Having made her foray into Bollywood, with the film Dil Maange More in 2004, actor Soha Ali Khan is back big with her new release, Mr. Joe B Carvalho, which released on Friday. Soha talks about the film and how her role is a little different from all other roles she had played in the past.
Talk about your character in Mr. Joe B Carvalho ?
I play the role of a senior cop, named Shanti Priya Phadnis whose objective is to solve crime. There is a particular assignment that she has been given, which is to track down and capture a world renowned assassin called Carlos. The film is a comedy of errors and mistaken identity. Shanti Priya takes her job as a cop very seriously, but the effect on screen will hopefully make people laugh.
Is it a clichéd character that you play in the film or is it different from other roles you have done before?
I am doing action, cabaret dances, wearing swimsuits, and doing things that I think, break away from my image. I find it interesting, because I think every actor fights against being typecast. The film is refreshing in terms of the sense of humour. Especially in recent times we have been seeing a certain kind of comedy, which is a little crass. I think this is a kind of film one can watch with the whole family.
Have you come out of your comfort zone to playing this role?
Yes. I have worn a bikini which is coming way out of my comfort zone, on screen. There is a certain baggage that comes with it, doing it on screen, which I was apprehensive to take on. But, it has been done with a certain amount of elegance. It also involves doing things that I haven’t done before. Whether it’s wearing a police uniform, taking on 20 goondas, or whether it’s doing a cabaret number, wearing certain outfits, or just playing a role, that is a little less inhibited.
You have done comedy roles in the past. But, what really intrigued you about the script of Mr. Joe B Carvalho ?
I think it was the role. When I heard the script, I thought it would be so much fun, to be a part of this film, after an intense film like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns. It was a breath of fresh air. The character had to wear fun costumes and do fun things, and therefore, doing this film was almost like a paid holiday for me.
What are your future projects?
Chaarfutiya Chhokare will release soon. It has a very good script and again a very good role. The film, a social thriller, is about child prostitution and child trafficking.