My films are geuninely European: MasumehSeptember 2nd, 2008 - 10:43 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Actress Masumeh Makhija’s career hasn’t fared well in Bollywood since her debut in “Chupke Se”, but she has bagged international films and is happy flaunting them.Having already worked in a German film, she is ready to star in a yet-to-be titled Italian venture.
“My films are not crossovers but genuine European films. I have been doing international films. I have already done a German film with Veit Helmer titled ‘Gate to Heaven’ that even got pulled up for the European Awards. Now I’ll be doing an Italian film with Matteo Morazzo. The shooting will start next year,” Masumeh told IANS on telephone from Mumbai.
She refused to reveal any further details on her international project as “the deal is still in talks”.
“Gate to Heaven” was a little tough for Masumeh because she had to speak German in the movie.
“Speaking German was really difficult for me. However, I speak Spanish so I guess Italian will be easier.”
In 2004, Masumeh debuted with “Chupke Se” that bombed at the box office. Since then she has been seen in films like “Maqbool” as Pankaj Kapur’s daughter, “Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav”, “Woh Lamhe” and “Dus Kahaniyaan”.
Her upcoming Bollywood project is Shona Urvashi’s “Saas, Bahu Aur Sensex”, which is releasing Sep 12. It’s Hollywood studio Warner Bros’ first Indian venture.
Describing her role in the film, she said: “My character is called Kirti. She is a girl who would do anything for money as money makes her world go round. She would con people to extract money to buy herself Gucci and Prada bags.
“The film shows the urbanisation of India. The film provides great comedy space for me.”
“Saas, Bahu Aur Sensex”, about women and Sensex, is a parody on the unpredictability of everyone who watches daily soaps.
The actress appreciates Konkona Sen-Sharma’s growth in filmdom.
“I admire Konkona’s career graph a lot. She has really shaped up her career well with unconventional films and climbed up the ladder.”
Not many people know that Masumeh is a fitness freak and has been principally trained in Kathak and belly dancing.
Apart from “Saas Bahu…”, Masumeh will also be seen in Sanjay Gupta’s “Alibaug” as an alcoholic who is sent to a rehabilitation centre.