Rich his­tory to Mer­chants role

Joondalup Times - - STAGE - Sara Fitz­patrick

SOME in­ter­vie­wees give run-of-the-mill quotes – their story can al­most be writ­ten be­fore they open their mouths – and then there is Mum­bai beauty Carol Fur­tado. The Mer­chants of Bol­ly­wood lead­ing lady did not al­ways dream of a life on stage, nor was she devoted to Bol­ly­wood.

In fact, Fur­tado un­wit­tingly – and re­luc­tantly – fell into dance and the role of Aye­sha Mer­chant.

Her fate un­folded when a chore­og­ra­pher saw her danc­ing with friends in a pub and from there she went on to per­form in mu­sic videos and at gigs, in­clud­ing one along­side Slash, of Guns N’ Roses.

“I told my friend, ‘please don’t get me in­volved in this Bol­ly­wood s***, I just want to do my mu­sic videos and dance around’,” the per­former said.

“But my friend went be­hind my back and sent my pic­tures and de­tails to the pro­duc­ers and one day they called me.”

Fur­tado de­cided to “save face” and have a cof­fee with pro­duc­ers.

“I was just go­ing to have one cap­puc­cino, then wipe my hands of it and the next thing I know the di­rec­tor takes me to a con­cert hall, where all the ac­tors of the pro­duc­tion are, and says, ‘read this’,” she said.

“I thought I would just get to the last page of the script and then the di­rec­tor said, ‘th­ese are the dates, let’s talk con­tract’.

“My plan was to go along with it and then go home and call say­ing, ‘sorry, no’.”

Emails quickly went out say­ing Fur­tado had the role.

“I thought, ‘my God, I have to do this’,” Fur­tado said.

“Then they told me the con­tract was for three months and I said, ‘OK, fine’ and the show did so well that the con­tract went for nine months.”

Carol Fur­tado, from The Mer­chants of Bol­ly­wood.

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