DON’T WANT TO BOX MY­SELF: BANITA SANDHU

The ac­tor says her fo­cus is on good con­tent, whether in the realm of ‘com­mer­cial’ or ‘in­de­pen­dent’ cinema

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - TIME OUT -

Bri­tish-in­dian ac­tor Banita Sandhu, who made her de­but with Shoo­jit Sir­car’s Oc­to­ber, says she does not want to limit her­self to a par­tic­u­lar genre.

The 20-year-old ac­tor says she en­joys com­mer­cial cinema and she wants to be as­so­ci­ated with good con­tent. “I don’t want to box my­self into any­thing. I have done Oc­to­ber and I am su­per happy. I want to be ver­sa­tile and work with dif­fer­ent cre­ative peo­ple. If it is a massy film, great. Or if it is go­ing to be an in­de­pen­dent film with a first-time di­rec­tor, that also will be great. I just want to be cre­atively pas­sion­ate about the project. “...We all have grown up watch­ing (com­mer­cial cinema) and there is a rea­son they do well. But at the same time, I am so driven cre­atively to push the en­ve­lope and bound­aries and creat­ing new con­tent,” says Banita.

The ac­tor re­ceived ap­pre­ci­a­tion for her per­for­mance as Shi­uli, a ho­tel trainee who goes into coma after a freak ac­ci­dent. The film also starred Varun Dhawan as the pro­tag­o­nist.

“I am in­debted to Shoo­jit Sir­car (di­rec­tor) for trust­ing me with this role. It was a life chang­ing role for me. It looked easy on screen but it wasn’t. We all worked as a team to pull it off. The re­sponse we got is in­cred­i­ble. I feel blessed and grate­ful to be part of the project,” she says.

After shoot­ing for the movie, Banita re­turned to the UK to film Diljit Dosanjh’s mu­sic video Jind Mahi. The ac­tor says Diljit ap­proached her team for the song and she was ex­cited to work with him. “I am a Pun­jabi and my fam­ily likes Diljit. They are more ex­cited about this mu­sic video. I am a huge fan of Diljit and Udta Pun­jab (2016) is one of my favourite films. It was an en­joy­able shoot,” she says.

About films, Banita says she is yet to zero in on her next project.

Ac­tor Banita Sandhu made her de­but with Shoo­jit Sir­car’s Oc­to­ber, this year

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