Rimi sen Bollywood debut Hungama was released in 2003.Rimi, who has been around for almost two decades, has done a lot of comedy and drama but now wants to try thrillers.
Here’s what she shared:
What was your first project to do? How did the project come to you?
I do Coke trading with Aamir Khan. After that, I started getting movie giveaways and Hungama (2003) was one of them. I did not examine that, I had to meet Mr. Priyadarshan. All he asked me was if I could swim. I said I knew it and it was ready for me. I was surprised as it was not a swimming role, and I wondered how these movies were signed.
I think we met at the Holiday Inn or something. She is very shy and I believe because she should have just asked me something, asked about swimming. Now to think of it, a few years later, I made his film Kyun Ki where I had to drown, which is probably why he asked me. (laughs).
Mr. Priyadarshan is very clear about what he wants, from broadcasting to production. He is a highly sorted director.
What do you remember about your first day on the set?
We went to Chennai to shoot. On the first day, I think there was Akshaye Khanna and Paresh Rawal all around. It was one of the scenes in Paresh ji’s house in the movies. That was the time when Aftab Shivdasani was at the peak of his career again.
Are you scared? How many retakes did you take?
I have never been scared. I have always been very confident in imitation. But Akshaye and Paresh ji’s time is so good that it was a chore to be like them. Priyadarshan sir is very easy with the characters. He will come to explain in such a clear way, that you will not realize that you have just explained something! He knows how to bring out the best in any character. That’s his feature.
I have worked with great dedication, as I have been told, as an obedient student. There has never been a complaint about me and people have a lot of respect for me. That I had trouble pronouncing words. So in my first films, my voice was coined. Rest, everything was fine.
If you were given the opportunity to return to your former role, what would you like to change or do better?
And it worked really well. That my Hindi dictionary was a bit of a problem. I wish I could be proud of myself. Today, I would probably not make a comedy film, unless its content is good.