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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.”


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.


“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

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