Way again in 2009, when Mahie Gill was working in her breakout movie Dev D, she had doubts about her unconventional function. She performed the function of a daring and brazen Paro in a contemporary adaptation of Devdas by Anurag Kashyap. Eleven years later, she is comfortable to see that Dev D belongs to the style of content material that the OTT viewers is lapping up now.
The actress might be seen in a face-off with Bhumi Pednekar in Durgamati, the horror thriller that releases right this moment. Mahie performs a CBI officer, a task very totally different from her previous work in movies like Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster and Dev D. The function was fairly difficult for her, she says, as she is used to doing sensible movies, and this one is a horror thriller.
Having labored in internet collection like Apharan, Fixerr and the internet film Posham Pa, Mahie is comfortable to see Durgamati attain the viewers by way of a streaming platform. Excerpts from an interview:
What made you’re taking up the function in Durgamati?
Our director G. Ashok had seen my movies and was actually considering working with me. As an actor this was a brand new style for me, I had not performed a CBI officer earlier. I was fairly excited as a result of this was a really totally different function for me. People who’ve seen the trailer, they mentioned they’re loving the look. In truth, I received a number of suggestions from individuals who mentioned that I am wanting very totally different. That is what I wished to hear.
Since this can be a horror thriller, was the taking pictures expertise totally different?
I would go away my vainness van and sit outdoors as a result of the complete art work, set designing and digicam work was so superb. And then I received to work with superb actors. Bhumi and I have such fascinating scenes, there was a pleasant give and take. If you might have a superb actor in entrance the work turns into extra fulfilling.
How tough or totally different was the function?
This function was fairly tough for me as a result of I have been doing sensible movies. My dialogue supply was very totally different in different movies. But right here, in the interrogation scenes, the approach you converse, the approach you conduct your self may be very, very totally different. So it was fairly difficult for me. I am from a military background so I was aware of the physique language and expressions. I am a disciplined individual myself, so that basically helped.
Now that the movie is releasing on Amazon Prime Video as an alternative of theatres, are you disillusioned?
The approach the movie has been made, I was hoping that it releases on the huge display screen. But at the identical time OTT is the future and reaching the folks is necessary. The topic is such that folks will love. The pandemic time has taught us that the scenario is in no one’s palms. All these months we’ve been watching stuff on OTT solely. I’m fairly content material and relieved that the movie is releasing and reaching the viewers.
You have all the time been a part of barely unconventional movies, and that’s the sort of content material OTT platforms are making now.
When I did Dev D, I didn’t know that’s going to be the future. I had grown up watching glamourous actresses in Yash Raj Films, and whereas doing Dev D I was questioning, ‘What am I doing?’. I didn’t know at that time that that is going to be the future, folks will need to do fascinating and robust roles like this. OTT is now the platform the place everybody needs to be. It is the greatest time and a lot work is going on on this medium.