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Moving to Phillums! Kavita Kaushik

Chandramukhi Chautala has become a household name, somebody who is equally popular among men, women and children. Yes, we are talking of the lady cop with a Haryanvi accent in the popular television serial “F.I.R.”. Kavita Kaushik was int roduced to television by none other than Ekta Kapoor, who picked her while on a talent hunt tour of Delhi.

Though she has acted in many serials such as “Kutumb”, “Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki”, “Kumkum” and “CID”, she has made a lasting impression only as inspector Chandramukhi Chautala. The talented girl is now moving on to the big screen with a film opposite John Abraham. Screen size doesn’t matter for her, as she says, “role is the most important thing for her.”

Excerpts from an interview:

Despite being a non-Haryanvi, how did you manage to perform your role in “F.I.R.”?

A. Yes, I am not from Haryana, I was born and brought up in Delhi. A lot of people ask me this question that whether I have received any formal training for this accent. I have learnt it from my father who was a cop with the CRPF. He is also from Delhi but he used to talk to his fellow cops in this accent and as a kid I observed him. This is how I got the training!

You are doing a movie now, are you shifting towards the big screen?

A. I am doing a movie named “Phillum City” with John Abraham which is directed by the co-founder of UTV, Deven Khote. It’s a crazy script but at the same time very touching. I am playing the role of a bubbly girl who runs a beauty parlour. The shooting of the film will be completed within two-three months. I have no expectations from my role or you can say I do not care, but I have great expectations from the film.

How was the experience of working with an established star like John Abraham?

When John saw me he said, “Oh! you are the girl, who plays the role of a cop. I really like your acting and watch the serial whenever I get time.” This was a big compliment for me. On the sets he never made me think as if I am working with such a star. He is really very helpful, humble, sweet and a down to earth guy and of course a director’s actor. I really enjoyed working with him and never felt uncomfortable.

There is news that you turned down the offer for “One Two Three”, where you were expected to play a cop?

I was indeed offered this film. I had to portray the character of a Haryanvi cop which I was already doing on television and did not want to copy that role and get stereotyped in the image of a Haryanvi. That is why I said no. Ultimately Neetu Chandra played that role.

Now you will be training newcomers at the Gurukul Acting Academy. How will you find time?

I am just an actor not the Prime Minister that I cannot manage things! I am sure that I will be able to find time for teaching and sharing acting tips with wannabe actors. I have given a good thought before saying yes to the academy .

S.M. AAMIR

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