Amrita Rao: I want to play something dark and different onscreen

Amrita Rao: I want to play something dark and different onscreen

“I have been doing a lot of reading after ‘Thackeray’ but I have to mention that most of the roles I am offered so far, is something I have already done. And honestly, I do not want to repeat myself as a performer,” Amrita added.

In This Image: Amrita Rao
“I am looking forward to playing something grey, something that is real, nuanced and where the audience can discover a new Amrita,” added the actress, who received the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for the bilingual film Thackeray.


She essayed the role of Meena Tai Thackeray in the biopic of late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

She essayed the role of Meena Tai Thackeray in the biopic of late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

In This Image: Amrita Rao
“It is easy to typecast and offer me a role which they (filmmakers) have already seen me in. But I am kicked about playing a role in a thriller. I want to play something dark and different. Being an ardent follower of thrillers and strong story-driven films, I have a desire to work with two filmmakers now — Sriram Raghavan and Ritesh Batra,” she said.


However, the “Vivah” star believes the trend of typecasting is going away.

In This Image: Amrita Rao
“In the last few years, experimental, strong stories have done so well in the business as compared to formula films with stereotypical characters, that filmmakers are bound to invest in well-written stories. Perhaps that is why this is the golden time for storyteller and performers,” said the actress. Having started her career in 2002 in Bollywood with Ab Ke Baras, Amrita later appeared in films like Ishq Vishq, Main Hoon Na, Vivah and Welcome to Sajjanpur. She accepted the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for Thackeray on Sunday.



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