Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Actress Interview Handbook

Actresses have enough on their minds with the nervousness of facing the camera, being in the public eye constantly and hoping that their next film becomes a hit and extends their career. So all those interviews they have to give to the press just add to the stress. The more popular they are, the more carefully their words are analyzed and a single statement could put the brakes on their careers(or get women with brooms lined up outside their houses!). There are a number of books and cheatsheets out there with tips on attending interviews for other careers but none(as far as I know) that tell actresses how to attend these all-important interviews. So, to fill that void, here are tips for actresses on how to safely respond to the most common questions asked in interviews.

Who is your favorite actress?

What is your dream role?
Sridevi's role in Moondraam Pirai.

Will you do glamorous roles?
I don't mind being glamorous if the character demands it but I will not act vulgarly.

What about those sexy stills from your current film?
That is just 1 song sequence - or sequences - and it has been aesthetically picturized by the director.

Are you ready to do only glamorous roles?
One needs glamor to get one's foot in the door in Tamil cinema but after establishing myself, I will get more substantial roles that prove my acting potential.

What do think of actor X?
(If X is a senior actor) He is so popular but still simple and down-to-earth. I learned so much from him.
(If X is a younger actor) He is always teasing and playing practical jokes
He is quiet and doesn't talk much. He is a perfect professional

What about those rumors with actor X?
One has to be prepared for rumors when one enters cinema. But we are just good friends.
If he is married you can also add
I am good friends with his wife too and we laugh about these rumors.

What do you think about actress X?
There is no competition between us and we are very good friends.

Do you think you are the No. 1 actress?
I have no desire for a tag like that. When I quit, I just want to look back and be happy that I did many good roles.

How do you pick your roles?
Most important is the story and the scope of my role. They help me decide.

Tell us about your current film
(If it is a romance) It is a fresh and charming love story that is different from all love stories so far.
(If it is an action film) It is an action film but it has a sweet romance and I'm the pivot around which the story revolves.

Tell us about your role in the film
I play a bubbly, talkative, loveable character who is sure to be loved by everyone. It has shaped up very well.


At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wish this was written in tamil. It would have been even more hilarious. :)


At 12:53 AM, Blogger D.E.V said...

It sounds like you have interviewed either Nayanthara or trisha and it is thier answers. Damm hilarious...all the actreeses whether in bollywood or tollwood have all stock answers to the qustions. Onli few have exceptions of speaking thier mind out like khusboo, Kareena kapoor, but they get into trouble for being too vocal..

At 2:52 AM, Blogger Shailaja said...

"(If it is a romance) It is a fresh and charming love story that is different from all love stories so far."

That is good one :).

At 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good one Balaji. But can't blme them can't we? With people playing moral police and dragging politics in to acting and, like what happened to Kushboo.

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Raju said...

Felt a sense of deja vu.. Very aptly put, Balaji.. A few more that came to my mind:

Q: Why is it that we are not able to see you on screen nowadays?

A: Oh that, I was so busy in Telugu industry that my call-sheet is full for the next two years.. Two of my movies are running for more than 200 days in over 50 theaters in Andhra.. I feel sad that I am unable to satisfy my Tamil fan's wish but Tamilnadu is always close to my heart and I will definitely allot my time whenever it is possible.

Q: What about your new role as TV actress? Does it mean your market is gone?

A: No no not at all like that.. In fact, I realized that, through TV, I can reach a lot more audience than through movies; also, there is more scope for female-centric roles, so I feel that TV is becoming more powerful than cinema.

Q: What are your plans about marriage?
A: Marriage? Now? I am only now out of teenage and establishing in Kollywood.. I dont have any time to think about marriage. My mom will decide what is best for me and only then I will marry.

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How original. Given a choice for my next life, I would rather be a mischievous worm in the jungles of Borneo than a "bubbly, talkative, loveable" Indian actress.

Nice work, bb :)

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog was too funny, esp the part about what you think of Actor X. Please do check out this movie called "Bollywood Calling" by Nagesh Kukunoor. Extremely funny film that released a few yrs back. The lead actress (who also stars as a movie actress) pretty much says all of the above you mentioned.

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

san, that's probably true :)

skanda, yeah and this is to make sure that other actresses don't end up being vocal and getting in trouble :)

shailaja, that line would be part of a director's interview handbook too :)

utbtkids, oh yeah, i completely understand where these diplomatic, PC answers come from :)

raju, soooooper. loved all 3 answers, esp. the one about being in the telugu industry also :)

anon, lol. thanx :)

shwetha, vaguely remember having seen that movie. something about a foreigner being involved in a movie and being surprised at the state of affairs, right?

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji, you nailed it with this qustion

What is your dream role?
Sridevi's role in Moondraam Pirai.

This is sooo true, and if it is a Bollywood actress she will say Sadma!!!

But with the media sensationalism that exists today, the actresses better be prepared for these questions. You can't blame them really.

At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now balaji-avargale, do one for Tamil actors. I am sure that will be a riot too...

At 5:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

balaji as much as what you have written is true. dont you think the interviwers are also asking the same old questions? these hosts will ask the same actress the same questions for pongal and deepavali.
the only time i saw a very different interview was when archana of comedy time interviewed prashanth. it was so different that it was bizzare. she asked him if how he would feel if he woke up the next morning as a monkey. not that he isnt one now but it was a very odd question nonetheless.

its a sad plight.


At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes thats the movie. The scene where the foreigner is asked to dress up in cowboy costume in the sweltering heat, just because he's phirangi was too funny.

At 11:46 PM, Blogger Ann said...

this was very enjoyable.

At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post, balaji.
If at all I start a blog, this is (was :-))one of the topics I wanted to write about.

At 8:36 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, ofcourse. this was just a gist of general interviews rather than a criticism of what actresses say :)

anon, will try :)

gayatri, oh yeah. i've mentioned b4 that i rarely see interviews on tamil channels any more and the reason is that the interviewers have standard questions and our actors/actresses have these stock answers :) don't think i've seen that interview u mention. that is definitely a weird question and i think i would've remembered :)

shwetha, yep, i remember a few more scenes now :)

ann/parthi, thanx :)

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