Shahana banks on ‘Midnight’s Children’

Shahana banks on ‘Midnight’s Children’

By Eye TV India Bureau

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Actress Shahana Goswami is more confident now and has become choosy after her films including ‘Ra.One’, 'Game' and 'Yun Hota to Kya Hota' besides the upcoming 'Heroine'. She is banking on Deepa Mehta's 'Midnight's Children' that may help her bag good roles internationally. The dusky beauty, who ages from 19 to 45 in the film, says the character has its own challenges. She plays mother to Satya Bhabha played by Saleem Sinai and Soha Ali Khan, who are both older than she in real life. She says she faced the toughest moment when Saleem Sinai returns after turning 17, and his father kicks him out again. Sahana finds it an irony that firstly she comes to know that Saleem is not her son and then she stands up for him against her husband. Sahana is indebted to Deepa for helping her in building confidence to play this challenging character. She reveals that much of the film was secretly shot in Sri Lanka with another title, 'Winds of Change', to keep it goon-proof.

Incidentally, Shahana Goswami starrer is a Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker prize-winning book. The film premiered at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival recently. With a screenplay by Rushdie himself, the story follows an Indian family over four generations and India's historic turning points. Dressed in a sheer, flamboyant red saree at the photo call for the film at the festival, Goswami could not hide her excitement. She said this is her second film at Toronto after Nandita Das ‘Firaaq’.. Goswami has also bagged another international project in 'Vara: The Blessing', directed by Khyentse Norbu, Bhutanese director who earlier directed 'The Cup'. The film is in English, and based on the short story by Sunil Gangopadhyay. Goswami plays a tomboyish girl born to a devdasi. The film is about her life journey, losing her innocence through the harsh realities of life -- with a parallel world evoking her love for Krishna.

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