In conversation with Farnaz Shetty

TV actor, Farnaz Shetty, is looking forward to her Hindi film debut, Battalion 609, which will release this Friday. “I am playing a very fun-loving rustic character called Bjjli, paired opposite Sparsh Sharma (Fugly fame).

The film also stars fellow TV actor, Shoaib Ibrahim. “He has become quite famous these days, especially with wifey Dipika reaching the Bigg Boss finale.”

Ask whether this army film will have a chance especially when it is pitted against surgical strike flick, Uri, and she says, “Well, both our films are as different as chalk and cheese. While ours is a positive film, which also has India-Pakistan cricket thrown in, the latter is a darker film. All said and done, nothing can be said for sure, as it would all boil to what the audience will like in the coming weekend.”

Besides Battalion 609, Farnaz has two more Hindi films up her sleeve. “The first film is ready, and Interestingly, my cameo appearance in the second was extended after seeing my performance. I can reveal details about both only after getting the green signal from the makers.”

Apart from Hindi films, Farnaz who began her lead TV career with Waaris, is also waiting for her maiden south film to release. “I really enjoyed my stint with this love story, but it was hard work having to mug up the Telegu lines for the lip sync to go well. To be honest, I have a small role in Battalion 609 as my romantic track here is just one part of this army drama; while this regional flick shot in Kashmir totally revolves around me.”

Ask her about the popular notion that south flicks are over-the-top and she replies, “Well, it depends on project to project; even Singham was loud.”

Ask her about her &TV show, Siddhivinayak, now coming to end, and she says, “I really enjoyed working with this Prashant Bhatt production, for they kept the buzz about the show alive. The biggest challenge was to enter someone else’s shoes (Neha Saxena), but I am glad I walked the talk.”

“I think we are bowing out at the right time with very good ratings, rather than waiting for them to falter.”

Looking ahead, she says, “I would now want to take a few months break to further polish my skills. I will take a call on future projects post that. I am game for juicy projects per se; medium is secondary.”

We wish you all the best for Battalion 609 and your upcoming Telegu film.

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