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INTERVIEW: Nimrat Kaur

Actress Nimrat Kaur during the DVD launch of film The Lunchbox

Actress Nimrat Kaur during the DVD launch of film The Lunchbox
Actress Nimrat Kaur during the DVD launch of film The Lunchbox

By Sandeep Sharma 

 Talented Indian actor Nimrat Kaur, who has been rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s creme de la creme at foreign awards’ galas since her internationally acclaimed and BAFTA-nominated film “The Lunchbox” and American TV series “Homeland”, says the scope of roles for Indian actors has widened across the globe.

“The scope for Indian actors is widening everywhere in the world. The world is becoming a smaller place. Actors are nowadays preferring to work in different places.

“Besides, I don’t think I would have been able to make the career that I have today, 10 years ago. A lot of multiplexes are coming up, and making a film is not as difficult as it was earlier,” Nimrat said ahead of the TV premiere of “The Lunchbox” on Valentine’s Day Saturday.

The actress was last week at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards red carpet as “The Lunchbox” was nominated in the Film Not in the English Language category. It lost to Polish drama “Ida”.

But winning and losing awards doesn’t matter to Nimrat, who essayed a lovelorn wife named Ila in the movie.

“Considering that it’s the beginning of my career, ‘The Lunchbox’ is extremely special for me. The kind of love it has garnered has made me feel great about it,” Nimrat said of the movie, in which she shared screen space with versatile actors Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

“I don’t think that winning or losing an award matters. It’s a wonderful thing that the film got nominated. It’s a great honour for such an amazing film, as it represented India at the international level. Also, the BAFTA platform is not where India has to nominate a film from its side (like in Oscars).

“It was picked by them only as one of the five films for the respective category,” added the 32-year-old who, in a ravishing pink gown with a daring and plunging neckline, made a style statement at the ceremony.

Before the BAFTA red carpet, Nimrat also made an appearance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, thanks to her role as Tasneem Qureshi in the US political thriller television series “Homeland”.

Asked about the difference she witnessed working for the TV series in comparison to “The Lunchbox”, Nimrat said: “TV series abroad work in a way as big as for movies. The amount of money that they use for producing shows is huge. Their punctuality and their sense of time is very brilliant.”

Now in India, the actress will begin work on a mainstream film “Airlift”, which stars Bollywood’s ‘Khiladi’ Akshay Kumar.