Bhuvan’s Gowri is back on the large screen
Does the name Gracy Singh ring a bell? Sure it does. It’s hard to forget the Gowri of Lagaan and Dr. Suman of Munnabhai MBBS despite fresh faces making their debut on screen every Friday. Talking of Gracy, the first question that arises is why she went into oblivion after being part of hit films like Lagaan, Munnabhai and Gangaajal. Gracy has been asked this many a time before and she says with smile, “I haven’t disappeared. I was waiting for the right kind of films and some of the films I was shooting for got delayed. Frankly, I am happy with my career. I am here for the love of art and not to be part of the rat race.”
Gracy has had her share of highs and lows trying to get a toehold in an industry, and 2008 does hold promise. Lined up for release are two Hindi films – Aseema and Desh Drohi, Kannada film Meghaway Meghaway and a Punjabi film. “If I can, I’d love to do a film in every Indian language. I’ve enjoyed working in Telugu films as well. Santosham with Nagarjuna was the most memorable of the lot,” she recalls.
Aseema is based on a novel written by Shailaja Kumari Aparajita Mohanty. “The script has always been my priority and I cannot thumb down films that have strong content. Aseema is just the kind of film that will put me back in the spot light. Saying that the film is about a woman’s fight for identity might sound cliched. I’d rather describe Aseema as an entertaining family drama,” she says. Following this is Desh Drohi, an action potboiler which will see Gracy act tough for the first time. “I’ve never done an action film before; I learnt to ride bikes, kickboxing and martial arts. I am neither a cop nor a conwoman. I am a regular girl who lives in Mumbai. For a change, I get to save the hero who has a knack of getting into trouble,” she laughs, evidently enjoying the role reversal.
Her tryst with regional films takes on a new dimension with her Punjabi film Lakh Pardesi Hoye where she gets to be Miss Punjab. “The story has something in store for NRIs who are still Indian at heart.” The Kannada film Meghaway Meghaway was in the news recently for launching its music on board an aircraft from Bangalore. “It’s a musical love story and going by the title, it was apt that the music was released on an aircraft.”
A trained classical dancer, Gracy has been performing ballets in between her film schedules. “I’d love to play the role of a dancer in a film. But everything has to work. A good role can go unnoticed if it’s not supported by the right script and director,” she signs off.
SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO