chat Vishakha Singh gets the best of both worlds
W ith a host of exciting new-age projects, Vishakha Singh, best known for her debut in Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se (KHJJS) a few years ago and more recently for Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya (KLTA) in Tamil, has a busy year ahead with three of her films awaiting release — Vikram Bhatt’s Ankur Arora Murder Case , Farhan Akhtar’s production Fukrey directed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Shashant Shah’s Bajate Raho . And, she’s also turned producer for indie projects — Peddlers and Haramkhor — that have generated great buzz. Excerpts from a chat…
From the period setting in Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se to a Tamil comedy film seems like the other end of the spectrum.
As an actor I can’t restrict myself to any particular genre. After KHJJS people remembered me as this intense actor. Now, intense: I am. Hardworking: I am. Intelligent: I am. But heck, I am also fun! So when KLTA came along, I was game for it. My director Manikandan K. S. came from an advertising background. I knew he was going to present me well. And the reference he gave me was that of Sai Paranjpe’s Chashme Buddoor . I was naturally hooked.
You have been part of the new wave young Hindi cinema with Peddlers and Fukrey . You even produced Vasan Bala’s Peddlers .
This is such a fabulous time for the film industry. Jaded commercial formulas are fading out. We have fresh young talent pouring in. The audience tastes are changing. The ‘offbeat independent variety’ has become commercially viable.
As long as you are within your budget, work with a like-minded team and know how to market it to the target audience, I don’t see any reason for such films to not do well. I am proud to be associated with Peddlers . I am not starring in it. As a co-producer, it was minimum investment-minimum risk for me. Peddlers being part of the Cannes Critics Week 2012 was a huge turning point for me.