‘This is as good as it gets’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Kavita Awaasthi kavita.awaasthi@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in tele­vi­sion, Mouni Roy has struck gold in cinema. She makes her Bol­ly­wood de­but with the film Gold, which has Ak­shay Ku­mar in the lead, is pro­duced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sid­hwani, and di­rected by Reema Kagti. “I couldn’t be hap­pier. I couldn’t get luck­ier. It

couldn’t have been bet­ter. This is as good as it gets,” says a su­per-ex­cited Mouni, fa­mous for the se­rial Naa­gin. “I’m so ex­cited to be a part of Gold, a film star­ring Ak­shay sir. I had [ear­lier] been short­listed for other films, but noth­ing worked out. I be­lieve ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son, and I guess this was sup­posed to be my start.”

Mouni was on ten­ter­hooks for a while af­ter her Gold au­di­tion. “For the long­est time, I didn’t know if I’d be do­ing it or not. Two months af­ter the au­di­tion, I got a text from the cast­ing rep, say­ing I was short­listed. Even­tu­ally, it worked out.” And her im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion? Mouni replies, “I’m a per­son of dis­be­lief and con­fu­sion and nerves, so good news takes a lot of time to sink in.”

The ac­tor says that though she is “not am­bi­tious at all”, she is “pas­sion­ate” about work, and so want­ing bet­ter roles and projects would be a given. “You want to push your­self cre­atively,” she says.

Though ex­cited about do­ing a big film, Mouni says that tele­vi­sion is her “place of wor­ship” and her bread and but­ter. There­fore, fu­ture plans in­clude try­ing to have the best of both worlds.

Films give you the op­por­tu­nity to play dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters, un­like daily soaps. Hav­ing said that, TV has given me my life

MOUNI ROY, AC­TOR

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