Aahana Kumra was our recent guest on Instagram live chat. Known for playing exceptional roles in movies like Lipstick Under My Burkha, and shows like Rangbaaz, the actress was recently seen playing the lead opposite Rajeev Khandelwal in Voot’s Marzi.
Further, Aahana Kumra let us know what she has been doing in quarantine.
How is the lockdown treating you?
I am a bit stressed lately. The building where my parents live has been sealed due to a person getting tested positive out there. Other than that, quarantine has been like any other day. I read, watch shows, play with my nephew, and do other tasks.
What are you watching these days?
I have been watching the documentary series Drive To Survive on Netflix. I have also begun with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime.
Tell us about your journey.
I hail from Lucknow. I moved to Bombay for work purposes. There, I came to know about the Prithvi Theatre through acquaintances. A particular Summer Training Workshop was going on and I enrolled myself for it. During the course, I introspected myself and decided on becoming an actor.
Hence, I joined the Whistling Woods International School where I could work under the guidance of Naseer Sir (Naseeruddin Shah) and Ratna Ma’am (Ratna Pathak). After that, I used to get calls for the audition and gradually things fell at the place.
You made your television debut with Amitabh Bachchan, how was it working with him?
Bachchan Sir is a fantastic person to work with. He is like a lion on set with so much weightage and grace. He is also a jolly person who knows to break the ice and make everyone feel comfortable. So yes, he is an amazing personality and it was great working with him.
How was it portraying Priyanka Gandhi in The Accidental Prime Minister?
My role was a very brief one in the movie. There were hardly five scenes which got narrowed down to three. However, I remember I had to give twelve takes for a particular scene. This was because I had not come across her interviews before. Once I did, it became easier for me to understand her body-language and portray her character accordingly.
One word for your Accidental PM co-star Anupam Kher?