Madhur Bhandarkar’s films have always caught the attention of the audience and the critics alike. Be it Fashion or the soon to release Calendar Girls, the director has always ensured that the audiences are kept engaged with the film even before it releases in the cinema halls. Calendar Girls has been garnering great response from the audience since the days, the poster and the trailer of the film has been released. The director along with the five girls namely Satarupa Pyne, Kayra Dutta, Avani Modi, Ruhi Singh and Akansha Puri was present in Kolkata for the promotions of this upcoming Bollywood film.
City model Satarupa Pyne who plays the role of a Bengali model in the film was ecstatic to be working with the ace director. “I had watched his film Fashion before and I work in the fashion industry myself. Hence I was very well able to understand the efforts that he gave in making the film. The research was just awesome. It was so detailed. I got a call for the auditions and I just gave my best. Next I got a call from the production house stating that I was selected. I was just so happy” recalled the model-actress.
Madhur Bhandarkar who was also present at the occasion spoke about why he selected the actresses from all over the country. “When I was doing the research for the film, I found out that the models usually came from different parts of the country. This is the reason why I selected girls from all over India. During the research I also faced challenges. Some were willing to talk about the topic while many did not want to speak about it” said the director.
Cat fights are so very popular when more than one actresses work in a film. However, the five actresses negated such issues while working in this film. “We didn’t have any such issues as Madhur sir ensured that we all got equal attention. No partiality was done by the director. He understands how to work with newcomers and he did the same with us. He gave us the space so that we could do our best. I have learnt a lot during the shoot of this film” said Avani.
Avani is the only non-model actress in the film. She had done Tamil films and short films before. “My experience of working in theatre and the short films came in handy during the shoot of this film. I am not a model, true. But just I like do the other roles of a doctor or an engineer- I have done this role in that manner” added Avani. Avani plays the role of Nazneen Malik.
Ruhi Singh who began her journey by winning the title Miss India East talked about her Kolkata connection at the press conference. “I was the first runners up at the event and I was just eighteen. I am still very much connected with the city. I began my career from the city of Joy and hence you can very well understand the rapport that I have with this city. Hence coming for the Kolkata promotions was extremely special”.
Kayra spoke highly about the Bengali bonding on the sets with fellow actress Satarupa Pyne. “I didn’t know her before. But we bonded well during the shooting just like two Bengalis bond. It was great to find someone with whom you could converse in your mother language” said Kyra.
The director also highlighted that the film Calendar Girls have been made to showcase the journey of the Calendar Girls. “This is not a critique film. I do not think that this film will stop girls from joining the modeling industry. Every profession has its good and bad sides. We all need to accept that. That does not deter anyone from joining the profession of their choice. Then why will this film stop them from becoming Calendar Girls?” said Madhur Bhandarkar.
The film Calendar Girls is eyeing for release on the 25th of September.