Sob­hita on play­ing a sex worker

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee

Ac­tor Sob­hita Dhuli­pala, who was seen in the re­cent Saif Ali Khan star­rer Chef, is thrilled about the kind of roles that she has been get­ting in Bol­ly­wood, not to for­get the south In­dian film in­dus­try. The for­mer Miss In­dia will next be seen play­ing a sex worker in the bilin­gual (Malay­alam and Hindi) fan­tasy ad­ven­ture film Moothon. In or­der to pre­pare her­self for the role, Sob­hita re­cently vis­ited the red light area of Ka­math­ipura in Mum­bai, and it turned out to be a lifechang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for her. “Be­ing a part of Mothoon led to some re­ally un­ex­pected char­ac­ter-build­ing. I play a feisty woman from Ka­math­ipura, the vi­cious un­der­belly of Bom­bay that has one of the largest broth­els in the world. Since we mostly shot guerilla style, I got to in­ter­act with the fam­i­lies there, and even lived in one of their tiny rooms,” she says. “In In­dia, peo­ple tend to get cat­e­gorised by their job, or caste, or colour. But in Ka­math­ipura, de­spite their hor­rid liv­ing, it was truly eye­open­ing how kind and sen­si­tive th­ese women are,” she added. The ac­tor, talk­ing about the ex­pe­ri­ence she gained while shoot­ing for the film, added, “It was a truly en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for a 24-year-old to be en­coun­ter­ing such ex­pe­ri­ences, and be­ing able to play a char­ac­ter that res­onates so fiercely with re­al­ity. I’m also grate­ful for hav­ing worked with a bril­liant team on this project [which had] Anurag Kashyap’s dia­logues, Geetu Mo­han­das’s direc­tion and Ra­jeev Ravi’s cin­e­matog­ra­phy.” Sob­hita was first seen in the Anurag Kashyap thriller Ra­man Raghav 2.0 (2016), where she was paired op­po­site Vicky Kaushal.

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