Sagarika Ghatge: I Need To Be More Aggressive

With Irada hitting screens this week, Ghatge tells us how she traded the hockey stick for the pen

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Sagarika Ghatge shot to fame as ‘Preeti Sabharwal’ in Chak De! India. And then, she was off the audiences’ radar despite appearing in a couple of flicks over the years. Now, she’s sharing screen space with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi in eco-thriller Irada, that’s going to hit theatres on February 17, 2017. Bayside Journal caught up with her to know more about Irada. Excerpts:

How was it working with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi?

I have always looked up to Naseeruddin Sir and Arshad. Especially for an actor, who doesn’t have the body of work [that they do], getting a chance to work with them, it’s amazing. There have been times when I have been on sets when I had nothing to do but I would just go to see them act. I have also seen that Naseerji is very happy to have Arshad around.

How did you gel with Arshad?

I had a lot of work with Arshad. He is one of the best co-stars an actor can get. He is such a nice and fun person. He also gives you a lot of inputs on acting. Like you act the way you do but he will just say [something] in such a nice way that you would want to do that. And when you do that, you realise that your performance has actually improved. But he will give you the suggestion without telling you to do it. I think that is the beauty he has, I always tell him why don’t you direct, why don’t you direct. He is an amazing person.

How does it feel playing a journalist?

I salute you all, man (laughs). So in the movie, it is about her journey and how she is being threatened in the process while she is trying to bring out the truth. I think journalists have too much power and you guys can make so much difference. People are reading what you guys are writing. It was amazing to be on the other side.

How was it being directed by a lady?

I must say it was really good. The movie has a very sensitive subject and you need someone who is that sensitive as a person and Aparnaaji [Aparnaa Singh] has that quality.

How would you sum up your Bollywood career?

The industry has been very good to me. I have got a lot of good work but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after Chak De! India. I was just 20-years-old when that movie came out. I think everyone has their own journey that one goes through. I have had my own. I love being in front of the camera but I think I wasn’t aggressive enough after my first film. I am very grateful that I did a film like Chak De! India because it gave me a lot of recognition. And that is a film that I have to cherish because a film like that will never happen again and if it does then I will be really lucky. I think I just have to be out there more. I think it is about being more focused, which I wasn’t before.

There are rumours about Zaheer Khan and you…

(Laughs) I am just in a very happy space right now. I have never really spoken about my personal life. I am just very happy right now in my life. I just want to say that we are happy.