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At gracious best

A courteous and shy Gracy Singh is now looking for spice and variety



Gracy Singh makes a foray into the thriller genre — Photo: V. Sudershan

IT DOES not take much effort to make out that Gracy Singh's screen image of that of shy, introvert girl matches fully with her personality. She does not lack in warmth but words. Her one line generalised answers, reluctant gestures and reserved demeanour are enough for one to withdraw pursuing her to come forth. Yet a very gracious Gracy opens up, provided a swelling crowd doesn't envelop her. "I am trying tough to open up. Please don't mind. I have generated some skills on the sets of Wajahh where the producer was very unhappy with me. He asked me, "What is this Gracy, you come on the sets and without greeting anybody walk straight into the green room. At least say hello to them," I realised my mistake. From next day, I made it sure that I would say hello to all 60 people present here; from star cast to spot boy. I did that. A boy came to call me as shot was ready and the director was waiting for me but I said, no I will come only after greeting everyone here. Now I have made it a regular feature. I say hello to everyone on sets. But by the time I retire to the make up room, I am totally exhausted because such a gesture does not come naturally to me. I have to make extra efforts but a smile on people's face after the greeting satisfies me too," reveals Gracy.

That was her Wajahh for not coming forth but she had all reasons to do this film. "So far I haven't tried a suspense thriller but actually speaking this role has taken so much of energy out of me. I am constantly running and falling and given beatings by almost everybody. Is film main mujhe har koi marta hi rahta hai. Bahut pitai hui hai. The only relief was a romantic song in the marriage anniversary party," she complains like a child. It is because she plays wife of a doctor played by Arbaaz Khan, whom an astrologer tells that her husband would kill her one day. So she starts getting hallucinations and is handled by different people in different ways. Interestingly, 90 per cent shots in the film were taken without any retakes, she informs. "And those were most difficult shots of my life," she adds.

For Gracy, the filmdom hasn't been much of a comfort zone and a venue for endless opportunities despite her grand entry through Oscar nominated film Lagaan by Aamir Khan. "This film proved to be almost counter productive for my career because it had a great period role. It raised me to such a high platform that people stopped approaching me. And I couldn't have waited for such a great film to come again as such films are made only once in 20 years! Moreover I never tried for stardom. I was quite satisfied doing television but when I started getting meaningful roles, I took them one by one." And the reason for not being seen in many films is her "laid-back attitude, lack of variety" and her own reservations for exposing. "My secretary Joshi ji who is in the film world for 40 years and who chooses scripts for me says that I am born in a wrong era. The kinds of roles I am looking for were etched out long back," she laughs. And in the same breadth she adds that she is fed up of doing those homely girl kind of a roles. "I want variety," she declares. And for a variety would she mind following Mallika Sherawat's footsteps. "I don't know why people ask me this question everywhere? This is the question of attitude. She is doing it because she is comfortable with it. Why compare her with everyone?" She manages to parry the query.

What next?

"Choodiyan, a family drama" and Dhool by Guddu Dhanua in which she plays "an activist type village girl".

Here lies her answer!

RANA SIDDIQUI

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