By Subhash K Jha
BOLLYWOOD: Meet Subhash Ghai’s pretty new discovery and her name is Mishti. And she likes to live up to her sweet name. Subhash Ghai’s newest discovery comes straight from Kolkata to Mumbai to work in the director’s new film Kanchi.
Now that the film is ready for release, Mishti looks back at the experience with some amount of wonderment.
“Quite honestly, this whole experience of working with Subhashji has been mind-boggling. Subhashji is an institution and I couldn’t have hoped for a better launch than Kanchi. The role offered me a chance to be fully trained as an actress. After working in Kanchi with Subhashji I feel’ve been to gurukul.I’ve emerged from the experience a much better person and actor,’’ says Mishti.
Mishti’s journey as an actress began with a Bengali film Porichoy directed by Basu Chatterjee’s daughter Rupa Guha. Little did Mishti know that this Bangla film would be her stepping-stone into Bollywood.
Says Mishti, “It was during the shooting of Porichoy that the associate director Arindam Ray connected me with Ghai. For some reason he saw his film’s heroine in me . I couldn’t believe what was happening to me. I was suddenly being put into the same line of vision as the great Subhash Ghai’s discoveries like Meenakshi Sheshadri, Madhuri Dixit and ManishaKoirala. It scared the hell out of me. But it was also an exciting challenge. If I can achieve even a bit of what these wonderful heroines have achieved in Subhahji’s films I’d consider myself blessed.”
Not much of a social butterfly Mishti admits Mumbai was a bit of a culture shock. “It was completely different world fromKolkata. But an exciting world. There is so much happening in Bollywood. I am still discovering the amazing world of the Hindi movie industry. I love its energy. And I love the people who make the Mumbai entertainment industry a haven of opportunity for outsiders like us.”
Shooting for Subhash Ghai was an easy job for Mishti. “I realized I had the central role. The film is based on my character and is named after my character. So yes, I did feel like a bit of a hero. But then, there is a hero in all of us.We just need to look within.”
Mumbai, says Mishti, is now home. “I live here with my mother and my pet dog. My mother has made me what I am. If today I am a heroine in a Subhash Ghai film it’s because she allowed me to dream big and breathe freely.No restrictions were imposed on my ambitions. My mother let me take wings…and here I am.”
Mishti was made to do a “compatibility test” with her co-star Kartik Tiwari before they started shooting. “Immediately we realized we were very comfortable with one another. You’ll hopefully see some of the same comfort level between us on camera.”
The spunky yet shy girl feels the camera is her home.
“When the camera is switched on I feel I am in the place where I belong. I make love to the camera. Am I scared about my Hindi debut? There is a certain amount of anxiety. But I am not scared. I’ve done my best. Now the rest I live to destiny.I know I am blessed, so there is no feeling of insecurity within me.” Confesses Mishti .
She likes her own company the best. “I love being alone. I need that time to gather my thoughts.I don’t think I’d be the person that I am if I had to be constantly in company.”