Pooja Welling is a girl with many credits to her name – an IT engineer with a brilliant academic record and her own outsourcing company. Pooja, the daughter of a retired ACP, spoke to Sandeep Hattangadi about her movie, which releases today.
How did your film debut come about?
Our family knows the producer Aparna Hoshing very well and she is like an elder sister to me. She narrated the role to me; as I liked it very much, I agreed to do the film.
What is the premise of the film?
The film is based on the lives of four criminals in Bihar who form a well knit group of gangsters. Born and brought up in the heart of crime, the four draw up a master plan and come to Mumbai. All goes well until one of them has a change of heart and then their lives take an unexpected turn.
What is your role in the film?
I am like the ‘sutradhar’ in the film and the story of the film is told from my perspective and in the climax of the film my character becomes known to the audience.
How was it to work with the cast and crew of the film?
The director, Manish Vatsalya, though a dentist by profession didn’t need any guidance to shoot his film as he knew exactly what he wanted. Ravi Kisen, the hero of the film was a great joy to work with. I became friends with Hazel Crowney who has a role in the film. Yashpal Sharma, Sharad Saxena, were senior to us and I learnt a great deal from them.
I will be doing Aparna Tai’s next film too and I have been approached for films down South, Marathi films and TV shows. But I am right now waiting for ‘Jeena Hai…’ to release.