Not first actress to show bare back: Paoli Dam
By Nanda Das
Her bare back in "Hate Story" poster and the explicit trailer have already ensured Paoli Dam a sensational debut in Bollywood but the Bengali beauty is not perturbed about being typecast as a sex symbol in the industry.
Dam says she does not find anything shocking in the content or her role of a revenge seeking woman in the Vikram Bhatt film.
"As an actor, I feel boldness is just a mindset, It's not just about wearing less clothes and showing your bare back on-screen. I am not the first one to do that. There are many actresses who did it before.
"I don't think it will typecast me because I can't repeat myself. I am an actress and it's my job to bring out something new everytime. I don't like my career to be monotonous. I am getting many offers of lead roles in Hindi films and they are completely different to what I have done in this film," Dam told PTI.
The 32-year-old Bengali actress, who already has a body of work in Bengal after starting her career with Gautam Ghosh's "Kaalbela", says she decided to make her debut with "Hate Story" as it gave her enough scope to perform as a newcomer.
"I hadn't thought of entering Bollywood before. I was quite content with the kind of Bengali films I was doing in Tollywood. But I chose this because I can't say no to Vikram Bhatt. He is sensible director and a big name in the industry. I like the storyline and my character (Kavya) because as a performer I had enough scope to perform.
"It's a multi-dimensional character. You get so many layers to perform in one character. It was a lucrative deal for me. I feel, getting a women-centric film as your launch veichle is a big thing.
Moreover, the film has got good song and dance sequence to show my versatility," Dam said. Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the film revolves around the life a female journalist who plots revenge against the man who ruined her life. The film releases on April 20.
"'Hate Story' is not about nudity. It's an emotional film. I play a girl who is like any other girl, who falls in love and in the quest of it she loses her job and motherhood and is ruined. The only option in her life is to take revenge," Dam added.
After working in Bengali and Hindi cinema, she feels Bollywood is more glamerous whereas Bengali cinema is culturally rooted.
"Bollywood is more stylised and glamerise. Whereas Bengali cinema is more rooted to their culture and tradition. Bollywood is a brand itself because it is an amalgamation of all the cultures in our country," she said.
The actress is also shooting for a movie based on Rabindranath Tagore's "Ellar Charodhyaya", where she is playing Ella. The film is a period drama set in 1930. PTI