The smart and petite lass Aarti Rana is indeed a sheer delight to watch on the TV screen. The actress who left audiences spellbound with her dramatic performance in the SAB Sony Comedy show ‘Pritam Pyaare aur Woh,’ the thriller based show ‘Haunted Nights’ and ‘Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat’ on Colors in a sensuous and traditional avatar and the film Rajjo says that her ambition is to end up being a Priyanka Chopra though she would not like compare herself with the actresses. An interview with the vivacious actress by Jyoti Venkatesh for your reading pleasure …
How did you start your career as an actress?
I started my career as an actress literally from scratch – without knowing A B C D about the film industry. I embarked on the journey after learning acting at Actor Prepares. I also acted in plays with Karan Kala Manch and the Spandan theatre group at Malad, and was part of plays like ‘One Coin Please’ which was about how the film industry works. I polished my skills as an actress by being a part of plays like ‘Birju Ka Chautha Grahak.’
What is your role in the serial Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat?
In the serial ‘Chakravartrin Ashoka Great’, I am playing the role of Bema, who is a great support system to him, which is very strong like a sister. I have a very good track in the serial, exactly like Divya Dutta had in the film ‘Veer Zaara.’
Was Chakravartin Ashoka Great a big turning point in your career as an actress?
For the first time in my career, my fans came to me and sought selfies with me and I felt that I was really being recognized for my work.
Which was your first serial as an actress?
I played the role of Jigna which had a comic flavor in a serial called ‘Pritam Pyaare Aur Woh’ with Tiku Talsania way back in 2013.
Do young boys come rushing to you to propose to you?
Many young boys started proposing to me through social media and some even asked me for a date with them but neither I want to waste my time nor to lose my focus from acting.
You made your film debut with Rajjo !
How was it working with an actress like Kangana Ranaut?
It was indeed a great experience working with Kangana who is an experienced actor. I felt that it was very easy for me to market myself after working with Kangana, because she made me comfortable though I should also confess at the same time that she was not over friendly.
Currently I am working on myself and go to the gym every day as I want to put on a little weight, though I am quite happy with my body. After all it is a glamorous industry and I have to be very attractive & sexy besides looking stunning through my body.
How comfortable will you be when it comes to exposing or wearing bikini in a film?
If it is a Mahesh Bhatt venture and a film with say Emraan Hashmi I can shed my clothes, I am ready to appear in a two piece bikini or indulge in lip locks. I know for a fact that I can easily carry myself on the screen, like VIdya Balan was very comfortable in ‘The Dirty Picture’ even though she was quite fat.
Is acting something that comes to you naturally or do you feel the need to prepare and work hard on it?
A bit of both! I research my roles, but don’t like to rehearse my performance as that’s something I simply can’t do. An actor should be comfortable doing any character or scene convincingly. I’m generally cautious while Intimate scenes as I feel that they have to be shot aesthetically.
Are you doing varied roles and different genres to widen your audiences?
I don’t do variety of episodic shows for people but for myself. I don’t do TV for other people and it’s the other way around. I take up only roles which I enjoy doing.
Who are your favourite directors?
Among the filmmakers I want to work with are Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Prakash Jha, besides Aditya Chopra.
I have recently shot a very big national campaign for PM Narendra Modi’s great vision ‘Pradhanmantri Surakshit Matritv Abhiyan’, a show on Colors channel which is being produced by Shashi Sumeet called ‘Dil Ki Baatein Dil Hi Jaane’ is in the offing. I am also in talks with Rajshri for a serial and one for Balaji called ‘Pardesh.’