Bold is definitely beautiful here...
Patralekha took a devilish turn for her second film Love Games after regaling us with her village belle act in Citylights. We were definitely shocked and we knew we need to speak to her about this gallant makeover. And we did only to find out that the actress doesn't think it was a drastic makeover at all. It was her rural act in Citylights which needed more transformation. Here's the actress speaking about her character of Ramona from Love Games and more.
You stunned everyone with your transformation into a wild woman in Love Games. How did you react when you saw yourself on screen as Ramona?
I was shooting the film, so I always checked myself on the monitor. It looked the way it is supposed to be. So I wasn't taken aback because I knew what I shot. Vikram Bhatt has a boundscript and he sticks to it. What I shot for it was what on the trailer. I am an actor I am here to my job. I played a character. My character in Citylights was a far cry from what I am. For me, honestly, being the rural girl was more of a makeover in terms of looks, body language and others.
How did Rajkummar react to the trailer?
Raj Kummar had seen the trailer much before and he knew what was coming. He wasn't surprised or anything. Everybody is asking me the same thing.
The film looks a lot like Cruel Intentions. Was any reference taken from any film?
No, no! A lot of people are saying it looks like Cruel Intentions, Fatal Attraction etc. It is not a copy or remake of any of these films. But yes, I had to take reference because I come from a middle-class family. I don't belong to this super hi-fi society and parties. I have never been to one. I had no idea. So when Vikram sir narrated the script, I knew I am doing this character because I felt that I will not get this opportunity or nobody will give me a character like this. So I said yes in a jiffy. Then I asked him if such things really happen and he told me so many stories. He told me that this is something he saw very closely. I watched Basic Instinct couple of times, otherwise where will you gather such information. Vikram sir only asked me to watch Basic Instincts to get a hang of the character.
Do you identify with the character you are playing in this film?
Not at all! Ramona is this unapologetic woman who just doesn't care. Who doesn't believe in love. For me, love is my support system and my lifeline. Love for my family, friends, my boyfriend, eight dogs that I have. For me it's all about love but Ramona is nothing about love. She just loves herself, period.
When on love, you must be aware about the many breakups and divorces that are going around in the industry. Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut's legal notices have made it even more controversial. How will you behave if ever your relationship with Rajkummar goes through troubled times?
If I feel my relationship is going through such a phase, we both will cordially and very amicably call it off. I don't want to get so bitter about anyone. It is too much to carry, too much negativity. Also, Rajkummar and I are from non-filmi backgrounds. Just working here means so much to us. No matter what happens with us, we will never sabotage each other's career for sure. I am very happy.
Did it you ever regret accepting your relationship with Rao in public?
I am this girl next door who is dating this boy. I don't know what is there to hide. Maybe you know if my father or my mother had been a film actor, things could have been different. There is so many things you need to think at that level. I am the first person in my family to enter this industry. Nobody knows what is wrong or right. So what seems right to me is right to me.
What kind of reaction are you expecting from the public after watching Love Games?
I want people to hate me and come out. In Citylights, I wanted them to sympathise with me but here, I want them to come out and hate me.
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