‘MEDIUM DOESN’T MATTER, ONLY WORK DOES’
Having played different kind of roles in films, theatre, TV and web series, Lucknow girl Aahana Kumra of ‘Lipstick Under the Burka’ fame feels that this is the best time for female actors to be in the industry.
“There is so much work for girls now and the industry too has completely changed. The mainstream actors have realized this now as well. ‘Ab heroine ban ke ghoomna nahi chalega!’ Those films are not working now. Young guys are on the block and are giving blockbusters,” says the actor who is currently shooting for web series ‘Rangbaaz’ in her hometown.
“I have opened myself to all kind of possibilities and the work too has started falling in place. Lipstick… changed me completely. I have become a strong feminist now. I have got a clarity that what kind of cinema I don’t want to do,” she says.
Aahana learnt her lesson the hard way. “After Anurag Kashyap’s TV show ‘Yudh’ and working with Mr (Amitabh) Bachchan I thought my time has come but nothing happened. There was a big gap. No one arrives with something. You need to constantly work only then something will happen,” she says.
“When I come here it’s like time slows down for me. I get time to relax, go shopping in Aminabad, visit parlour and food joints which I am actually not able to do in Mumbai. I wish to go to my alma mater (La Martiniere Girls College),” says Aahana.
She gets nostalgic as she talks about her erstwhile home. “I went to see my house (Aashirwad) in Vishwas Khand, Gomti Nagar. It has been sold now and standing in front of it I got very emotional. My mom had built every bit of that three-storied home of ours. We know the efforts that went
into making it and selling it was the worst period of our life,” she says.
On working in city she says, “I always wanted to make my ‘janambhoomi’ my ‘karambhoomi’ and the moment I said yes to the show the makers told me that we are shooting in Lucknow. I am very excited. I have done lot of plays in Lucknow through our Ansh Theatre Group but never in front of camera.”
Her favourite food spots still are old ones. “Chinese delicacies of Chung Fa are my favourite followed by Clarks Awadh and Royal Café. I am so happy that so many lounges and food chain have come up in the city but our old ones and Aminabad food are the best.”
WEB SERIES ‘RANGBAAZ’
She plays actor Sakib’s (Saleem) love interest in the show. “It’s an interesting love story in this gangster’s bloody tale. I am playing a street-smart Lucknow-girl of 90s. Also, when I was shooting those scenes of that era it was déjà vu for me as I have grown up listening to those time songs and going to these places in city,” she says.
“I came on board due to the relationship that has been shown in the series. After my briefing it was like I have to do it and then shooting in Lucknow was the icing on the cake. My character is the pivotal point of the series,” she says.
DABBLING IN ALL MEDIUMS
“I have never bothered about length of role instead it’s the character that excites me the most. I don’t care about the medium or production house. Be it TV, film, web or theatre it does not matter. But yes I want to refrain from regressive TV shows. Even if it’s a very good content on TV, its progression boils down to regression,” she says.
“I think in today’s world no one cares for the medium and if your work is good you will surely get a chance. In films girls have comparatively very less work while in web series there is lot of good work for them. TV is a woman’s domain but unfortunately they have got stuck to kitchen politics but in web women are ruling. I am very happy dabbling in all mediums,” says the actor.
Actor Aahana Kumra at her erstwhile house in Lucknow