Actor Payal Ghosh's big break

The actor begins her Bollywood journey with Patel ki Punjabi Shaadi that releases next week
Payal Ghosh
Payal Ghosh

A familiar face in the South Indian film industry, actress Payal Ghosh is finally making her debut with the much-awaited Patel ki Punjabi Shaadi scheduled to release mid-September. “We started shooting at the end of 2013. It’s taken this long because we had date issues. But I have also delayed other projects and turned down offers because I wanted this film to be my debut in Bollywood,” says Payal.

The film is about a Gujarati girl (Payal) and a Punjabi boy, played by Vir Das. The two are neighbours and fall in love. The Gujarati father, played by Paresh Rawal, is against this relationship. Rishi Kapoor plays Vir’s Punjabi father. Though a newcomer, Payal has been cast with veterans in the film industry and the actor says she never felt like an outsider and was supported by all her co-actors. 

Talking about actor Paresh in particular, she says, “I have quite a few scenes with him as I play his daughter. I learnt how to switch on and switch off from him. Once the camera rolls and the director says action, he immediately switches to the role. He is just so effortless and because of that, it was easy for me to reciprocate as well.”

At the same time, Payal appreciates the other veteran actor Rishi Kapoor. Though newcomers are usually intimidated by the senior actor, Payal has a different story to tell. “I was very nervous during my first scene with Rishiji. It was already late in the evening and he had to go somewhere, but looking at my nervousness, he said, ‘Payal has to give the perfect shot, my going now is not that important,’ and he asked me to take my own time. 

That’s how we started talking,” she reveals. Though the film is slated to release in the same week as the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran, Payal is confident her film will do well. “We have every entertaining element in the film for people to like it. For an audience, a film should entertain and make them feel happy, my film will certainly do that,” she concludes.

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