exclusive by Devansh Patel
What's Mugdha Godse got that Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Celina Jaitley and Dia Mirza want? It seems the hottest role any Bollywood celebrity can win right now is to appear in a glamorous film based on the fashion industry directed by India's National Award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar. One of India's top models, Mugdha has been getting the Press, the exposure, the lifestyle, the men...(if she found one) and more importantly, the money - all the goodies usually reserved for celebrities. But come October 29, all this might just not matter as she needs to prove in her debut film that like her above contemporaries she too can act. Will her catwalk from the ramp to tinseltown be steady? Will she be another model who can or cannot act? and will Fashion prove that Madhur Bhandarkar has indeed found a diamond called Mugdha Godse? Bollywood Hungama's London correspondent Devansh Patel finds out the answers and much more from the new fashion diva. It's ramp-age time!!
Wow, what a discovery. You think Madhur has found a diamond?
(laughs) Madhur Sir has definitely found a diamond. Yeah, I am really glad that I'm a part of Fashion in a huge way. But I guess, I have to give credit to myself also because it does take a lot to stand in front of Kangana and Priyanka. So I just hope that I manage to do that. So far so good.
It must've been a lot easier to act as a model in your debut film as you are a model by profession too?
It does sound good and easy from your end and you do get a psychological support but it's not a piece of cake. My character is nothing close to what I am in my real life. Not the kind of a person nor a model. So it's a completely different journey I'm playing in a film. So for me it was different. Acting and modelling are two different genres all together. In Fashion I'm not a ramp model and a regular model like what I'm off screen.
So what is Mugdha Godse in real life?
Mugdha Godse is a very very simple girl. She is a bit shy also and not at all classy and I'm being frank here. I'm very bohemian and hippy by nature. Mugdha is a middle class girl which Janet is not in the film. I am chilled out too.
No wonder the chilled out girl is getting the chills already?
Yes, I am getting the chills right now and can't wait for Fashion to release this Diwali.
Tell us a bit more about Janet, the role you play in the film.
Janet has a heart of a gold and she is not a highly successful model. It's a journey of a character and how she helps other people. Few incidents happen in her life and she has to take some important decisions that leads to a few things. Fashion is an emotional journey for Janet. She is bold, outgoing and an outspoken girl. Her language is completely different and she has been in the fashion world for quite long to know what happens in front and behind the scenes.
Being a real life model, did you give a tip to your senior co-actor Kangana on ramp walking and what actually happens in the world of fashion?
Not as such because she is a really good actress. She did not need any tips but she did used to ask me a few times as to what we used to do after the fashion show gets over and all. We used to have a little discussion but I never gave tips to Kangana. I mean, Priyanka is a senior to me in modelling. So I guess she should be the right person to take tips from.
So Miss Mugdha, any trips or falls on the ramp while filming?
(laughs) No. I haven't fallen off the ramp but on the ramp. And believe me it's very normal. I've done thousands of fashion shows on slippery stages, so thses things are bound to happen once in everyone's career as a model.
Madhur is known for his realistic take on his films. Are there any controversial scenes in the film?
I don't want to become the culprit by giving an asnwer to your question. The best person to ask this question to is Madhur Sir. Yeah, but if can wait for two more weeks, you'll find your answer.
Who is your favourite fashion designer?
Actually there are many designers who I like but I'll name a few for you. My favourite is Gavin Miguel who has designed our clothes in Fashion. Then I like Manish Arora and Manish Malhotra. Malhotra is the best in Indian outfits. Then Rohit Bal ofcourse. Without him, the fashion industry is nothing. Even Wendel Rodericks outfits are very feminine. I love to wear them.
So what exactly does Mugdha Godse wear off screen?
You will always find me in my comfortable dresses, my harem pants and a vest or in my shorts when I'm at home chilling. But when I go out you'll see me very dressed up.
Any female models who've inspired you a lot in your modelling career?
