After gaining accolades for her performance in ‘Mastram’ last year, Tara Alisha Berry will be back on the silver screen this year with two films, namely, ‘The Perfect Girl’ and ‘Gun Pe Done’. She is also a part of Anurag Basu’s soon to be telecast telefilm ‘Chokher Bali.’ In this exclusive interview, she talks about the forthcoming projects that have got her excited.
You played a demure married woman in Mastram. But in your forthcoming films one will get to see you playing glamorous characters, which are closer to your own self.
The characters that I play in ‘Gun Pe Done’ and ‘The Perfect Girl’ are quite different from each other. But yes, both these characters, in some ways, are similar to my own self. I guess it has to do with the fact these characters hail from an urban background. Having said that, if I play a character that has some similarities with my own personality, then I tend to be a little careful to make that character stand out and come across as being different from my own persona. In ‘Gun Pe Done’, I play a struggling actress who comes from a small town to Mumbai to fulfill her dreams. I am trying to establish myself in the industry as well. So, there are certain similarities. But at the end of the day, I have to be mindful of the fact that I am playing a character and it should not be very similar to my own self.
Those who saw Mastram had great things to say about it. But, the film failed to reach out to a wide section of audience as it was not promoted extensively. The films you are doing at the moment are more mainstream or commercial in nature. Do you hope to reach out to a larger audience with these films?
I feel very lucky as I am getting to a variety of roles and working with many reputed filmmakers. I recently got the opportunity to work with Anurag Basu on a telefilm called ‘Chokher Bali’ which will be aired on television soon. I share the screen with actors like Radhika Apte, Bhanu Uday and Sumeet Vyas. I hope people who watched ‘Mastram’ will watch my forthcoming films as well. In ‘Gun Pe Done’, I have been paired opposite Jimmy Sheirgill who has a huge fanbase. I guess that will lead to a lot of people watching the film.