Meera Chopra, who is Priyanka Chopra’s cousin and the star of 1920 London, talks about her beliefs in the supernatural and working with Sharman Joshi.
1920 deals with black magic and exorcism. Do you believe in them?
I have heard a lot about black magic and I am intrigued. I have not seen anything with my own eyes but I feel it does exist. There is no smoke without a fire. However, I won’t believe it wholeheartedly till I witness it. Believe me, one of my dreams is to experience something supernatural. Because we hear stories about this from childhood but we don’t get to experience it.
This is your second Bollywood film after Gang Of Ghosts. As a star from the South how do you choose your Hindi projects?
This was the first Bollywood movie that I had signed. I had already done a lot of movies in the South and I had set some criteria about the kind of movie I wanted to do. I had made up my mind that I wanted to play a strong role, and the film should a good producer and director.
When Vikram Bhatt offered me this script, one thing was clear -- the girl is driving the movie. Also, Vikram has been a successful producer and a writer and I was working opposite Sharman Joshi whom I had always looked up to. I had seen his movie, seen his work. So there was no reason for which I could say no to this movie.
In 1920 London we have upped the horror element a lot from the first two parts.
This is your second movie with Sharman. So how was your experience?
Sharman always had the quality of being a serious actor and so I was a little intimidated in the beginning. But I learnt a lot from him. He is also a chilled-out friend; I can be myself with him, I can say whatever I want, do whatever I want ... he does not judge. In this industry, people judge you for every small thing but Sharman is not like that.
Do you think the remix of the classic song ‘Gumnaam hai koi’ has done justice to the original?
Yes. The song is a cult horror song. When I got to know that the song ‘Gumnaam’ has been incorporated into the movie. I was very excited because there are very few such songs which define horror or justify horror.