After playing pucca Telugu ammai in her first two Telugu films-Prematho Mee Karthik and Parichayam, Simrat Kaur has treaded the experimental path with MS Raju’s Dirty Hari. “My role Jasmine is a 360 degrees turn for me from what I’ve played so far. A Christian girl, she is bold, confident, mature, ambitious, and feminine. While I’m a tomboy in real life, my real-life personality does share some similarities with Jasmine. MS Raju sir made me work hard and if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have pulled it off,” she says proudly.
As much as she loved the script, the Mumbai girl had to think twice to board the project because the “film had a few kissing scenes”. “I found the script to western and it was a shock to see Raju sir pen such a story. But when he mentioned about the kissing scenes I wasn’t okay regardless of the fact that I liked the script. He told me later, ‘If you can’t live the character, then you are not a good actor‘. I later sought the opinion of my mother, who surprisingly told me that she was prepared for her daughter to do a brave role one or the other day after taking the film route. She asked me to look at the role. When I said it’s good, she told me to justify it and not think what others will think of it.”
The slender beauty admits that she was in two minds whether to continue her career in the industry after her first two projects. “After Parichayam I thought I will not do movies again because they involve a lot of hard work. I’m an emotional person in real life and I took up my maiden film while I was still pursuing graduation. Movies are a gamble, so I was wary about a career. But my family supported me. They told me that since I’ve taken the route I should stick with it and that struggles are a part of every field. Around the same time, Raju sir came into my life as an angel with the script of Dirty Hari,” she explains.
Heaping high praise on the producer-director, she says he made her comfortable on the sets. “For a particular scene which ran into two paragraphs, I broke down after giving 20 takes. Weeping, I told him, ‘It’s not happening. Sorry, sir, I’m not a good actor and I can’t do’. He asked the unit to leave the sets and made me listen to music. Later, he told me, ‘Even big heroes give multiple takes at times and you are a newcomer, who is learning things. It is natural, so don’t panic’. His words infused a lot of confidence,” she concludes.
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