The Ladies vs Ricky Bahl actor is playing a paranormal character in Pizza 3D. Here’s an exclusive chat with the pretty lady
Dipannita Sharma is all set to surprise, or should we say shock (also read as scare) everyone by her latest role in Pizza 3D. The actor will be seen playing a paranormal character in the film. We had an exclusive chat with the lovely lady, with the misconception that she will be doing an item number in the film. While she doesn’t have an item number in Pizza, don’t be disappointed as she will be delivering a dance number in one of her other upcoming projects. Dipannita has shared screen space with Ranveer Singh in the past, and she is all praises for the young lad. Read on to know what Dipannita has to say about Pizza, Akshay Akkineni, the film’s director and about her upcoming projects…
Are you doing an item number in Pizza 3D?
No, I am not doing an item number in Pizza 3D. I have a role in Pizza. Item number is in another film. Pizza is a horror film in which I am playing a very important character. There’s no space for an item number in Pizza. It’s another film. That is a thriller film where we are discussing an item number right now. I have never done an item number. We have not started shooting it yet but we are going to. In Pizza, I am playing a paranormal character. It’s a horror film but the approach is very different from what you have seen in Hindi cinema horror.
So tell us something about your role in Pizza…
My part is a very crucial part, which is the paranormal and the mysterious part. This character makes the story go forward and brings in new twists and turns. It was great fun playing a paranormal character for the first time. I have not done a horror film before and I am a huge horror fan so being a part of a film like this is very exciting.
As you say that you are a big horror film fan, so which is your all time favourite horror film?
It’s so difficult because I love horror films from all over the world. So I have seen fantastic films not just from Hollywood but from Japan, Korea and they make such amazing films. I think I will have to name one from each place. In English, The Shining is my all time favourite. In Hindi, I like old films such as Kohra and Bees Saal Baad. From Japan, Korea and that side, I think Ju-on and Ringu are amazing.
Can you name any English horror film that deserves to be remade in Hindi?
The Shining is a very old story, and everyone knows that they cannot remake it as there’s no substance to it. But I think last year, there were two films called The Conjuring and Sinister with Ethan Hawke in it. If these two get remade, if they get the rights and remake these films and give it a new twist, I think it would be quite fun.
Have you ever experienced a spooky incident in your real-life?
I think because I am such a horror movie fan and I am so excited about watching horror films, I think I have never had a spooky experience in my real-life. I am always really careful. If I am travelling somewhere and I see a street that looks spooky or something, I would never go into it. I am very wary of these kinds of things. The paranormal is something which is unexplained. I can’t say that I believe in it but there is this inherency that better safe, than sorry. I have heard a lot of stories that people have had in their lives. But me myself have never had a spooky experience. But I love watching a horror movie and getting scared.
And were there any spooky incidents while shooting for Pizza…
I think the days when I was shooting, I was the spook factor. I would walk onto the sets and everyone, the production boys, attendants and everyone, would not even look at my face. I looked very different in this film, something that I am not associated with. So it was a sense of achievement for me that people were getting scared looking at me. Since I was the spook factor, everyone would say, whenever you come on sets, there is something or the other falling somewhere, we would hear loud bangs somewhere. The house where we were shooting really looked like a haunted house. We all would always hear things around whenever we were shooting in that house. For me, I had fun being able to scare people while shooting.
Pizza 3D is a remake of a South film, which was quite a hit. What are your expectations?
Yes, it was a Tamil film, which was made in Telugu also, I believe. When Akshay (Akkineni) met me, he told me very clearly, that he didn’t want me to have any influences from any other character or anything that anyone else has played. He didn’t want me to see the film. He wanted a fresh approach. We all knew it was a Tamil remake but we were told not to watch it. I haven’t seen it but now I will. I have been dying to watch it. I believe it was a fantastic film.
How was it working with Akshay?
When they told me how young he is, I felt it’s amazing to know what you want to do in life when you are so young. He is very talented. He is also very passionate about horror because he is also a horror genre fan. It’s always nice to have a director who is on the same page. I think he was happy that there is an actor who is also on the same page. There was a great understanding. It didn’t take too long for both of us to grasp what each other wanted from the scene. He is a very bright boy and has a great future.
Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, they are hot from the newer lot – who’d you like to work with?
I have already worked with Ranveer and he was great. He was fantastic. I always say that he is one of those guys, he is not calculative at all. He won’t think too much before saying something. He is not pretending to be someone else in public, which is a wonderful quality he has, and I hope he always keeps that. He has a great future and I’d love to work with him again. They are all nice. They are all proving themselves. When it comes to co-actors, I never say ‘I only want to work with him or I don’t want to work with that actor.’ If I like my character, I am game to act opposite or with anybody, really!
What else is in pipeline for you after Pizza 3D?
After Pizza, I have a social-drama called Take It Easy, in which I am playing a middle-class mother, a homemaker for the first time. I try to do something different every time, so that people feel that she can do this as well. The subject of Take It Easy is amazing as it’s about urban life and the pressures of urban life. But it’s told in a very fun manner, it’s not a preachy film. It’s a complete family film because there are lot of kids in it. So the audience that it caters to is very wide. Then, I have a thriller, the item song that you were talking about. That is not an item song, but I have a full-fledged role in it. And this item song has been a little bit of an addition now. We are still figuring out how best to go about it. I have not been comfortable about the item song space. When you say it’s an ‘item song’, it gives a different dimension and idea to people, which is what I am not comfortable with. I love dancing. So that’s what we are trying to work around so that it doesn’t come across as a brazen item song. The character I play in this film is very exciting as it’s a grey character. This one is uber glamorous. Onscreen, I haven’t played such a glamorous character. It’s nothing compared to what I have done so far in films.
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