Actor Surveen Chawla, who made a mark with the 2014 erotic thriller Hate Story 2, says she’s not here to get typecast and tries to take up different roles. “After Hate Story 2, I didn’t want to pick up anything that would probably validate or authenticate what people perceive me to be or the role I portray,” she says. The 32-year-old actor who was recently seen in filmmaker Leena Yadav’s thought provoking film Parched (2016) asserts,
“It’s really sad that people put an actor in a box and then think of him/her as somebody who can pull off such roles. But I am never going to do that. I don’t want to repeat the kind of roles that I have done.” Elaborating further on her choice of roles, she adds, “I am very bored of using the word ‘bold’ because I don’t know its connotations and I don’t understand how people define this term.
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So I’d say I want to do roles that are honest, real and of course brave. I can’t be doing so-called women centric bold roles, which will turn out to be sleazy and erotic.” Not many would know but Surveen finished filming for Parched even before Hate Story 2 released, so it’s technically wrong to stereotype as someone who does ‘bold’ roles.
“Parched had a really long journey, as it first made noise worldwide at international film festivals and later released in India. But honestly, I never looked at it in a way that the end result of me doing a film like this will change the perception that people have about me,” she clarifies urging that people should stop calling it women centric film as we don’t call other movies male-centric. “It’s a great time for newer and relevant content to be made in films. The weighing scale has tilted the other way and we must continue that.” Over the years that Surveen has worked in films in different languages, she says she cannot keep her personal and professional growth detached. “Whatever you believe in your personal life, you are going to attract similar kind of work for your evolution. I think these are brave roles to do because they are talking about those sections of the society that somewhere lacks voice,” she says.