Blog Posts by Rummana Ahmed

  • In conversation with Suraj


    Q. This is your first film, tell us a little about your experience.

    A. Life changing sounds redundant, honestly it was the making that really changed me, I grew up metaphorically…it's just been so much, it's quite a personal, emotional, taxing and at the same time rejuvenating experience.


    Q. We have heard that you almost stumbled upon this role. How did it all happen?

    A. Basically I was accompanying my brother for the auditions and Dilip Sir (the casting director) just said that you should also audition and I did. I didn't expect anything and I never thought that I did be a part of this. And as the call backs kept happening, I didn't expect anything but I started to want it a lot. I read the book somewhere in the middle of those auditions.

    When I was cast I didn't know what to do, I went to my brother because he is the only one who has been in the same situation and I asked him what I should do. He said you have been given the opportunity of a lifetime and it just landed in your lap, you

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  • In conversation with Tabu

    Q. The first thing your fans want to know is where have you been?

    A. I am waiting for projects which are convincing and till they come I have to wait for it. I also know that nothing is 100 per cent perfect but even if it is 60 per cent perfect and has the factors that work for me, then I am ready to do the film.


    Q. 'Life of Pi' is a magnum opus, how was the experience of working in a film like this one?

    A. It was an intense experience in many ways, like you said I was a part of a big project. The story is about a small family, essentially it is about the boy, not about me but I wanted to be a part of this project because I knew that even though I don't have the central character, I will take back something from this film, I was completely sure of that. And I was really looking for that kind of experience at that time when the film came to me. I am a huge fan of Ang Lee.


    Q. How was the experience of working with him as he created this magic onscreen? How was it different from working with Read More »from In conversation with Tabu
  • In conversation with Irrfan Khan



    Q.
    Share your experience of working with Oscar-winning director Ang Lee?

    A.
    I think it was the most challenging work that I have ever done in my life because he is the narrator of the whole experience and the subject matter is very complex, although on the surface it is just the journey of a boy with a tiger on the boat. But there are so many layers to this story and you have to be on top of that and you are convincing people that it is a real experience.

    When you are working with Ang Lee, you don't want to be left behind because it his creation and he is creating this story and you are part of itYou want to be at par with him and you want to feel like you have contributed to that story. So that way you push yourself.



    Q.
    Why was this role so difficult to do?

    A.
    This part needed a method which I didn't realize when I was doing it, it needed a step-by-step approach. For my accent I needed a coach, which I didn't realize, I was working on my own, which I shouldn't have.
    A film for me is a
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  • In conversation with Ang Lee


    Ang Lee wins the Academy Award for Best Director for 'Life of Pi'. Known for movies like 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Brokeback Mountain' and 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee says his latest offering 'Life Of Pi', a 3D adventure drama, has been the most difficult film of his career.   Excerpts from the interview:


    Q. 
    How was the experience of working with Indian actors for the first time?

    A. T
    hey are the finest actors in the world, they are treasures of world cinema. They gave me their best and I give them mine. When you work with actors, you have to honest, you are directly communicating with them, you are dealing with human nature. So right away you go deep to a place that you don't share with your children or your spouse. I really treasure actors like that, they are special people and they have so much to show, to share. It's great that I got a chance to work with them.

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  • Yahoo! Movies Review: Son of Sardar

    Behind the scenesCast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt

    Direction: Ashwni Dhir

    Rating: *1/2

    Ajay Devgn's Diwali gamble didn't quite pay off this time. A film like 'Son of Sardar' can work on two accounts, either on the merit of star power or on the quantity/quality of amusing gimmicks that the makers can pack in. However, with a flimsy plot and inadequate humour, the story fails to take off.

    Simply put, it is a bloody revenge saga where Jassi (Ajay Devgn) and Billu (Sanjay Dutt) belong to the opposite camps. Jassi comes to India to sell off an ancestral property and wants nothing to do with the existing family hostility but the Sandhus are still waiting to settle the score. Predictably he falls in love with Sukh (Sonakshi), the girl from the enemy camp and he must now, not only fight for his life but also his love.

    Jassi discovers that the only way to save himself is to remain a guest in the Sandhu household and thus, follows tedious hide-and-seek sequences where the Sardar tries to pull off one

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