May 10 2012 by Devansh Patel, Fulham Chronicle
DON’T judge Shazahn Padamsee by her looks alone.
The actress is unafraid to speak her mind and unlike the quotes from actresses that generally sound a bit cliché, this interview is not. She talks not only about her new movie Disco Valley but the reason why sequels work, why it is still such a taboo to wear a bikini, and about the return of the era of storytelling.
At a time when Bollywood is slowly but surely taking a u-turn back to what it used to do best – tell good stories – it’s refreshing to know that actors too are willing to be a part of that process.
DEVANSH PATEL: Congratulations on Disco Valley.
SHAZAHN PADAMSEE: Thank you so much. To bag an out and out experimental movie and that too with a lead role as an actress is something I never saw coming. But Sid Jain from iRock thought that I would fit the role perfectly. Disco Valley is a mad and crazy movie about the end of the world and I am in the middle of its absolutely wild party. I was amazed with the story of Disco Valley. It’s a new genre being introduced to Bollywood.
DP: So, how do you describe the commercialism in Hindi movies today, with so many diverse genres being made?
SP: It’s so good to know that commercialism has been redefined in our film industry. It was never about small budget movies and big budget movies. It was always the story, the script that triumphed. The yesteryear greats like Sai Paranjpe and Hrishikesh Mukherjee always made diverse films but some of them went on to become cult comedies and commercial successes. With movies like Delhi Belly, Kahaani and Vicky Donor, the era of storytelling is coming back.
DP: What’s your selection procedure for any movie? Gone are the days of lead actress roles.
SP: You are right. My selection of movies will purely depend on which story excites me. I don’t mind an ensemble movie. I don’t mind a period flick, I don’t mind a bizarre horror film too. As long as the story and the character make sense, I will do it without any hesitation.
DP: In the recent past, which movies have left a lasting impression on you?
SP: Recently I’ve loved The Social Network and The Descendants. I am currently hooked on Entourage, a US sitcom, and eagerly want to see The Avengers. I am a big fan of Robert Downey Jr and Iron Man. I love his humour.
DP: Is sporting a bikini in a Bollywood movie still considered taboo?
SP: I don’t understand why sporting a bikini is such a big issue in our movies. I mean, if someone has to come out looking sexy from the water, she can’t be wearing jeans and a top. It will look dumb. As long as the aesthetics are in place, no actress should have any problem sporting a bikini. It’s too early for me to comment on my look in Disco Valley and whether I will be wearing a bikini or not.
DP: You’ve been a part of a sequel, Housefull 2. What is your take on sequels in general?
SP: The fun thing about sequels is that they already have a brand value attached and a massive fan following. I love sequels. That’s why I did Housefull 2. Also, I am looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises, The Iron Man 3, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel and Dabangg 2, Ragini MMS 2. Sequels not only make business sense but are also a challenge for the director and its writers. It has to be 10 times better because expectations are sky high.