Mouni Roy is set to appear opposite John Abraham in the upcoming film Romeo Akbar Walter. She was seen last year in Akshay Kumar’s Gold where she played the romantic interest. She has also recently signed Brahmastra, Bole Chudiya and Made in China. Masala! caught up with this multi-talented star to talk about all this and more.
Her Wikipedia page suggested that her parents were theatre artists. So I began asking Mouni about her parents’ influence on her. She immediately tells me that all that information is wrong. “No, no, my parents weren’t theatre artists like that. Like all Bengali girls, we all grow up learning singing and dancing. My grandfather, of course, Chandra Shekhar Roy, was a noted theatre artist but not my parents. I’ve been very privileged to be exposed to singing and dancing which is an integral part of Bengali culture.”
Mouni rose to fame through her hit series Naagin which was one of the television’s most watched shows. She is one of those rare tv artists in India who transitioned successfully onto the big screen. Does she ever wish to go back to television and try that for a change? “You can want and wish and think and dream about what you want,” says the Gold actress. “But things happen the way they happen. And right now, I’ve been very grateful as to how they’ve taken place.”
When asked about her future plans, apart from acting, she replies, “I don’t do very well mulling about the future. I’m fine in the present and I’ve spent 11 years in the industry and each day I’ve only paid attention to the present. I do want to write though,” she says with conviction. “I have lots of stories in my head. But then again. An unwritten story is an unwritten story. Someday, I’d like to write a book or a script about all the ideas I have in my head.”
Speaking about her role in Romeo Akbar Walter, Mouni said, “I play a simple girl who works a bank. My character very integral to the story for which you would have to watch the film.”
Romeo Akbar Walter releases on April 5th. What other films has Mouni signed? “Apart from Romeo Akbar Walter,” she says, “I’ve signed Made in China which is going to release soon. I’m also starring in Brahmastra.”
The big news about Mouni that made headlines was that she was playing the villain in Karan Johar’s Brahmastra. “Yes,” she affirms. “I’m the antagonist. That’s all I’m at liberty to say at the moment.”
Her next project that she is set to start shooting after a few months is opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui. ‘Bole Chudiya’ and is a “full masala film” according to Mouni. “It is essentially a love story,” she says.
The year is looking good for Mouni but what would be dream role that she would want to play on the silver screen? “My dream role! Aah. It would be to play an Indian classical dancer!” she says excitedly. “A Moulin Rouge sort of a Broadway musical set in India, about Indian classical dance. That would be my dream role.”