Why it took Tia 13 takes to get a kiss­ing scene right

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shreya Mukher­jee ■ shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Not ev­ery ac­tor is com­fort­able get­ting in­ti­mate on screen, es­pe­cially when the ac­tors in­volved in the scene have never met be­fore. A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent hap­pened with ac­tor Tia Ba­j­pai re­cently. While shoot­ing for a web se­ries, the ac­tor had to kiss her co-star Rus­laan Mum­taz, and they took 13 takes to fi­nally get the scene right.

“I was not un­com­fort­able kiss­ing on screen as I have done it be­fore in Haunted 3D (2011) as well as 1920 Evil Re­turns (2012). It’s just that I was a lit­tle shy,” says Tia.

“The first day I met Rus­laan, we were sup­posed to shoot a love­mak­ing scene. It was awk­ward as we didn’t know each other. But then the unit mem­bers left the set ex­cept for Vikram (Bhatt, di­rec­tor) sir and we shot the scene. Rus­laan is a help­ful co-ac­tor. We have de­vel­oped a great friend­ship,” says Tia.

Helmed by Vikram Bhatt, the se­ries ‘is a re­venge story about a rape sur­vivor’. “Vikram sir has di­rected most of the por­tions and he was there when the kiss­ing scene was hap­pen­ing. I’m com­fort­able in front of him be­cause I have a very long as­so­ci­a­tion with him… He’s a bril­liant di­rec­tor. If I may say, he’s an ac­tor’s di­rec­tor. He tells me the lesser you do things on screen, the bet­ter it looks,” says the ac­tor.

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