Actor Rumana Molla is all set for her new film Virgin Bhanupriya. She was seen in movies like Ek Villan and Pyar Ka Punchnama 2. Molla also shared the screen with actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi in a National Award winning film Irada in 2017.
The movie ‘Virgin Bhanupriya’ has a very interesting title. Also this subject is a taboo in our society. What is your opinion?
I think it’s high time for things to change and for sexuality to stop being a taboo. It’s important to enable younger people to talk about these things openly and to remove the shame factor that’s always been attached to sexuality in general.
Tell us more about your character and preparations for the role?
My character Rukul is fierce, independent, she’s a man eater and she’s completely unapologetic about it. In order to prepare for this character, I had to leave my ideas and my inhibitions behind and accept this woman for who she is. Her language is also unique. She speaks in punchlines and I had to own those lines and make them seamless.
Do you think Indian audience is ready for a film which talks about a woman’s virginity?
I think irrespective of whether they are ready or not, it is necessary. I think the concept of shame that’s been attached like a shadow to sexuality in general makes it hard for youngsters to talk about it and to ask the questions they might have and that’s got to change.
You seem to enjoy quirky comedy tales quite a lot. PKP was hilarious in itself and it seems this one too has quite a lot of hilarious sequences. Do you personally enjoy doing comedy?
I love to be a part of comedies. But each comedy is different and needs a fresh approach. For some, one needs to be mindful of timing and deliver lines in a specific way. But some are written in such a way that one just needs to be true to the character. But I believe one of best things to do is not try to be funny.
What is the first thing you notice before deciding on a script that you want to take the project?
I look at the story and the character (besides the director of course). I want to feel if the character is fleshed out and integral to the story. The length of the role didn’t matter much initially but now it does because I have noticed a tendency for the smaller characters to be underwritten and hence difficult to interpret.
How was your experience of working with Urvashi Rautela?
You get to learn from every single person. She’s astute and understands the ways of the industry really well. I think that’s a great asset.