The moment Ileana D'Cruz entered the room and greeted us with a warm smile we knew that this was going to be one of those fun-filled conversations. Sliding off her high heels she settled into her couch-chair and there, we knew it, this girl is going to speak straight from her heart.
The 'Rustom' actress bares all about her upcoming film, the challenges of her role, why she couldn't be a part of 'M.S. Dhoni' biopic, love and much more.
Excerpts from the chat-
1. 'I Was Genuinely Shocked That I Was Being Offered An Amazing Film Like 'Rustom'
I wanted to take out some time for myself after 'Happy Ending'. Whatever offers that I was getting were rubbish. Then there was a film that I was meant to do. However towards the end something happened and they went ahead with somebody else. Initially it felt very weird but then I would like to think that whatever happens, happens for the best. As luck would have it, that film tanked and I was like 'Yayy'. (laughs). I won't tell you the name of the film of course because it's not fair to them. Later I had a lovely chat with the director. I just think that sometimes things happen for the better and genuinely after a year or so I ended up meeting Tinu for 'Rustom'. I had already met Neeraj (Pandey) twice before and unfortunately both those films didn't work out so I was pretty much expecting disappointment again. I was like this man makes amazing films but I never end up doing them. So I didn't know what to expect from 'Rustom'. All I knew that it was a film backed by Neeraj with Akshay Kumar in lead. However when the script was being narrated to me I had pretty much tuned in and in my head I knew what to expect. It had me hooked right from the beginning. I was genuinely shocked that I was being offered such an amazing film. After so many 'rubbish' films coming to me, I was shocked that people were actually making good films. I was like I don't care what it takes, I don't even care if I get paid but I have to do this film.
2. 'You Can't Really Satisfy Everybody With Your Choice Of Films'
You can't always do serious and heavy kind of films. 'Barfi' could have come across a very serious film but it had certain funny factor to it. I was offered serious films after that. But like I said, some of them just didn't work out. So I ended up doing more commercial films. Honestly it was just a coincidence. I don't have a plan in place that my next is going to be this sort of a film. It was more like 'okay at this moment it seems like a good film to do so let's just do it.' I think that it's the expectations that people expect you to do things. Some people would expect me to do more films like 'Main Tera Hero'. So you can't really satisfy everybody in one go. Every film that I have done till now, I have done with my whole heart.
3. 'I Love The Challenge Of Not Knowing Whether I Would Be Able To Pull Off A Role'
I knew nothing about 'Rustom'. In fact I asked my manager what is 'Rustom'. She told me that it's a film coming up with Akshay. Then I googled it and found nothing. But when I heard the story I was literally blown away. It's quite flattering when someone offers you a role which has so much of depth and scope to really perform. When I signed 'Rustom' I had no confidence if I could pull my role off. In a way maybe it's good I didn't have that much confidence because that can sometimes lead to overconfidence. I love the challenge of not knowing whether I would be able to pull it off. I don't care that it took me a year and a half to do this film.
4. 'I Was A Bit Choosy When I Started Receiving Similar Roles After 'Main Tera Hero'
'Main Tera Hero' was like one of those comedies where you sort of put your brain on a stand by mode for a bit. With such genres you can just sit back, have a great laugh and go home. However comedy is not easy. I have a great actor to back on, like, Varun (Dhawan) who is brilliant at his job, We had David Dhawan. So it was a good combination. So I think that I was a bit choosy when similar roles were being offered to me post that film.
5. 'I Am Not Sure If I Can Carry A Film Just On My Own Right Now'
You need someone to back the film. Not a great thing for an actor to say but I am not sure if I can carry a film just on my own right now. For me every film is like a learning experience and I go into it hoping that I could pull it off. At the end of the day I look at my director's face and see if I did my shot well. For me that's sort of success. One day I would love to do a film that's probably just banked on me but I need that director who would just sort of support me. But for now I think it's good to establish yourself with strong actors.
6. 'I Am Quite A Cry Baby'
It's kind of tricky situation. I have been cheated on before in relationships. So I know the feeling on the other side. But to actually do the act on screen was a bit tricky because more than anything it wasn't the 'cheating' part that was difficult but more the aftermath. So I would put myself in that emotional hell. I think that if you are emotionally there and can put yourself in that scenario, then you can pull it off. Sometimes Tinu would just sit with me and run me through the script quickly. But the time he would reach the end, I would be in tears. So I am quite a cry baby.
7. 'I Can't Look At Myself On Screen'
I felt really weird watching myself on screen for 'Rustom'. I haven't cut my hair this short since college. Firstly it was that. Secondly I was sporting a black hair. So it just felt like 'Oh my god, is that me?' I wasn't sure of what people would think about my new look. I can't look at myself on screen. I feel very strange and odd. Initially we tried a few wigs for my look but I looked more like an old lady so eventually I told the director that I would rather cut off my hair. He was more worried that I would just chop off my locks and then regret it.
8. I Am Not The Sort Of Person Who Would Sit And Sulk
I had lost the hope of good films coming my way to an extent. I went through a little phase where I just accepted it. I am not the sort of person who would sit and sulk and be like 'Oh my life has come to an end'. It's just that I assumed that I don't have a lot of films coming my way so let's accept the reality now. This was the longest time that I haven't worked and ironically my last film was called 'Happy Ending'. Everyone was like you disappeared. But hey, I am not going to sit cooped up at home. I am used to my huge family. My mom was in America so I paid a visit to her. I traveled all over the place.
9. 'After Doing A Film Like 'Happy Ending' I Have Become More Particular About Hearing What I Am Getting Into'
I was in talks with Neeraj for 'M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story'. We chatted like for an hour in his office. I think it's a very sensitive film. I didn't know anything about the film and Dhoni as well because I am not much into cricket. He wasn't willing to share a lot about the film which is understandable. We just left it off there and hoped that we would soon do a film together. I prefer hearing the whole story. I think after doing a film like 'Happy Ending' which I expected to work but didn't, I was more particular about hearing what I am getting into. He completely respected that.
10. 'I Am Super Excited About 'Baadshaho'
I am a bit superstitious but Milan Luthria has already made the announcement. I am super excited about 'Baadshaho'. I think Milan is a fantastic director and I always wanted to work with him. We had a very chance meeting on the sets of 'Rustom' and I didn't expect him to revert. After 3 months he just called me out of the blue for 'Baadshaho'.