Elated with the response

Strong role

Elated with the response

Ecstatic over the critical acclaim for her performance in the Vidya Balan-starrer ‘Begum Jaan’, actor Gauahar Khan says the film is turning out as a career breakthrough for her and has been fetching her rave reviews from critics and audience alike.

The actor plays the character of Rubina, one of the sex workers in the Srijit Mukherji-directed film. She says the movie has managed to evoke a response from people who had not been in touch with her for years.“The last four days have been fantastic. After Rubina became a dream come true, now every second, every single minute, I have to refresh my mobile message inbox,” she said.

“People who had not spoken to me for ages are now reaching out to me and telling me how moved they are by my performance. I feel I am lucky,” Gauahar added.

Recalling the praise she received from producer Mahesh Bhatt, the actor said that he liked the subtlety she brought to her character.

“I still remember how, after a very intense performance in a scene, Mahesh ji told me how
most actors generally go over the top in the role of a sex worker by demonstrating a lot of physical movement. ‘But Gauahar, unlike most actors, you were so unaware about your body you became my true Rubina — Maheshji told me’,” she said.

The 33-year-old actor also said the length of the role never dominates her choice of the film.
“I will do it all. I am glad that I can do it all. I will pick any role that inspires me, not of any particular genre,” she said.

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