Shazahn Padamsee has the classy lineage of theatre guru-adman Alyque Padamsee and singer-actor ‘Evita’ Sharon Prabhakar. Her debut film ‘Rocketsingh Superstar’ garnered appreciation and Shazahn got noticed albeit in a brief role. Now she is upbeat about her second coming with the thrice National Award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar’s film ‘Dil To Bacha Hai Ji’. We spoke to Shazahn at the first look of the film. Here is what the free-talking Shazahn has to say.
There is a lot of buzz about the trailers of ‘Dil To Bacha Hai Ji’.
Yes. It is the first time ‘realistic’ director Madhur Bhandarkar is attempting a rom-com genre and I am proud to be a part of the ensemble film where I have quite a meaty role.
What is your character in the film?
I play a young vivacious, bubbly, innocent 22-year-old intern working in Ajay Devgn’s company and the 35-year-old Ajay falls in love with me, a girl called June Pinto. Though she is young and innocent she does act maturely at times.
How was it like working with Madhur Bhandarkar?
I consider myself very lucky because how many young girls get a chance to work with Madhurji and that too in my second film. And a pleasant surprise was that Madhurji signed me without asking for any audition or look test or any show reel. He just called me to his office and said, ‘You are in the film’.
How was it like working with the ensemble cast?
I just had scenes with Ajay Devgn and hardly any scenes with other actors. But I consider it a honour to work with a superstar like Ajay Devgn who is so down to earth without any star frills and it was a great experience to work with him since I got a chance to learn a lot from Ajayji.
Are you playing the role of a regular Bollywood heroine?
Not really. I am a part of two montage songs and I have a salsa dance too.
What’s next in the pipeline?
I am reading a few scripts and I have a successful Telegu film, with superstar Chiranjeevi’s son Ramcharan Teja, which was a big box-office hit and my acting was appreciated by critics in a big way. I intend to do one or two films a year in South.