Promo of Ajay Devgn‘s next, Shivaay, has caught everyone’s attention. While the film’s terrific action sequences are expected to rock the show this Diwali, the film is also special for its leading lady Erika Kaar. The Polish actress, who came on board the film around a couple of years back, is making her big Bollywood debut and is happy juggling between India and Poland as per the demand of the situation. Pretty much confessing that she takes a part of India with her whenever she travels to her home country, we catch up with Erika even as she relishes ‘daal khichdi’ that has been home delivered for dinner.
From ‘butter chicken’ to ‘daal khichdi’ and Patanjali products to learning Hindi, guess you have pretty much made India as your home?
I feel grateful actually. Indian people are so warm and open minded. I wouldn’t have expected to experience something like that. I was told stories about the film industry, profession of being an actress and stardom that prevails in Bollywood. I have come to realize that everyone out there is so focused about work. On the other hand in personal life too, I am amongst friends. I am being accepted and that’s great. There are some very good qualities amongst people that I am experiencing.
Talking of experiences, since Ajay features both as your co-star as well as director, which experience did you relish more?
It is not about which role he played better or I experienced. You have to see that he was multi-tasking big time. Other than being a director and an actor, he is also the producer of Shivaay. Every day, he would be planning the shoot, analyzing what is happening in the next shot, and so on. I have never seen anyone working that hard. It’s my first film and I am still learning everything here. I benefitted immensely though since I have almost all of my scenes with Ajay in the film. Whenever we were shooting, I would learn a lot from him acting-wise.
Were you conscious though?
Not really, as I was getting familiar around the whole process day by day. In fact after every shot that I gave, Ajay would take me behind the monitor and show me how I had performed. I got to learn everything step by step. Ajay guided me how my expressions had to look at a particular point in the story, and how it all got captured on the cameras. It was a great lesson to know how camera affects your performance. There are intricacies involved that need a precise eye; that’s what Ajay caught on very well.
So what happens next? Is there another film in the pipeline soon enough?
See, I have a very simple approach towards my work. I think it would be unfair for me to get into any new film before Indian audience sees me on the screen. My work should speak for itself. There is a reason why the makers of Shivaay chose me for this part. I hope I deliver what I am expected to. Then hopefully if I am given a chance, I would gladly take up another project. Till then, it is all about Shivaay.