Posted On Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 09:07:06 AM
In an industry where the average debutante can never be older than in her late teens, Sheetal Mallar, selected among the 12 finalists in a 1994 supermodel contest, is all set to make her screen debut opposite John Abraham in Shoojit Sircar’s political thriller Jaffna at 38.
Not only is Mallar a unique candidate for an acting debut, we hear she had absolutely no interest in a film career. So what led to the change of heart?
Sircar, who earlier discovered Yami Gautam of Vicky Donor fame, admits only unusual beauties interest him. “And I find Sheetal very unusual. I’ve been wooing her for a part in Jaffna that I feel only she can do.
To have convinced her is a big triumph for me. Sheetal was adamant on not doing movies,” said the director.
Asked for details about his film, Sircar simply said John and Sheetal would be serenading the unexpected. “They don’t play Romeo and Juliet for sure,” he quipped.
Meanwhile, a source close to the project revealed, “Shoojit was adamant that she do the role in Jaffna because it is no run-of-the-mill character.
What convinced Sheetal was Shoojit’s insistence that the role can’t be played by anyone else. And he is right. The role is far removed from what lead actresses are generally expected to do.”