A welcome to the newcomers

Debut film
Last Updated 18 February 2016, 18:40 IST

The Kapoors and Khans may make up a major part of the Hindi film industry but that doesn’t mean there is no room for newcomers. There is always a sense of excitement and anticipation when a fresh face is going to make his or her debut.

‘Ishq Forever’, which releases today, has the same air around it as it will see the transition of Krishna Chaturvedi from a model to an actor.

While it is Krishna’s debut film, it is also actor Ruhi Singh’s chance to play the lead in a movie. She has previously worked with Madhur Bhandarkar in his drama film ‘Calendar Girls’, but in this film, which is directed by Sameer Sippy (also a debut director), she plays the protagonist.

Talking about her role, she said, “Ria, my character, is a very free-spirited and bold girl. She wants to explore everything, like someone in college who is looking for new experiences. She lives in a fantasy world where she’s waiting for her Prince Charming and the ideal guy, but as the film moves along, you see how she changes and grows as a person.”

The romantic film sees the growth of Ruhi and Krishna’s characters. In fact, they help each other. “When my father in the film becomes the Prime Minister of the country, Ria goes a little berserk as she feels suffocated. This is when she takes off and embarks on a journey to meet new people. She meets Krishna’s character, Aryan, who loves to travel and they hit it off,” explained Ruhi.

Both the actors come from a modelling background and have worked hard in this film. “Becoming an actor was always on my mind. I grew up in Mathura but shifted to Delhi to study. Then I realised that I have to be in Mumbai if I want to pursue acting seriously. In order to survive and pay the bills for my acting classes, I began modelling,” said Krishna.

And neither of them is new to Bengaluru. Ruhi and Krishna have been a part of the Bangalore Fashion Week and said that they love coming back to the City. “I love Bengaluru and the spirit of the city. The last time I was here as a model and I was received well. I’m hoping I will get that love and support this time as well,” said Ruhi. Krishna added, “I feel at home here and I have many memories of this City.”

On why he chose this script, he said, “My character is very interesting. He’s a traveller and a free-spirited guy, and I can relate to that. It’s not your everyday guy-next-door character. Plus the team I worked with was amazing.” Since they are new to the industry and needed guidance while filming, they are all praises for Sameer  who directed them well. “Sameer is great to work with. He is quite patient with newcomers,” said Ruhi.

(Published 18 February 2016, 15:47 IST)

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