Having played substantial roles in three films released in the span of just a month-and-a-half, actress Vishakha Singh is the newest star to look out for in Bollywood. Her perky attitude, quirky style and acting chops ensure she’ll be on top of the game in the near future.
Here’s what Vishakha has to say about her latest release – Bajatey Raho – and why you must go and watch it.
Team MM: Tell us about your Bollywood journey.
Vishakha: Bollywood was never planned. It just happened by chance. So it’s taken me a while to figure out that I really want to be in Bollywood. There have been ups and downs. I started off with a film called Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey by Ashutosh Gowarikar. I spent a year and a half on the film but it didn’t work. Post that, I left acting. I went off to London and was working in my dad’s company for a year and a half until last year in July, when I got these film offers, while I was sitting at home, all on the basis of Khelein Hum…
So I signed up Fukrey, Vikram Bhatt’s Ankur Arora Murder Case (both of them released last month) and now Bajatey Raho.
Team MM: Tell us about your role in Bajatey Raho.
Vishakha: Bajatey Raho is my breather simply because in Khelein Hum… I was a freedom fighter and wore a cotton saree and it was set in the 1930’s. It was an intense role and I got nominated for a Stardust Award there. Then I did Fukrey where I had a serious and very sorted role. In Ankur Arora Murder Case, I was crying throughout the film. I can’t remember a single frame where I wasn’t crying.
So Bajatey Raho is my breather. I’m laughing, I’m dancing. It’s my first commercial film. I’m playing a tej darar Sardarni Sikhni from Delhi and she has quite a lot of balls.
Team MM: Tell us about the fun stuff that happened on the sets.
Vishakha: When I first went on the sets, there was Dolly Alhuwalia who played the awesome mom in Vicky Donor, there was Ravi Kishan – the Bhojpuri superstar, Ranveer Sheorey, Vinay Pathak and Tusshar Kapoor. And I was so conscious because all of them were so senior to me and I wondered how they would react to a newcomer like me.
I was paired opposite Tusshar and I was nervous simply since he’s been in the industry for thirteen years. Because of his background, I thought Tusshar would have an attitude and be all snobbish. But fortunately, all of them were so down to earth.
Ranveer and Vinay threatened to rag me initially but fortunately none of that happened. I think they were more into ragging Tusshar and vice versa. So I got spared.
But Tusshar has played quite a lot of pranks on the sets. At times he’s told me that I still had shots left to finish, even after I was told to pack up. And I’ve actually waited for two hours thinking that I still had to shoot more scenes. Then the director would come and ask me why I was still waiting around when my shots had finished a long time back. Then Tusshar would look at me and tease me with a laugh.
Poor me…naya bachcha…getting my legs pulled!
Team MM: What is the USP of Bajatey Raho?
Vishakha: I think the USP about Bajatey Raho is that it’s about a family that takes revenge on a person who has made their life hell. We all have had someone like that in our life at some point or the other. So the biggest USP is that it’s a family entertainer. It’s a film to which you can take your entire family and watch it without squirming in your seats. Trust me, it’s quite uncomfortable when you watch romantic films and you have to squirm in your seat because your family is sitting along with you. Bajatey Raho has none of those scenes. It’s a comedy and its about a family and that’s why you should watch it.
Pix: Khyati Gandhi for MissMalini