From a famous face of the advertisement world to becoming a sensation down in the south, Pia Bajpai has come a long way. And now, the talented and gorgeous actress is making sure that she makes her presence felt in the Hindi Film Industry too!
As the 'Mumbai Delhi Mumbai' and 'Laal Rang' actress gears up for the release of her upcoming short film co-starring Akshay Oberoi and Divyendu Sharma, here are excerpts from a candid interview with her about 'The Virgins', working with a good director and lots more...
Q. Tell us about your role in ‘The Virgins’
A. See, bohot choti si film hai yeh. We completed the shoot in 3 days…we shot for two days in Dahanu and one day in Mumbai. Coming to my role…this happens even in small towns these days that people go on to have affairs and be in relationships. However when it comes to marriage, maybe no one says it, but they all want to know whether the person they will get married to has been into relationship or not, and whether he or she is virgin or not. And I am playing a girl who is going to get married, and how she starts getting trapped into this thinking of people. Jo reality mein hota bhi hai logo ke saath…
Q. What made you select this short film?
A. The concept was good. Sandeep is a good director whose previous directorial ‘Manjunath’ received a lot of critical acclaim. So I feel that one should always work with a good director, be it a short film or a feature film, because it gives you a lot of experience and you get to learn a lot. Plus, Akshay was there with me in ‘Laal Rang’ and since we started shooting for ‘The Virgins’ while the promotions for ‘Laal Rang’ were on, the bonding between us was strong…so everything was quite positive on the sets. Even Divyendu was there with whom I was working for the first time…so everything went well. And I always go with my gut feeling so I thought that this film was worth being a part of.
Q. How different was it shooting for a short film than shooting for a feature film?
A. Bohot farak padta hai! You have to finish the entire film in limited days, and everything happens in a compact way since short films don’t have a huge budget and you have to convey everything in a small set-up.
Q. How different is your chemistry with Akshay Oberoi in ‘The Virgins’ from ‘Laal Rang’?
A. You really can’t compare from ‘Laal Rang’ since I was playing a girl from Saharanpur in that movie. Iss mein toh main yahin ki hun…from a small town but my character has no rustic touch to it. She is from a well-read family, and she surely isn’t an innocent one as she has seen everything and understands it all. And anyways, ‘Laal Rang’ was anyways a proper feature film and this is just a short film. So no comparisons at all.
Q. Akshay Oberoi or Divyendu Sharma, who is a better co-star?
A. Ahaan! (smiles) I can’t say who is a better one as they both are two different kinds of actors and have a different style of working. I feel that Akshay is a method actor while Divyendu, on the other hand, is a very spontaneous one. So I enjoyed working with both of them as I do not have combined scenes with both of them. I have different scenes with Akshay and different scenes with Divyendu. So yes, I enjoyed working both of them.
Q. What next after ‘The Virgins’?
A. My film ‘Mirza and Juliet’ is coming up and will be releasing in August or September…date is not fixed yet! And I think I will find some film pretty soon in a few days.
Here’s wishing the actress lots of luck for the upcoming short film and all her future projects.