzada
South actress Payal Ghosh makes her Bollywood debut opposite stand-up comedian and actor Vir Das in a romantic comedy directed by Sanjay Chhel. The film also stars Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal.
“Paresh Rawal plays my father in the film and my character, Pooja belongs to a conservative Gujarati family.” reveals Payal. The film that was shot majorly in Mumbai and Surat is almost complete with only a few scenes and four songs to be canned, and will release in May or June, “depending on the availability of theatres.”
While, it was not difficult for Payal to slip into her character, she had to work on her diction in order to inflect the right tone. “With the help of the assistant director, I managed to get the diction right. Besides, Sanjay is very clear in his interpretation of what he wants, which made it easy for me,” reveals Payal.
A chance encounter with the BBC team in 2009 set the actor’s acting career rolling. Barely 17 years old, she had accompanied a friend to an audition for Sharpe’s Peril and landed a role in the tele film. A period drama, circa the pre-independence time, Payal had played the role of a village girl, the daughter of a revolutionary freedom fighter from Bengal. While, her parents disapproved of her decision to join films, during her college holidays, the strong-headed girl ran away from her home in Calcutta to come to Mumbai. She joined Namit Kishore’s acting academy, when she was offered her first full length feature film, Prayanam in Telugu opposite Mohan Babu’s son Manoj Manchu. While, she is waiting for the release of her debut Bollywood film, Payal has received offers from other film-makers too. “I have been offered two films, but I cannot reveal anything at the moment,” says the actor.
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