Nimrat Kaur: I haven’t consciously stayed away from Bollywood films”

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Nimrat Kaur worked hard for her role as Chief Minister Bimla Devi “Bimmo” Choudhary in ‘Dasvi’. She played Abhishek Bachchan’s wife in the movie and for her role she piled on 15 kgs. The reason she added on the pounds she says, is because she wanted to be as dissimilar to Nimrat as possible for her role.

This was Nimrat Kaur’s appearance in a Bollywood movie, after 6 years. She was last seen in the 2016 Akshay Kumar starrer, ‘Airlift’. Speaking about her absence from Bollywood, the actress said that she wishes she had spent more time in the Hindi Film Industry.

For the uninitiated, Nimrat Kaur has a successful career in Hollywood with several movie and TV shows under her kitty.

Speaking about her absence from Bollywood, as reported by HT, Nimrat Kaur said, “I wish I could have chased my last Hindi project way quicker with a new project. But that’s something you can’t control, especially me, because I work abroad, too. Straight after Airlift, I went abroad to do a television show called Wayward Pines, which took six months.”

Between projects Nimrat worked in a Hindi web series, which was titled, ‘The Test Case’, then she once again set off to Hollywood to star in eighth season of the popular TV series, ‘Homeland’.

The actress said that for her it was important that her projects in Bollywood matched up to her first ever Bollywood project, the highly acclaimed movie, ‘The Lunchbox’, which released in 2013. The movie is noted for both hers and the late actor Irrfan Khan’s stellar performance and chemistry especially since the actors never once share screen space throughout the movie.

She added that ‘The Lunchbox’ made her very picky about her Bollywood projects. She added, “You want to work much more, but things don’t fall into place or you don’t get the kind of project that you want to do. There are a host of variables that you can’t control. I tend to not worry about things that are beyond me, and thankfully, that’s a part of my nature.”

The 40-year-old opened up about the long break from Bollywood and stated, “I haven’t consciously stayed away from Bollywood films. I genuinely wanted to work on more projects.” When she is asked if she was worried that the Indian audience would forget her, the ‘Homeland’ star said, “I’ve enough faith and belief that whichever project I take up in any part of the world, no matter how much time it takes, there will always be a space in the audience’s mind for me. I hear things like ‘they want to see more of me’, and that’s very encouraging. It’s the ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ kind of thing.”

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