Here’s why Sanya is stressed about at­tend­ing Ber­lin Film Fes­ti­val

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Juhi Chakraborty [email protected]

It’s dou­ble joy for Sanya Mal­ho­tra. The ac­tor’s up­com­ing film is not just be­ing screened at the pres­ti­gious Ber­lin Film Fes­ti­val but she has also been fea­tured in the Ber­li­nale Break­outs as one of five tal­ents to look out for by The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. Sanya’s ini­tial re­ac­tion to mak­ing it to the list was not that of ex­hil­a­ra­tion, rather she was quite un­fazed by it. The rea­son — she didn’t re­alise that it was a big deal.

“I didn’t know how to re­act. I was trav­el­ling and when I landed in Mum­bai I got a What­sApp mes­sage from Rad­hika (Madan; ac­tor). She sent me a cut out of the ar­ti­cle. I thought, ‘nice’. I didn’t know that it’s a very big deal. My mother was so ex­cited about it and oth­ers started con­grat­u­lat­ing me. It was then that I re­alised that it is very im­por­tant,” she says.

Pho­to­graph, di­rected by Ritesh Ba­tra, will be screened on Fe­bru­ary 13 at Ber­li­nale, in Ber­lin, and it had its world pre­miere at the re­cent­ly­con­cluded Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val, in USA.

“When I am ap­pre­ci­ated like this, it ob­vi­ously feels great. Af­ter that [list] came out, I am now feel­ing very stressed about at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val,” says Sanya with a laugh.

The ac­tor calls the project, which also stars ac­tor Nawazud­din Sid­diqui, very close to her heart and says that she is look­ing for­ward to see­ing au­di­ences’ re­ac­tion at the film fes­ti­val.

So, be­sides at­tend­ing the film fes­ti­val, what else is she look­ing for­ward to do in the Ger­man cap­i­tal?

“I want to see the Ber­lin Wall. But I will only be there for two days as I have to come back and start shoot­ing for my next film (an Anurag Basu di­rec­to­rial). Hope­fully, I will get some time to go around and see some places. If not, I will def­i­nitely go back some time. For now, my film is my pri­or­ity there,” she says.

SANYA MAL­HO­TRA’S UP­COM­ING FILM IS NOT JUST BE­ING SCREENED AT THE PRES­TI­GIOUS BER­LIN FILM FES­TI­VAL BUT SHE HAS ALSO BEEN FEA­TURED IN THE BER­LI­NALE BREAK­OUTS AS ONE OF FIVE TAL­ENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR BY THE HOL­LY­WOOD RE­PORTER

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