A self-made, honest, and adventurous girl with a strongly independent mind set, Nimrat Kaur is in Bollywood to make a mark in acting. For nine long years she did modelling assignments and excelled in theatre when The Lunchbox propelled her to fame with a role that changed her life.
How does it feel to be associated with movies like The Lunchbox and Airlift?
I feel blessed and extremely fortunate. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to be a part of these two films that were accepted in the genre in which they were made. It really feels lovely and gratifying to know that people from all ages seem to have loved my films.
The stint before The Lunchbox?
Even before The Lunchbox, I did a lot of work that inspired me and constantly kept me going. I never allowed myself to sit in the house wondering what I will do next. I was busy doing short films, plays, advertisements, etc.
Of cinema, modeling and theatre, which one is the most demanding?
All these mediums are very challenging in their own unique ways. Some are physically very demanding, some need a lot of patience; but theatre for me, ends up being the most challenging medium. The skill sets that one requires are very different from other mediums. There is a live audience, you rehearse for a long time and you live that part or character for a long time. So, for me, theatre has been a little more demanding than the other two.
How important are critics for you?
It firstly depends on who the critics are. You know the kind of people I consider credible critics are the ones who don’t criticise just for the heck of it or without knowledge of the medium. But critics who genuinely understand the film for what it is and what it caters to, their opinions really matter to me. They can be friends, they can be family, they don’t necessarily have to be professional critics.
Are you a director’s actor?
I am an audience’s actor.
Your definition of success?
Peace and happiness.
Your journey in Bollywood so far?
It’s very gratifying and I feel so happy.
Don’t you find it ironical that some Indian movies do exceptionally well abroad, but don’t get the same response at home?
Well, that happens in some other countries also. A lot of time it’s about what the audience of a country wants to watch and like that, it’s a very different kind of business. As I have come to understand it, there is a clear commerce behind a movie doing better abroad.
How has theatre impacted your acting?
I have learned everything I know today in theatre. All my skills, my experience, the people that I worked have with, all the plays that I have watched, everything is due to my theatre background.
Tell us something about your childhood?
I come from an army background, and have lived in a number of places and studied in different schools. I have had a very beautiful childhood and got to interact with new people all the time.
Male actors have an easier time in Bollywood than female actors. How far would you agree?
I don’t think it’s like that. Ultimately it’s your work and talent that get you noticed in the industry.
One actor you have the best chemistry with?
I think it’s got to be Akshay. We’ve had some really wonderful time together.
Do awards and recognitions mean a lot to you?
The love of my audience does mean a lot to me. Their reviews, their appreciations and thoughts on what I have done matters the most.
One character which was the most difficult for you to play?
I think it was playing Tasleem Qureshi in Homeland. She is an ISI agent who is sympathetic to terrorists.
How did western television happen?
It was destiny I think and also perhaps it was because of The Lunchbox. If you keep working hard, you keep fulfilling your destiny.
What kind of a person would you describe yourself as?
I am more of a social person. I love people, I love meeting them and talking to them. But I don’t have a huge circle of friends, I have few but good friends.
Written by Jaideep Pandey