I am a very big fan of my close friend and a model Jessi Randhawa. I've seen her ever since I've entered the fashion world. Even Nina Manuel who has got a fantastic skin. There are very few models in India who've got their own personalities and carry them off very well. I forgot another name here of Carol Gracias. They all are my friends but I used to look up to them when I started off in my modelling career as they've all been here for almost a decade and I'm only five years old.
Are your friends doing a cameo in Fashion?
Jessi Randhawa has done one ramp show in Fashion and then Aanchal Kumar who is a good friend has also done a couple of ramp shows in the film.
Let's talk about the opposite sex here. Any male models you've looked up to?
(laughs) I think my last favourite male models were Arjun Rampal and Milind Soman. I have a lot of male model friends but none are hotter than the two I just mentioned to you. Kuch maza nahin aaya baaki sab mein (kaughs).
'In the Fashion world, you have to give up much more than just your morals'. That's the tag line of the film. Can you elaborate a bit more?
Everyone thinks that the film is going to show all the casting couch stories, wardrobe malfunctions, etc. This is what you feel when you hear or see the tag line of the film. But it's all about the emotional journey. When you talk about morals, you talk about how you supress your emotions and anger. I believe in creating my own moral rather than having it.
After the film, do we call you a better model or a better actress?
I think a better actress, after you see the film. I can now call myself a veteran in modelling because I've spent half a decade. Acting is something new I've tried and it's worked wonders for me, thanks to Madhur Sir. I'm enjoying it right now and concentrate there more and...
And quit modelling?
I wouldn't say quit. 'Quit' is not the right word but modelling will always be there as that's given me the name what I am today in the entertainment world. Yes, I won't be able to give that much time as I used to give before in modelling. But today you see film personalities walking the ramp and doing ad-campaigns, etc. So anything is possible.
Any other offers you've got besides Fashion?
There are a few offers which I've got. I have signed a deal with Percept Picture Company for their next film. I'm reading scripts everyday and if something clicks, then I'll definitely do it.
What Madhur Bhandarkar's way of working?
Madhur Sir can make any man or a woman act. He made me realise that I can act. When I met him first, I told him, "I can't act because I've never really acted in my life". He confidently said, "Don't worry. Leave it up to me and just listen to me". He opened the right pores and put the right colours in my bottle and I discovered myself as a good actress. I am very thankful to him and I hope that Fashion does as well as Madhur Sir's previous award winning films.
How much of a physical change did you have to bring about in your role?
Because I've been a model, I was in a proper shape. I didn't have to work on my body but just maintain it. But in the future, if any role demands me to put weight, I'll do that and that's how an actor should be like.
Now the readers await some of the exclusive Fashion tips from Mugdha Godse herself. Come on, give us some fashion tips.
(laughs) I don't think any overseas readers require Fashion tips. You are from London and Londoners do not need any tips because they are very fashionable people but all I can tell them is - Just be comfortable in what you're wearing and try experimenting things. Wear your attitude and walk, it'll create your own fashion.
Are you afraid of the screen space you'll get in Fashion after it's release? I mean, you're a debutant and the film rests heavily on Priyanka's shoulders.
Once you see the film you'll come to know that. If I can create an impact with one close up in a one minute promo, I'm sure a few scenes in the film will only make it better. There are going to be hundreds of eyes in the cinema hall. So if you're good, you'll get recognised.
Anything exclusive you'd like to mention about Fashion which I've left out on?
I think everything is exclusive for me when it comes to Fashion my film. But I'd like to say that I've had a wonderful experience working with this team. All my co-actors were wonderful and I think I created two beautiful friends the minute I entered the industry - Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut. We talk very often now. And lastly, a big thank you to Madhur Sir for giving me this oppurtunity.
A critic reviews films. But Fashion will have two such critics. One from the film world and the other from the fashion world. Are you prepared for it?
When a person like Madhur Bhandarkar makes a film, it's his perception and take on a particular subject. So there are going to be people who are going to criticise and there will also be ones who are going to love the film. The definition of perfection is decided by individuals and not by critics.