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Paanch... beyond Magic Pill



Tejaswini Kolhapure.

SHE LOOKS ordinary but chose a not-so-ordinary debut film and role to express herself. Tejaswini Kolhapure was not affected by the film ambience at home either. But it "rubbed on slowly" as this younger sister of Padmini Kolhapure says. Tejaswini is in New Delhi to promote "Paanch" that her theatre days' friend Anurag Kashyap writes and directs.

One would wonder why she chose a film with almost nondescript cast for a debut, she has her answer ready: "I loved the script. I wasn't sure if I wanted to act. But it was a home production that helped me feel in a comfort zone, then it was an-over-the-edge kind of role that I thought I would make my presence felt with. I am the only female among four males in the film. That itself draws much focus, hence the choice."

The role sees her as "a tomboyish girl, Shuili, who is equally aware of her sexuality but she never wants to show the world her vulnerable, sweet side, so she is manipulative."

"I have been tomboyish in my childhood days so it wasn't difficult to play the role," she offers. Incidentally, she had earlier acted in the author-backed TV serial "Mujhe Chaand Chahiye" and modelled for Vimal saris, Sony T.V etc before trying her hand at theatre.

"I performed in three plays in two years of theatre, `Magic Pill' directed by Pandit Satyadev Dubey and `Sabse Bade Thag' with Markand Deshpande. The grooming helped me shape up better in the film," she says. But she thought that she would lose her spontaneity if she kept working in theatre. "I never wanted to be theatrical, hence I joined the film."

This graduate from Bombay University always looks for a role like that played by actress Michelle in the film "Bat Man".

Music is what this film is all about and that is what dear to Tejaswini. "I learnt a little bit of classical music in my childhood and playing Veena but I could not continue," says she.

After "Paanch", watch her in "Anjaane - the unknown" too.

RANA A. SIDDIQUI

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