Rashmi Nigam hopes to make it big in Bollywood without a godfather. Rashmi Nigam debuted in PNC’s highly hyped 'Popkorn Khao Mast Ho Jayo' which unfortunately sank without a trace. But the model turned actress is far from disheartened.
She is all set to strike back with her upcoming film Mr. Black Mr. White where she has a major role opposite Arshad Warsi. In a tête-à-tête, the dreamy eyed beauty reveals all.
Q: So, what’s up with you these days?
A: Nothing much! But yes I am looking forward to my new film 'Mr. Black Mr. White' where I am paired opposite Arshad Warsi. I am very much excited about the film and my role too.
Q: After your first movie 'Popkorn Khao…' you almost disappeared. Where have you been all this while?
A: Didn’t disappear as such. Actually I was busy doing a lot of things which I wanted to do since long. I went to UK to meet my cousin and also did a few modeling assignments abroad and travelled a lot. You can say I used the time to pamper myself.
Q: Were you busy with ad films and music videos?
A: Yes, I did a few. There was this advertisement for Hotel J. W. Mariott and I have also done a campaign for a jewellery brand in Delhi. Apart from these, I have also done a photo shoot for an international magazine’s Indian edition.
Q: How was the experience with your first movie? Did u get any good compliments for your role?
A: Oh it was excellent working with the team of 'Popkorn…' They always made me feel comfortable. As I was very new in this field, I witnessed all the aspects of film making like scripting, editing, dubbing etc. My producer and director appreciated me for my portrayal and also praised my talent.
Q: Do you have any regrets doing 'Popkorn…' as it didn’t do well? Was it disappointing?
A: No regrets at all. For me it was a break which every newcomer dreams of. Some get it after a lot of struggle and some like me get it easily. So, I think I am a blessed girl.
Q: As your new movie Mr. Black and Mr. White is up for release, tell us a little about your role?
A: In this film I am paired opposite Arshad Warsi. He keeps on conning his girlfriend. While everybody keeps on telling me that he is a fraud and may leave me anytime, I trust him blindly and finally end up witnessing what I was being told by people. All in all, you can say that he is Mr. Black and Sunil Shetty is Mr. White in the film.
Q: How did u bag this role?
A: Actually one of my neighbours who happen to be a fashion designer told me that Deepak Shivdasani is looking for a new face for his new film and she advised me to give it a try. I immediately got in touch with him and he asked me to meet him the next day. And after that, I was in the film.
Q: How do you think, you will make yourself noticed among all the big names in the film?
A: Definitely with my work. Only after seeing my work, people will come to know what I am capable of.
Q: Are you nervous or too excited on the eve of your second release?
A: I was supposed to be nervous, but with the newly found confidence, which I got from doing the acting course at Anupam Kher’s institute this February, I have learnt to take up challenges in life and I am very eagerly awaiting the release. I do not worry any more about my future. I just want to be focused on my work and wanna hone my skills.
Q: Have you ever wished, you had a godfather in this industry? Don’t you it would have been easier for you that way?
A: I have always wished to have God with me. My father is already there who keeps on encouraging me never to give up. And things are essential only when you make them essential for you, otherwise talent and confidence is enough for any career.
Q: Talking about your father, bureaucrats are known to be disciplined and target oriented people…. So, being a bureaucrat’s daughter have you set any time bound target for yourself?
A: Bureaucrats are also known to be fighters as they never give up. My father is also very supporting, as when I was planning to reveal my decision to start acting, I was expecting a long list of tough questions from him.
But to my surprise he didn’t even ask a single question. So there is no time limit. My father has always advised me to concentrate on the present
Q: What about Television?
A:Yes, I have done this 4 episodic series of Dana Jaruri hai on Star one. It was all due to Sanjit Bedi, who has been my friend since my Delhi days. He was also there in the show.
Q: What kind of roles do you think can be your forte?
A: I wish to explore various shades of an actor. I would really like to do something like what Gul Panag did in Dor. But there will be a strict eye on the roles which demands skin show because I have set boundaries for my self. I won’t say I won’t do such roles but yes there is a limit again. I don’t want to go bold just for the heck of doing it.
Q: Talking about your background, you have worked in an oil refinery, then how and when did acting beckon?
A: (Laughs) Actually, I was working there but I didn’t like the job. Every time my heart used to tell me to try something different. My elder sister who is a fashion designer advised me to try out modelling and after that acting happened automatically.
Also, when once I was attending a conference, suddenly a photographer came up to me and asked me if he could click my pics as he likes my face very much. This compliment gave a boost to my dreams.
Q: I guess, after you become successful your twin sister will have a readymade filmy career in Bollywood?
A: (Laughs again) No, she is a very shy person and she still works in that oil refinery where I used to. Sometimes, if jokingly we talk about films, she completely denies having any such dreams.
Q: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
A: Isn’t 5 years too long a period to plan? Anyways, if you ask me about the next 2 years, I think I would be doing a lot of films and will start a small cozy restaurant of my own. I love cooking you know!
Q: Any projects in the pipeline....
A: Yes there are a few but not worth talking about unless things get materialized.