Tell us about your role in Tum Mile.
I play a girl working in South Africa. The film revolves around the intimate love story of the two characters that Emraan and I play.
A lot of people find your pairing with Emraan Hashmi unconventional.
Emraan’s and my films are different. But it is an interesting blending that adds elements of our own personalities to our characters. It was insightful on Kunal Deshmukh’s (the director) part.
How different was it shooting...the film is set during the 2005 Mumbai cloudburst?
It’s a very difficult film to shoot logistically. We had to shoot for long hours in cold, filthy water; then there were scary underwater sequences.
What aspect of 26/7 does Tum Mile capture?
We have borrowed from real-life stories. People can relate to the film, their memories of 26/7 will come back.
The film used the concept of 3-D paintings.
Emraan plays an artist in the film. The paintings are done on varied surfaces, they look different from different perspectives.
How was your own experience of 26/7?
Not something I would like to repeat. It took me about 40 hours to get home.
How did the audience react seeing you as a TV game show host?
I found it really rewarding to work in a different medium and learn a new skill.
How was it sharing screen space with your mother in an upcoming film of yours?
In one word, terrifying! Your mother knows all your expressions intimately, so she can gauge the slightest insincerity in you.
Any conscious effort on your side to not work in formula-based Bollywood movies?
Not at all. I don’t strategise. I just want to work in what I think are good films.
What next after Tum Mile?
A film called Tera Kya Hoga Jaani by Sudhir Mishra, Accident and Life Goes On.