Yami Gautam, walked the ramp at the Blenders Pride Magical Nights for designer Rina Dhaka at the Conrad Hotel in Bengaluru. The actor of the Vicky Donor movie fame, who got recognition for her role as an intelligence agent in the recent Bollywood hit Uri-The Surgical Strike, spoke to RITZ Magazine in a candid interview post the show.
BY NAMITA GUPTA
How did Uri come about?
I’m glad it came my way and I remember when I read the script, I wanted to finish it quickly. It was the fastest read that I had and when I met Aditya Dhar who is the writer-director of the film, he was very clear about what he wants and was extremely passionate about the film. He said that I want to make a film which not just the audience loves, but even the army is proud of. When that sentiment goes into the making of a film, I thought I was fortunate to be a part of it. Every film brings its own challenges and this one had to. The notion about having fun on set and pulling a prank is over rated. When you know you’re working selflessly and seriously, that’s a special feeling and you know that all your co actors will help you when required and watch out for you. Everyone has embraced it worldwide and have made Uri their own film and I’m very grateful for that.
You’ve done movies in all the south Indian languages. Any difference you found in acting in the south compared to Hindi cinema?
I wasn’t an established star when I acted in movies in the south, but I’ve done a few movies in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. The most obvious difference is the language difference. As an actor it’s difficult to creatively improvise if you don’t know the language. One feels a little held up, but I can never forget the first ever time I saw myself on big screen was in a Kannada film, so it was special. I was only ten months old in the industry and Ganesh is one of the finest actors in Sandalwood and told me that he was in the industry for ten years at the time I acted with him. He’s a simple guy but a fine actor. I’ve worked in one film in each language and I feel that language shouldn’t be a barrier for acting. If there’s a script I would like to be a part of or a director I really want to work with, then I would love to do more films in the south.
When you’re not acting, what do you like to do?
I love dancing and listening to music. I love reading on flights. I switch between watching something on Netflix and reading. I’ve come back to reading and I’m enjoying it.
What’s your style statement?
Since we’re working every day, we are in the costume our character demands and when we are not, the whole idea is to let your real personality come out, which is very basic, simple, comfortable and easy. I like joggers, athleisure and night suits.
How have your trips to Bengaluru been like?
I’ve come here before, but they’re always very quick trips, so I just know that the drive from the airport to the hotels is green and beautiful, but the traffic kills us, but the people are beautiful and the weather is amazing. I also love the food here. Bengaluru has always welcomed me with warmth.
Do you have a message for women on Women’s Day?
Expressing your choices in the most true and honest sense. Freedom of expression, what you want to do you and understanding your duties at the same time. Women are inherently more giving. Feminism is not about being brash and attacking the other gender, but about reaching out to each other and supporting. We should do something to reach out to the women at the grassroot level.
If there was any other name you would like to have, what would it be, besides Yami?
Would you like to comment on your association with Blenders Pride?
My journey in Bollywood has been about unconventional choices and roles I really believed in. I take immense pride in making it on my own in the industry, without any support system. Therefore, I am thrilled to be associated with Blenders Pride Magical Nights to celebrate pride this year through their theme My Style My Pride.