The transition from beauty pagent to commercial modelling to Bollywood has certainly been done before: Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta and Neha Dhupia, to name a few.
But former Miss India 2004 Mugdha Godse is set to walk this well-worn path in Madhur Bhandakar's Fashion, her inaugural role in Bollywood. Appropriately enough, Mugdha will play a 'bindaas' fashion model in a film which focuses almost exclusively on high fashion. So was it much of a transition at all, seeing that she's an experienced model herself? Not for Mugdha, who claims she's gone from "the catwalk to the cakewalk."
In this interview with rediff.com's Matthew Schneebeger, the up and comer talks about working with the talented filmmaker, sharing screen space with Priyanka and Kangana Ranaut [the film's female leads] and what the future holds in store for her.
How did you get Fashion? Was this the first film offered to you, or have you been offered movies before? What made you take it up?
I did an advertisement film with Madhur sir and then immediately he offered me this role. I have been offered many films before: good, bad and ugly. But this was the best one, so I took it up. And also, it relates to the industry that I have mastered [High Fashion].
How difficult is acting? Do you plan to devote more time to films now?
I thought acting would be difficult, but after having such a fantastic director and co-stars, it was smooth sailing for me. From the catwalk to cakewalk, ha ha! And, of course, I plan to devote more time to films, because there have been many good offers. I would be foolish to ignore them.
Working with Madhur Bhandarkar? Have you seen his earlier films?
I think the best thing that has happened to me is that Madhur sir is my first director. I'm exploring myself as an actor on a much larger level and at a faster pace. Madhur gives liberty to the actor to perform, inside the boundaries of his vision.
He guides you the right way and there is no satisfaction better than the praises one gets from the whole crew. Of course, I have seen his earlier films! I'm a big fan of his cinema and my favourite is Chandni Bar. I think that film is one of the cult classics.
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