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LIZA GEORGE
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CHAT Isha Sharvani who’s made an impression with her performance in David says her entry into filmdom was a curious blend of luck and destiny

From playing a woman caught in a love triangle in Subhash Ghai’s Kisna to a spoilt movie star in Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance to a hearing- and speech-impaired Roma in the just-released Bejoy Nambiar’s David , Isha Sharvani has come a long way. The actor who calls her entry into filmdom a curious blend of “luck and destiny” is all smiles.

Says Isha: “I met Bejoy years ago and he offered me a role in Shaitan, which I, unfortunately, could not take up. While writing the character of Roma in David, he apparently had me in mind.”

The bonus!

The lissome actor was thrilled when she heard that she would be cast opposite Vikram in the film. Getting to work with Tabu on the sets of David was a bonus. “Although I did not have any scenes with Tabu, I would make it a point to watch the shoot of the scenes between Tabu and Vikram. I loved watching the two acting greats together.”

Shooting for the movie, although fun, was also a challenge. The actor recollects how they had to shoot one of the romantic songs in the movie in Alappuzha. “We had to shoot the song in just one night. The lane was narrow, barely enough for a person to walk on. As the locals heard Vikram was in town, they thronged the place. The crew had a tough time cordoning off the crowd. Insects were crawling up our skins, the water wasn’t that clean, we were drenched in sweat… it was anything but romantic. However, when you see it on screen, it looks so romantic.”

The actor is now looking forward to the release of the Malayalam movie Anju Sundarikal (five beautiful women). “I play one of the five sundaris in the film. The movie has five short stories on love. My story by Sameer Thahir is on ‘young’ love. Sameer’s sets were so different from that of Bollywood. In Mollywood, the sense of unity is strong. I liked how every one — right from the actors to the director, camera man, spot boys, — ate together. There was no difference in ranks.”

Dance, her first love

Daughter of renowned dancer Daksha Seth and musician Devissaro, Isha is an accomplished dancer in her own right. Isha, who maintains that dance will always be her first love, will soon be touring various parts of the world with her mother’s Daksha Sheth Dance Company’s new dance production Shiv Shakti .

LIZA GEORGE

While writing the character of Roma in David, Bejoy apparently had me in mind



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