'Comedy is a very tricky genre'

'Comedy is a very tricky genre'

Looking ahead

'Comedy is a very tricky genre'
After the success of ‘Kahaani 2’ and the audience appreciating her for her role opposite Arjun Rampal, Bollywood actor Manini Chadha has been receiving many offers and feels herself to be in a good space. In a candid chat with Tini Sara Anien, the young star sheds light on her journey so far.

Why did you get into acting?

My parents were into theatre and I dabbled in it during my school days. They  also encouraged me to watch movies from across the world and this, combined with my passion for acting, brought me to the film industry.

So how did ‘Kahaani 2’ happen?

I auditioned, the director Sujoy Ghosh thought I was good for it and voila, here I am!

When you realised you were going to act with Vidya Balan?

I was terrified! I was really worried about working with such a proficient artiste. But what worked out in my favour was that I didn’t have any scenes with her (laughs).

Your chemistry with Arjun Rampal.

Working with him was a lot of fun. I don’t think I was intimidated but since it was my first project, I wasn’t sure about what to expect.

Arjun would pull people’s legs but when it came shooting, he was the thorough professional who knew the technicalities.

Fun incidents on the sets.

We were shooting such a serious film but I don’t remember any day when we were not laughing or having a great time. Sujoy is constant entertainment; he was the best director-cum-jester.

After ‘Kahaani 2’...

I’ve been listening to scripts, meeting new people and auditioning for projects. I was concerned about getting stereotyped but thankfully it hasn’t happened.

A genre that you want to work in.

Psychological horror is unexplored in our industry. But comedy is a very tricky genre. I think comedy will push me or drain me out of all my inhibitions.

Lessons you’ve learnt from the industry.

I’ve learnt the nuances of being around people, from Vidya Balan. She lights up the room and that’s how stars should be.

Fan moments?

In your own city, people are more cautious about approaching you. In other cities, people get excited and want to take photographs.

Your favourite pastime.

I love travelling. I also like reading. I’m a no-exercise person, but running helps me recharge nowadays. 

Things you cannot survive without.

If we are talking about materialist things, then definitely my phone. Otherwise, I cannot live without my family.
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