Interview Indian Times

Een interview met Caroline in de Indian Times. Binnenkort zal zij naar Kerala vertrekken voor de opnames van de Indische speelfilm 'Manglish', waarin zij de hoofdrol zal spelen. In dit interview vertelt ze over haar verwachtingen.

By Deepa Soman

Firang scorchers have been searing Bollywood screens for quite a while. However, they rarely land major roles down south, especially in Malayalam, where the audience are not too takin in by a mere ramp-ready look. However, with filmmakers here exploring new storylines, it looks like Mollywood is also ready to rope in some exotic talents. Caroline Bech from the Netherlands is all set to star in a Mammootty film directed by Salaam Bapu. What is more, she is the megastar's leading lady in the movie!KT gets chatting with the actress who has many commercial films and theatre productions to her credit, abroad.

How did you land in Mollywood?
I came to know about this project through an associate, who is well connected to the film and ad sector in India. Once I heard the storyline, I found it quite amazing. The plot is really attractive and there is a lot of fun, wonder and emotions. Then the hero, Mammootty. Once I learnt about him, I was overcome with respect and admiration for him. I also love the industry here and the kind of movies made here. I feel this film is going to be special and remembered.

Did you have any apprehensions about taking up a Malayalam movie because of the language or cultural barriers?

Working in the Malayalam film industry will be quite challenging, for it is known for its rich artistic depth and variety. I also feel that starring opposite Mammootty, who is a brilliant and talented actor, is a privilege. Although I don't know the language, the story and the working plans sound fairly comfortable for my performance. And, of course, I wish the initiative gives me a memorable experience. I also look forward to be a part of the broad canvass of Indian cinema and would love to embrace any good opportunities coming my way. Just that I would prioritise the story and the level of performance required as the yardstick. I would love to be part of both films and theatre in India.

Have you visited Kerala yet and do you have friends here?
Not yet. I am waiting to see the place, and am eager to learn more about Kerala. I am aware that it is one of the most exotic tourist destinations and people from Europe prefer this beautiful spot the most when they think of visiting India or Asia. And interestingly, my character in this film has so much to do with tourism. I was also pleased to learn that it is a state with the highest literacy and rich cultural traditions. I also have a few Malayali friends. The one through whom I happened to be part of this project is also a Malayali, who lives in the Netherlands, and I have worked with him earlier as well. We are good friends now and I started liking Kerala through him.

What is your impression about Indian film industries? Do you watch Indian movies?
It's a vast and diverse world of movies. Bollywood is quite popular in the West too. Indian films do have a richness of emotions and their songs and drama are really interesting. Though I have not watched many Indian movies yet, I am improving my awareness about them. I have also felt that Malayalam films require higher level of performance compared to other industries.

You are actively involved in theatre productions. What is your first love — films or theatre?
I love both, but films are my current focus. Theatre is my background and it has grounded me well in the field of acting. But films demand a different pattern of working. Be it on any platform of performance, your effort, dedication and performance matter a lot for success.

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