This was the most chal­leng­ing role: Tisca Cho­pra

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Sneha Ma­hade­van

Tisca Cho­pra and Naseerud­din Shah are back with a new adap­ta­tion of Shake­speare’s Ti­tus An­dron­i­cus — The Hun­gry. In this macabre fairy tale set in the elite cir­cles of north In­dia, Tisca plays Tulsi Joshi, a widow and bride-tobe, who comes to her own wed­ding seek­ing re­venge for the mur­der of her first born son. The film is be­ing pre­miered at the on­go­ing Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (TIFF), Canada. For Tisca, TIFF is not a new ex­pe­ri­ence as she was there in 2015 too. “Kissa pre­miered in Toronto in 2015. I am very fa­mil­iar with the film fes­ti­val. This is a pres­ti­gious elite club of film con­nois­seurs. It’s a huge hon­our for us,” she says. While work­ing on a Shake­speare play is a de­light for any artiste, Tisca says work­ing with Naseerud­din was the ic­ing on the cake. “While work­ing on the film, we knew there was magic on the set. When it is a Shake­speare play and you have Naseer to per­form it with, can you ask for any­thing bet­ter?” she says. Though Tisca is known to be a fine ac­tor, she ad­mits that it wasn’t an easy role to play and that there were times when she doubted her abil­ity as an artiste. “It was the most chal­leng­ing part I had done to date. I was fright­ened out of my wits. To do cer­tain scenes, I al­most didn’t eat for a few nights. I chewed Naseer sir’s brain be­cause I didn’t know how to ap­proach the scenes. He just let me break out in cold sweat and we would then dis­cuss for hours. In fact, he nick named me ‘tis­cus­sion’ (laughs). Of course, it wasn’t so funny back then,” she ex­plains. The ac­tor is known to pick and choose roles care­fully and is hardly seen in back-to-back projects. Tisca blames that on her low thresh­old for bore­dom. “I think, pri­mar­ily, I get eas­ily bored. I have an at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der. Un­less some­thing is mind­bog­glingly grip­ping or dif­fi­cult, I am out of there. I am al­ways up for a good laugh. I don’t like very ob­vi­ous, lay­ered things. I look at in­tel­li­gent writ­ing, not lazy writ­ing,” she signs off.

PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA

Tisca Cho­pra

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