I'm not comfortable doing lovemaking scenes - Soniya Jehan

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By IndiaFM

"There was a lovemaking scene in Taj Mahal as well," says the ravishing Soniya Jehan on being asked about the much-talked-about love making scene she has with Shiny Ahuja in Sudhir Mishra’s recently released Khoya Khoya Chand. Grand daughter of the legend of yesteryears Noor Jahan, Soniya’s portrayal of a big star in the golden era of Hindi cinema has won universal applause. Her husband calls her a “drama queen” and those of you guys who’ve seen the suicide scene in KKC will agree with Soniya’s histrionic abilities. She spoke exclusively to IndiaFM about why she is shocked on getting a tremendous response, why she thinks Soha is brilliant in the film and what makes Sudhir Mishra a brilliant director.

The critics and audiences alike, your performance in Khoya Khoya Chand has been widely appreciated. How does it feel?
To be honest I’m flattered. I am shocked. I loved my character in the film. I wasn’t expecting this kind of response. It’s a small role but a strong one. You play a big star Ratanmala in Hindi movies in 1950s and 60s. What kind of preparation and research did you do for the film?
I read the script thoroughly apart from watching films of that era and listening to music of that era. My grand mom (Noor Jahan) was a part of the industry at that time and it has left an impression on me. There were no workshops. It was a team effort. I had pictures of my daadi. Niharika, the costume designer got the look going. It was a feminine era and it was great fun.

You are from Pakistan and there are a few bold scenes that you’ve enacted in the film especially the one with Shiny…
There was a lovemaking scene in Taj Mahal as well. It’s not always comfortable doing those scenes in front of 50-100 people watching you. But people in Pakistan are not that narrow minded. The lovemaking scene in Khoya Khoya Chand has been shot well and it is relevant. The scene between me and Shiny was necessary.

The music of the film has an old world charm. What’s your favourite track?
I love it. I get very excited each time I hear the songs while driving my car. It has sad songs, cabarette numbers…it has shades of everything. ‘Yeh Nigaahein’ is my favourite.

According to the critics, KKC has been inspired by several Hindi film personalities like Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt, Madhubala etc. How would you react to that?
I don’t think Sudhir has derived from one character, or any one actor of that time. He was inspired by a number of them. He has tried to present what used to go behind the camera and how the industry was.

Soha Ali Khan’s performance has been panned by the critics. Do you think they’ve missed-the-point somewhere?
That’s a critic’s job. I think Soha has done a brilliant job. People tend to compare her with her mother. It’s always difficult being compared.

Even director Sudhir Mishra isn’t being spared. While a few reviews have been positive, some haven’t understood the Khaalis Urdu spoken in the film without knowing that there were tutors in that era to polish the language of the actors and suited the context of KKC.
I think Sudhir is brilliant. He is very much in his own space. He lets you do what you want. He lets his actors express themselves openly. Critics have to pick out something which they think is not satisfying. I don’t think second half is long. Sudhir makes films for passion of filmmaking. A lot of actors act for passion. We are working in difficult hours trying to please everyone.

Finally how does it feel to be the grand daughter of the legendary Noor Jahan?
My childhood years were with her in Lahore. She was Madam Noor Jahan but for me she was grand mom.