If it is a Subhash Ghai film, the chances of it having a new female lead is high. And the latest entrant in the list is Mishti, who has made her mark in her debut Hindi film Kaanchi: The Unbreakable. While her real name is Indrani Chakraborty, she preferred to use her nickname. Cast opposite Kartik Tiwari, she acts along with big names like Rishi Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty. She was in town at Inox to talk about the film, along with the director and her co-star.
It was the news of auditions for Kaanchi which made her come to try her luck. “I did not know anything about the industry, though I have done a few films in Bengali. I did it for hobby’s sake. Arindam Ray had come to take my interview and was recruiting for Kaanchi. He knew that Mr Ghai was worried about not finding his Kaanchi. I believe that when a writer writes a certain character, he has a certain stamp on it of how it is. There are a lot of talented people in Mumbai but he had a certain sketch in mind and I fit it.”
Someone like Subhash Ghai is a tough task-master and working with him must have been a daunting experience. Mishti was overwhelmed by the fact that the director was a friendly person on sets. “I never felt like he was a legend. It was like a gurkul on the sets. He is like a mentor to me. I have also learned the art of filmmaking as we were also part of the post-production. I realised that it more than a three hours film, but we judge it for that time period only.” Mishti believes Ghai has made a pretty film. “Kaanchi is about passion and love. One can connect to it. When the audience can understand that, they will like the film.”
Mishti’s journey towards the glamour world was incidental. Modelling is how she gained foothold into this world. “I was spotted by a filmmaker to star opposite Prosenjit in the Bengali film Porichoi. Prosenjit is a person who despite being a superstar helped me. The film crew had gone to London for shooting, but my passport got cancelled just few days before departure. The photo was smudged. The production house was thinking of taking someone else, but he said that is unfair to take someone else, as the delay happened due to technical fault. I managed to go in 20 days. I am thankful to him for that support.”
Mishti is clear in how she wants to pick up roles – she is not particular about choosing any particular kind of roles. “I don’t want to be typecast. I want to experiment. As an actor, I should be open to all kinds of films. I want to work with all kinds of filmmakers, but Karan Johar and Imtiaz Ali are someone I really want to work with.”
Mishti prefers not commenting on whether it is tough or easy for newcomers to find work. “My journey so far has been like a fairy tale. I won’t have idea about others. But I understand the struggles for an actor, especially if you are not from the industry. Even star kids have to struggle. They have grown up in industry and so know a few things that newcomers do not know about. These kids have different difficulties.”
For the audience, Mishti adds that Kaanchi: The Unbreakable is full of entertainment and a great message to understand. “But it is not preachy. It is full of romance, action and the works. You can watch and connect with it.” So Kaanchi: The Unbreakable is to watch out for, along with Mishti.