Bollywood is fun, not work!
Who’s that girl? Have you seen her before? No? Well, she was one among many foreigners parading around the likes of Akshay Kumar and John Abraham in a few masala movies over the past few years.
Farah Hamed was until recently just an ‘extra’
in Bollywood. But the nobody in Mumbai was the toast
She was the leading lady of the gritty Spanish road movie Return to Hansala, which picked up the Golden Pyramid for the Best Film at the 32nd Cairo International Film Festival last month.
When Farah took the stage in a dazzling red gown to accept the award along with the film’s director Chus Gutiérrez during the glittering closing ceremony at the Cairo Opera House, it was impossible to imagine that she was the one dancing in the background in many a Bollywood movie.
Farah grew up in
“That makes the film really special because I
am related to the countries and I know how it works there,” she told t2 on the
boat carrying her across the
Farah’s a trained actress having studied drama
“Oh, I love Bollywood!” she laughed. “I had watched quite a few films before I visited Mumbai. So when I got an opportunity to be part of a few films, I agreed.”
Farah wasn’t too keen to name the films she was an ‘extra’ in, but after some coaxing she admitted to bit roles in Jaan-e-Mann and Baabul. “It was fun… not that I had to do too much.... It was nice to see the Bollywood stars at work. Like Akshay Kumar, I remember, would always have girls around him! John (Abraham) was very popular with the ladies as well.”
But is a return to Bollywood on the cards after after earning international acclaim as an actress? “I don’t mind… One is work, the other is fun!” laughed Farah.
We got the drift — on the
PRATIM D. GUPTA