The first of this week features Vaishnavi MacDonald. In the 82nd edition of our special series, the actor talks about his first Bollywood career, the Ramsay Brothers film, Veerana (1988).
Veerana (1988) was directed by Shyam Ramsay and Tulsi Ramsay. But the good news is that MacDonald started imitating at a young age, with so many people not wanting to pick it up as the first one. Here is what the actor shared about being part of Ramsay Brother’s film, Veerana.
What was your first project to do? How did the project come to you?
My first movie happened when I was 9 years old. It was a horror film called Veerana (1988). I had no intention of imitating. One of my uncles, JK Ahuja, who used to write for thrillers and Ramsay Brothers, also wrote Veerana. Through her, we know they want a girl with a good face to play the baby version of the heroine Jasmin Dhunna. My uncle somehow convinced my parents to let me do this.
Veerana Ramsay Vaishnavi Mcdonald was nine years old when he worked at Veerana.What do you remember about your first day on the set?
The first day of the shooting took place at the Giri Kunj garden near Dharmendra ji and at Sunny Deol’s house. It still exists. My first shot was on the porch with great actors like Vijayendra Ghatge and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
In the square, I had to look down and keep my eyes open, because I was in. And when you open your eyes for a long time, they start to burn. I took some back because of that but we finally got a good shot. My character gets into it when he was younger. The witch controls him.
Are you scared? How many retakes did you take?
I never wanted to be an actor. I was an avid reader. So when I first faced the camera, I was terrified. Somehow, that fear is not visible on the screen. But that came out well and the producers-directors were very happy even though it was my first degree in the camera.
How was your relationship with your colleagues when you met or worked with them and later?
In those days, we had no cell phones to communicate. So we were there for a while and everyone went their own way and lost contact. I think Jasmin Dhunna also disappeared after that. Only Sahila Chadha is close by I guess. He had CINTAA. I worked with Kulbhushan Kharbanda later on the TV show Mere Ghar Aayi Ek Nanhi Pari.
If you were given the opportunity to return to your former role, what would you like to change or do better?
Even though at the time I was critical of my performance. But they have shown me very well. Part of the film was based on a child. It was an interesting film at the time when things were not as progressive as Vikram Bhatt’s films today. But even if it had something of that kind and limitations, it was a well-made film. And it has done well compared to many other Ramsay films that don’t have much work.
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One film or role that inspired you to become an actor?
My father loved English movies so he took us to the theater to see all the latest movies. I loved the Mask, the old one
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