Meera Chopra is one happy girl. The first film that she had signed, 1920 London, is now hitting the screens. With an author backed role, Meera is glad that she can showcase her acting skills to the rest of the world. While she has done films down South, Meera is enjoying the release of her big Bollywood film which has been written by Vikram Bhatt no less. With Tinu Suresh Desai as the director (who is also gearing up for his big ticket film Rustom) and Sharman Joshi as her co-star, Meera is all excited to check out the response to third in the franchise which has seen successful films like 1920 and 1920 Evil Returns.
Chills, thrills and lot of suspense – guess 1920 London would have the true template of a horror movie in there, right?
See, template is there for every genre. It is there even for romantic films. It is about how you make it into something different with your screenplay. So the way 1920 London works is that it also has a strong romantic angle. When we were in London, Vikram gave us a brief to go out there and shoot a very beautiful love story. Yes, the film belongs to horror genre but there is strong undercurrent of romance too. Also, thankfully the girl is not possessed here, the boy is (smiles). That said, there is a wonderful surprise in the end. People will be shocked for sure. So romance and horror – this is what makes the film novel.
When it comes to horror though, the leading lady is also expected to get into a sensuous zone.
You know, just a few days back a reporter asked me if I was exposing in the film and had done any sensual scene. I was like ‘Sorry buddy, there is nothing like that’. This film has a very strong part for me. I strongly feel that either you do small part in a big film or vice versa. That said, whatever you do, it needs to be done well. A horror movie always works because of that major element – horror. It doesn’t work because of an actor. Yes, a love story works because of an actor but not a horror film. I truly believe that 1920 London is a wonderful step ahead for me.
You sound positive.
Yes, I am, though I would be the first to admit that I still have a long journey ahead for me. I want the world to say though that here is this girl who can act, look good and is not a dumb bimbo. That’s what I am trying to project for myself. Of course the world won’t change overnight for me. Still, I have done my part well and hope to be recognized. The least I can do is being practical about myself. I am not living in a dream-world.
How about the world of 1920 London – Do you believe in that?
I have always told Tinu that I don’t relate even 1% to my character in the film; I am not like that in real life. Now that’s the most difficult thing to do because you are playing a person who is not you. In that sense, I think acting in my next film Secret was like a piece of cake. Yes, it has a much more challenging role but then it is similar to my real character so I had more fun doing that. I am being myself there and I love that about it.