Jantakareporter.com caught up with the beautiful South Indian actress Avani Modi, who is making her debut in Bollywood with Madhur Bhandarkar’s Calendar Girls.
Among other things, Avani Modi, a passionate theatre actor, tells us how she began her career in South Indian films, and how she managed to bag the role of Calendar Girls.
Discussing the film’s story, Avani says, “The plot is about five girls who come to Mumbai from different cities to make their career. They work together and get featured in an annual Calendar. The film then showcases the ups and downs they experience while achieving their dream and how their destiny takes a twist.”
Modi, who originally belongs to Gandhinagar in Gujarat came in contact with Madhur Bhandarkar’s manager through a common friend and later auditioned for the role. Bhandarkar told her that he was “not only looking for good looks but also good performers.”
About her role, Avani said, “I am playing the role of an ambitious Pakistani model, Nazneen Malik who hails from Lahore. My role shows what all problems and difficulties a Pakistani model faces just because there’s a rivalry between the country she hails from and the country she goes to make her career in.”
On being asked how close she is to her Nazneen Malik’s character, Modi replied, “We are similar on the grounds of emotions but differ on family backgrounds. While Nazneen’s family is very conservative, my parents, thankfully, have always been very supportive and encouraging.”
Madhur Bhandarkar, who is famous for making films based on true-life stories such as Fashion, Page 3, Heroine, has brought the inside world of Calendar girls to the forefront through this movie.
Modi belongs to a middle-class family of Gandhinagar, where she’s the first generation model or actress. But, by her own admission, she was always very keen to be an actor since her childhood. She even took part in many Gujarati plays during her student life.
On her Bollywood debut with four other actresses, Modi says she doesn’t expect an ‘overnight success’ with this movie.
She says, “I do not expect an overnight success but then, if this film becomes a success or my role is appreciated, I’ll have four other co-actresses and Madhur Sir to share the credit with. I have performed to the best of my ability and am eagerly waiting for its release.”
Talking about the fun she’s had on the sets of Calendar Girls, she said, “Shooting for 12 days in Mauritius in one of the most exotic locations was like a picnic.”
However, the most challenging part for her in this film was the pain her character goes through.
“On watching the movie, you’ll realise how painful it becomes for an artist of an enemy nation to survive in another country. It is heartbreaking when the entire community starts boycotting you. The scene is touching as it shows a bunch of humans inflicting pain upon the other,” says Avani.
Avani said that the video released by Pakistani actor and producer Faisal Qureshi criticising Saif Ali Khan was in bad taste.
She says, “It’s an ugly and illogical thing to say something like that. But then, not every Indian or Pakistani citizen is directly involved. The audience is the same on both sides of the border and they want peace. Aam aadmi ko roji roti se fursat milega tab toh kuch aur karega”
The official trailer of the movie, Calendar Girls got released in August while its track, Khwahishein is rising on charts. The movie also stars model Ruhi Singh, Satarupa Pyne, Akanksha Puri, Suhel Seth and Kyra Dutt.
Produced by Sangeeta Ahir and directed by Madhur Bhandarkar under the banner of Manglmurti films and Bhandarkar Entertainment, the film is all set to release on 25 September.
(Picture courtesy: Avani Modi)