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Learnt to strike the right balance: Tia Bajpai
By Jyothi Venkatesh
“I play a double role. I play poetess Smriti before I lose my memory and Sangeeta after I regain my memory. It is a very strange love story in the sense that I am in love with Aftab through writing letters to him though we have not seen each other. I’d say that BVG Films and ASA Production‘s 1920 EVIL RETURNS is a tale of mysterious evil, merciless killings and possession. It was fun turning into a horrible looking ghost”, quips Tia Bajpai as we sit down for this interview at her mentor Vikram Bhatt’s office.

Tia continues. “I thought it would be tough to play the role of a ghost but I realized it was very easy. Half the time I was on harness so much so that Aftab Shivdasani who plays the lead role of the poet Sharad Kelkar used to call me Casper The Ghost.”

Tia Bajpai has already impressed quite a few with the trailors of Vikram Bhatt’s 1920: EVIL RETURNS and for those wondering the inspiration behind Tia’s spooky act, the actress confirms she got under the skin of character by hooking herself onto wildlife videos on Youtube. “I started observing a lot of animals. In fact I actually saw a lot of videos on YouTube where these cats, lions and tigers fought it out with each other. If you notice my act in the film, you will realize that quite a few expressions of mine have come from these deadly animals. The way they growl or the look they give when on the hunt or their faces turning really scary with narrowing eyes and all; all of it makes for an unpleasant sight. This is what makes my character as well and you can say that these animals have actually helped me perform for the film. Resultantly, I developed an animal instinct.”

Since she had to play a ghost after she is possessed by a man, Instead of watching horror films, Tia observed the way Aftab Shivdasani sat or walked. “It used to take me an hour and a half to don my make up of the ghost. The best thing about my role was that I did not bother about my make up or how I look.”

Though the film is set in 1920, Tina asserts that it is not a sequel to the original version 1920 in any way and the story is completely different. “I’d seen the earlier version not once or twice but thrice, because I love supernatural series and also enjoy watching horror films. I am very happy to be known as an ASA girl since I had made my debut in films with Vikram Bhatt’s HAUNTED which was in 3D. I am also glad that after the stupendous success of his last directorial venture, the 3D horror RAAZ 3, Vikram Bhatt has now donned the producer cum writer’s hat for 1920 EVIL RETURNS, which marks the directorial debut of Bhushan Patel”.

In real life, Tia confesses that she is scared of cockroaches. “I am glad that Vikram didn’t cast me in his film RAAZ 3D because I may faint on the sets if a cockroach flies or sits on my hand”, Tia jokes. “I hope that I will still keep on growing”

1920 EVIL RETURNS is Tia’s third film as an actress, after HAUNTED and LANKA. Incidentally all the three have been produced by Vikram Bhatt, leading to whispers in the media that Vikram is seeing her and has a soft corner, though Tia dismisses off the rumors as unfair and weird, especially since right now she feels that she has no time at all for a Mia and wants to concentrate on her career.

Talking about Vikram Bhatt, Tia goes gaga. “Vikram is my favorite filmmaker. What I like the best about him is that he takes care of me like a kid and not even once yells at me if I do not come up his expectations on the sets. I call myself an ASA in House actor like Emraan Hashmi is to Vishesh Films. I have done till date three films for the banner an would love to be in each and every film that Vikram sets out to produce or direct in future too”.

Right now, Tia is working in Rahat Kazmi’s film IDENTITY CARD, which according to her is a character -driven film on the lines of JAANE BHI DO YAARO. Though she has not sung for 1920 EVIL RETURNS, Tia is keeping her fingers crossed and hoping that Rahat would ask her to sing in IDENTITY CARD, as she is a trained classical singer.

Besides IDENTITY CARD, Tia is also working in an untitled trilingual thriller in Telugu,Kannada and Hindi with Vijay Kiran and Navneet Kaushik as the directors. There are two leading men in each language. While Shreyas Talpade is her constant leading man in all the three versions, she has her HAUNTED co-star Mimo in the Hindi version, Tarun Kumar, yester year actress Roja Ramani’s son in the Telugu version and Srinagar Kitty in the Kannada version.

Tia signs off by confessing that she believes that she has grown as an actor over the last three years ever since she had made her debut as an actress with the TV serial GHAR KI LAKSHMI BETIYAAN. “I can say confidently that I have learnt to strike the right balance between underplaying and going overboard as an actress and hope that I will still keep on growing.”

--Maharaja Features
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News Updated at : Sunday, November 11, 2012
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