"Watched Konkona's films to play Bengali girl"
By Juhi Chakraborty
Actress Yami Gautam, who is playing the role of a Bengali girl in her debut film "Vicky Donor", says she watched Konkona Sen Sharma's films to prepare for her character.
The 25-year-old actress, who is a Punjabi girl from Chandigarh, says director Shoojit Sircar wanted her to refer to Bengali actresses to prepare for the role. "It was a different role as I am a Punjabi girl and I had to play a Bengali character. I don't have any Bengali friends but Shoojit sir helped me prepare for the role. He made me watch films starring Konkona and other Bengali actresses to understand their body language - the spunk and the attitude very typical of Bengali girls," Yami told PTI.
The actress was previously seen in TV shows "Chand Ke Paar Chalo" and "Yeh Pyaar Na Hoga Kam". She also appeared in a number of advertisements before bagging the lead role in "Vicky Donor".
"Getting into films was not a cakewalk. I stopped doing TV because I was not happy with my roles. Then I started doing advertisements and was noticed. The casting director of 'Vicky Donor' approached me after spotting me in one of the ads and I auditioned for the part. I had to undergo a number of screen tests and was then finalised to play Ashima," she said. The film also stars VJ-turned-actor Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami said that the actor is an introvert in real life contrary to his on-screen image. PTI