Working for convictions

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Feb 2018 09:58:29


Pooja Chopra is back on the big screen after a gap of two years and the actor says she prefers a long wait over featuring in films she does not believe in.

The Miss India-turned-actor, who will next be seen in Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary, made her Bollywood debut opposite Vidyut Jamwal in Commando four years ago.
“I don’t enjoy the gap but good script, cast and crew are not easy to get. It is difficult for me to put myself into something I don’t want to be in.

“The films that came my way weren’t the ones I wanted to be a part of. That’s why there were more ‘no’s’ to scripts than ‘yes’s’,” Pooja told PTI.
The actor was last seen in the forgettable film, Yea Toh Two Much Ho Gayaa in 2016.
Pooja said that breaks between films bother her but she is ready to take on the challenge and wait for good content to come her way.

“I am going to be lying if I say the gap doesn’t bother. But I don’t like to force myself to do something I am not up for. I’d rather don’t do anything at all. I am rather okay with the gap than do films I don’t find exciting enough.”
She also starred in Neeraj’s short film, Ouch, featuring with her Aiyaary co-star Manoj Bajpayee.

Pooja said things did not turn up after the short and the lull reminded her of the times like Commando.
“I again wondered that if people like my work so much, why am I not getting offers that I want? After Ouch also, I spent a month thinking where am I lacking.”

The actor, who plays an Army officer in the film, said Aiyaary came her way at the last minute as a “shocker”.
“I got the call from the casting director, who said Neeraj is keen to have me on board. Then Neeraj and I had a small conversation on phone. He explained the role to me and we were good to go.

“I didn’t have the time to get excited about it because I just had one day to sign the contract, do my fittings with my designer and then fly to Kashmir because the next day was our shoot. It was quick,” she said.
Also featuring Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet Singh, the film will clash with Akshay Kumar’s Padman on February 9.