Bade Acche Lagte Hain‘s Natasha Kapoor reminisces about shooting her cameo for Barfi!
Sumona Chakravarti has done what every young girl would give their right arm for – a cameo in Barfii and a chance to work with Ranbir Kapoor. Yet, she isn’t swooning over his cute, chocolate-boy looks. The 24-year-old TV actor says she wasn’t star struck while sharing the frame with him in the movie, but was definitely impressed with his “chilled out” attitude.
Sumona, best recognised as Natasha Kapoor in popular TV soap Bade Acche Lagte Hain, said, “I play Ileana’s friend in the movie. It’s a small, cute little part, but I have shared screen space with both RK (Ranbir) and Ileana. It was fantastic to work with Ranbir, he never made me feel as though I was someone he didn’t know. He was at ease interacting with everyone, which was great.”
She added, “Actually, I am a person who is not star struck by any actor. If anyone asks me, ‘Who is your favourite male star?’, I usually have nothing to say! So it was the same with RK. He is a chilled out guy, very regular and very normal in attitude. We used to chit chat on the sets and have tea while shooting in Darjeeling… it was a good atmosphere.”
Sumona bagged the role thanks to director Anurag Basu, whom she calls “Dada” and is in no tearing hurry to blow her trumpet. “It’s not my big Bollywood launch! Everybody is suddenly talking about my presence in the film. But I never wanted to talk about it. I just did the film for dada. I didn’t even know I was going to be a part of the trailer. It’s been a big bonus.”
This isn’t her first tryst with the big screen. As a youngster, Sumona says she featured in Aamir Khan-starrer Mann, which released in 1999. But now she wants to do more big screen projects, especially “character-driven” films.
“I certainly want to be a part of good cinema, and language is no barrier for me. I would love to do a Bengali film with Aparna Sen or Rituparno Ghosh. But good, character-driven cinema is what I am looking at. It’s very interesting to see the kind of new age cinema that’s prevalent today, and I am more inclined towards that,” she said.