Shahana Goswami on her new projects and why she refuses to be called a�?unconventionala��.
Since her fiery performance as Debbie inA�Rock OnA�eight years ago, Shahana Goswami has been a busy woman. The Paris-based actress has starred in filmsA�like Midnighta��s Children (2013) and donned character-heavy roles like the Bengali actress, Promita Roy, who has a sexual encounter with Mahi (Kareena Kapoor) in Heroine (2012). Now Goswami will be seen in Tu Hai MeraA�Sunday, which will premiere at the BFI London Film FestivalA�tomorrow. Starring TV actor Barun Sobti (of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Dun fame), the film is about five boys trying to find a place to play football in Mumbai after they are banned from Juhu beach. a�?IA�play the role of Kaavya Ranganathan (Kavi), an independent young professional who single-handedly takes care of her father who suffers from Alzheimera��s disease,a�? begins the 30-year-old, who recently finished a French short film with director Kartik Singh, which will soon be doing the rounds of festivals across the world.
Refusing to be labelled as a�?unconventionala��, Goswami says that she chooses roles according to what interests her. a�?For me, Ia��m totally ordinary,a�? she smiles. The actress will be reprising her role as Debbie in Rock On 2 (releasing onA�November 11). Talking about the film, she reveals, a�?We also have the younger generation of musicians represented through the new characters in it.a�? Relating an anecdote, Goswami recalls the shooting of the song Ek Manzar Naya, which required her character to jump into a lake. a�?We had to stay in the lake for a bit and, somehow, I had a panic attack. I couldna��t stay afloat and I couldna��t swim to the banks either,a�? Goswami recalls. Co-actor Farhan Akhtar came to her rescue by jumping in before his cue and bringing her to safety. a�?The funny part was that there was a zoom camera across the lake that was shooting it in slow motion, so apparently it looked like a really filmy moment,a�? laughs Goswami.
Passion for acting
Acting has always been Goswamia��s first love and she realised it at a very young age. a�?I found acting cathartic. Even as a child, I would make up scenes and conversations with myself to bring out a thought or emotion. I wanted to do films beyond India, beyond Bollywood,a�? says the Delhi-born actress, who admits that she has had it relatively easy in the industry. a�?I got exactly the kind of work I could perform well in and that suited me. I worked with the best in the industry.a�? Goswami wishes to work with directors like Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane,A�Mani Ratnam and Dibakar Banerjee next.
Tu Hai MeraA�Sunday screensA�tomorrowA�atA� the BFI London Film Festival.
a�� Saloni Sinha