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It was difficult to portray schizophrenia
19 Sep 2006 - 2138 Views - admin
Actor Kangana Ranaut says that she has relived the late Parveen Babi's pain in 'Woh Lamhe'.

Isn't it exhausting to play an intense character at such a young age?
I wouldn't be happy just dancing and singing around trees either. Playing intense characters like Sana Azim ('Woh Lamhe') and Simran ('Gangster') do exhaust you physically and mentally. But it pays off when the film is successful.

How did you research for the role?
Initially, I thought I would need to research on the late Parveen Babi's life and adopt her body language and thinking in my portrayal. However, I realised that the script required me to play Sana Azim and not Parveen. I understood Sana because eventually every woman is the same—be it a star or a slum dweller! It was difficult to portray schizophrenia though. But director Mohit Suri and (Mahesh) Bhattsaab helped me there.

How much did playing Sana affect you?
If you remain conscious of the fact that you are just playing a character, it becomes simpler for you to get out of it. But at times, unknowingly, the character stays with you. Then you need time and a change in atmosphere to get out of character. Through the process of playing Sana I started missing my family in Manali. I began feeling lonely although I have been on my own since the age of 15. This was a gradual feeling and not something I realised suddenly. I started feeling depressed towards the end of the shoot. Something slowed down in my blood—such a beautiful woman, a huge star but such a sad ending. She died alone with nobody to claim her body!

Being an actor are you ready to pay the price of stardom?
No, I'm not scared. I've been brave throughout. My life has been different from the ones my friends are leading. They are still in hostel, studying with their parents' money. I have seen far more than my age. But it's been exciting and I have no regrets. I have seen life very closely.

Isn't it unethical to reveal the private life of someone who is no more?
This is the third time that Bhattsaab has made a film on his relationships and life. In 'Arth' he tackled the extramarital aspect. Here, he spotlights the beginning of his love story with Parveen and the mental trauma. Whether it's ethical or not is the producer's call.

What would be your message to Parveen Babi?
This is my tribute to her. I have lived her life. I have lived her pain. Imagine living in darkness and on boiled eggs because you fear that rays of light could kill you. Sana Azim has become a part of me.

In a competitive industry, are you game to do revealing roles?
Firstly, the industry has moved beyond exposure. People don't come only to watch your cleavage anymore. Incidentally, my role here is also very glam and bold.
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