Fashion model Monikangana Dutta is all set to debut in director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest flick Guzarish. This dusky leggy Assamese beauty is the surprise element of the film and her role is being kept under wraps. But ADC managed an exclusive interview with the debutant in a brief tête-à-tête.
How did you bag such a prestigious film?
It was a pleasant surprise for me. Sanjay Bhansali must have liked some pictures of mine in a magazine and then saw me walk on the ramp and must have thought I filled the bill.
Can you tell us something about your role in the film?
Actually, I have a secrecy clause and am not permitted to reveal anything about the film or my role in the film. All I can say is, it’s a substantial role with a lot of scenes with Hrithik Roshan. Some of the songs which are gaining popularity have are centered on me. For the rest, you will have to see the film.
How was your experience on working on the film?
It was a great learning experience. Hrithik who is an absolute gentleman helped me throughout the process. And Bhansaliji is such a brilliant director. My debut film is almost like a dream come true.
Do you have any scenes with Aishwarya Rai?
Sorry. I can’t disclose that. You will have to see the film.
What is your background like?
I studied in up till the high school level in Assam and then took admission in a leading Delhi college. However, I hardly attended classes in order to accommodate my modeling assignments. Later, I enrolled myself in Anupam Kher’s Acting School.
Are you aware of Assamese cinema?
I have grown up on Assamese cinema but it is very different from Bollywood.
Have you worked with Assamese directors like Jahnau Barauh?
I have heard of him but never got an opportunity to meet him.
Who are your inspirations?
I have always looked up-to my mother as an inspiration.
Any directors you want to work with specifically?
Shekhar Kapoor. As for my other favourite director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, luck already got me to him.