Soha understands media now

MUMBAI: Madhur Bhandarkar saw Nishikant Kamath’s Mumbai Meri Jaan and he’s blown away by Soha Ali Khan’s performance. “Every actor is fantastic. But Soha is a revelation,” says Madhur.

Soha is very proud of her new film. “I was surrounded by powerhouse actors like Paresh Rawal, KayKay Menon, Irrfan, Madhavan. I was the least experienced of the lot. And I was apprehensive.”

Soha plays a television journalist. “At one point I wanted to be a journalist. Then I was at the receiving end. Now after playing a TV journalist in Mumbai Meri Jaan, I’m more sympathetic towards the media’s job. I understand why they need to ask uncomfortable questions. Of course I still won’t answer personal questions. But I understand the journalist has a right to ask what s/he wants to.”

Soha didn’t need to do too much research to play the journalist. “My job brings me into daily contact with the media. And I watch the news closely. Recently, when we had 23 bomb attacks in 24 hours, I watched the full coverage. There’s too much of desensitised, lurid, sensational coverage on television. I play one of those hard-nosed TRP-driven journalists. I play a journalist who forgets that during those times, the people being interviewed are human. Then I undergo a crisis and change.”