Soha Ali Khan whose 31st October will be released on October 7 says she did not use any make-up and tried to look real.
The 38-year-old actress says the film has been released outside India and got a good response. The Rang De Basanti actress felt frustrated as it took the time to release the film here.
“When you make a film you want it to release as people have invested in it. So, when it takes time, it doesn’t feel good. I was certainly concerned about the film. Our producer was fighting with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), so, it took time,” she said.
“The film was supposed to release last year. The good thing is that the film is finally releasing; better late than never. The story has not lost relevance because of the time it took,” she said.
The actress said she does not believe in censorship. “I am happy the film has taken time (to release) as there are only nine incidental cuts out of the 40 suggested initially”.
The film also features Vir Das and based on how a family fights against the odds to survive the carnage inflicted on Sikhs after the assassination of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
When asked about the film riding on her and Vir’s shoulders, Soha said, “I have never seen (it) as a factor of worry. It’s a responsibility certainly. Sometimes people see the film on the basis of the popularity of the actor. I have no illusion about my popularity.”
“I think there are people who are also interested in content than hero or heroine. I feel the promo of the film tells the story. People will go to see the film on the basis of the promo and not because of my face,” she said.
“I think the audience is mature enough to know what films to watch, according to choice. I don’t think the audience will get violent after seeing violence in a film or assassinate anyone. I don’t believe in censorship,” she said.
Her mother, former actress Sharmila Tagore, headed the censor board for a long time.
The drama-thriller, produced by Harry Sachdeva and directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil, is set for October 7 release. “The 1984 riots are the backdrop of the story, but even if you are not born in that period it’s ok as the story of (film) is about a family and their struggle to survive. Like Mani Ratnam’s ‘Bombay’ had a backdrop, but it’s about how a family survives.”
The overwhelming response for 31st October at international film festivals has made Soha hopeful that Indian audience will enjoy the film. “People have responded well to the film. We know we have made a good film and now we are able to share it with the audience. I have great hopes from the film,” she said. – CINEWS