Aahana Kumra opened up on how she almost said no to Lipstick Under My Burkha because she had her schedule booked for Sony TV’s miniseries Yudh, starring Amitabh Bachchan.
It seems that the best and worst moments of actor Aahana Kumra career are intertwined. The actor revealed that she almost gave up Alankrita Srivastava’s lipstick “Under My Burka”, which she was offered in 2014 when she was filming for her debut show Yudh. The film remains one of Aahana finest performances.
“I remember we filmed for Yuda. We shot 15 days a month and then took a long break because Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in the middle he was engaged in many other projects. I literally devoted a year and three months to this project and did not take up work on that date. It was then that I was offered lipstick … I read the script and thought, “Oh my God, this is crazy.” I couldn’t believe that someone was making such a film. A film that was so popular and spoke so openly about sexuality. I thought the director was crazy. I remember when I was reading the script, I went to my chief assistant director (Yudh) and said, “Look, I think I need a few days off on this schedule.” Can I take so many days off because I think it is filming in Bhopal and I need to shoot this film. ” He asked me, “How do you turn down Mr. Bachchan’s dates?” Of course I can’t. So I said, “Okay, I’ll just say no,” Ahana said.
“I’m sorry I didn’t say lipstick because I thought it was a crazy story. But then I got a casting call for a movie called Dreams With Lipstick. That’s what was said before. I remember reaffirming that Whether this is the same film that was supposed to be shot earlier this year. Of course, I was interested. They asked me to audition. I auditioned. I remember half Mumbai did this part. But I finally got it. So, I think it was my destiny. The purpose of the film was to “give.” For me, lipstick was the biggest gift because it really changed me, my interactions as a woman in the film industry. There was a paradigm shift in my personality. So, I am grateful that it happened,” he said.
As we talked about his journey in the industry, we also asked if he feels that actors often become easy targets for trolls. “I think we all have to be very careful now,” Ahana said. “All of a sudden it’s like, ‘Oh, you don’t have an opinion. How come you don’t have an opinion?’ The thing is, we are doing our job just like any other person. And being an actor is not easy. Do you know how hard people work in our industry? I remember working 36 hours non-stop when I was doing TV serials. I have worked with paracetamol and even when I am running high temperature. I did a show with Sling. I had a major accident but still showed up because the show had to go on. So, yes, our life is brutally difficult. Actors or filmmakers, we are not here to preach. We are here for fun. But yes, it is also our responsibility to have conversations that are important and relevant. But till the end of the day, we are not politicians.
About the job, Aahana is currently appearing in the Netflix series Call My Representative: Bollywood. Actors, who strongly believe that OTT has given actors, especially women of all ages, the opportunity to explore and participate in various situations, disagreed when asked what the online platform would be like. destroy Bollywood business. India loves music, song and dance. I grew up watching movies and it never ended for me. I don’t even want to think it will ever end. Imagine, when we are all on a journey, when we meet someone, the first thing that unites us is Bollywood. So it’s not over yet, ”said Aahana.