Sobhita on playing a sex worker
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.