What sets The Rising apart from other films?
Iâ€™ve always played a glam singing-dancing Bollywood heroine. Gadar, of course, was the exception. But The Rising goes a step further. I think Iâ€™ve really taken a panga by playing a widow in The Rising. Thatâ€™s something not many young actors would do. Iâ€™m completely without make-up and jewellery. Iâ€™ve also never played a Bengali girl before.
Did Aamir Khan give you any acting tips?
Actually, it was Aamir who suggested I go without make-up. I was hesitant but he and director Ketan Mehta assured me my unadulterated beauty would shine more without the pancake. I remember on the first day of the shoot, I did touch up a little but Aamir was like, â€˜Amisha, go and wash your faceâ€™. Iâ€™m so glad I listened to him because now my look is being talked about. Aamir also asked me to read White Mughals by William Dalrymple. I got interesting insights about an Indian in love with an Anglo-Indian from the book.
How was Toby Stephens as a co-star?
Toby is a jaan and a sweetheart. Weâ€™ve become good friends and keep in touch off and on.
He has a good sense of humour and is very helpful. Once I had a toothache and he gave me his own Bon Gella. I hope you know Iâ€™m the first Bollywood heroine to romance a Hollywood hero.
But why are you missing from the promos?
Now theyâ€™ve started showing glimpses of me and Toby. You see, I donâ€™t have any songs, so they canâ€™t include me in the song promos.
You share an affinity with period films, donâ€™t you?
I love watching them and acting in them. I think period films are lucky for me after Gadar. If I had my way, Iâ€™d make sure all my films were period films.
Name your two favourite period films.
Umrao Jaan and Mughal-e-Azam
How are things in your personal life?
Iâ€™ve always been at peace in my personal life. But this is not something I want to talk about.
Are you and Adnan Sami an item?
Those are all rumours. But like I said itâ€™s not the right time to talk about this.