Mahie Gill is seduction personified as she has been doing some sensuous scenes in two of her forthcoming films-Saheb Biwi aur Gangster and Not a Love Story. Though she may look inhibition-free, she reveals that it was not something that came naturally to her when she made a transition from Punjabi to Bollywood cinema.
“I didn’t quite know how and where to start actually”, says Mahie had her struggle period before landing a plum role in Dev D that made her famous overnight, “I met many people out here in Mumbai and everyone had a different point of view. Some suggested that since I was from Punjab, I should maintain my individuality and hence wear salwar-kameez while visiting filmmakers and actors. I too thought that chalo theek hai, let it be since I am also quite comfortable with that attire.”
The lady however says that wearing salwar-kameez proved to be counterproductive for Mahie because it was odd meeting people from the glamor world in a demure, ethnic attire. She says, “I met all sort of weird people and there was this one producer who point blank said to me – ‘Mahie, tumhe chote kapde pehne chahiye agar industry mein kaam karna hai’ (If you want to be in the industry then you should wear short clothes). I won’t say that I was shocked but then yes, I wasn’t too comfortable with the way this conversation was going”, confesses Mahie who reveals that she left soon after the meeting
Though she did not change her attire overnight, Mahie understood the demands of her characters and the films that she was in and decided to model her according to them. “Everyone goes through a struggle period; I too went through it. In fact I would say that I am still struggling. But it’s fine because I feel instances like these that make you stronger. To think of it, these were some of the reasons why I could further relate to the character of Maria that I am playing in Not A Love Story. I could well understand what she must have gone through in real life as a struggling actress”.
In Saheb, Biwi aur Ghulam, Mahie has a few steamy scenes and a long kissing scene with Randeep Hoonda while there are quite a few intimate scenes between Dilp Dobriyal and her in Not a Love Story. Ram Gopal Varma, the director, who has no qualms shooting steamy scenes, surprisingly left the room during those intimate scenes because he felt uncomfortable seeing them. Mahie said, “”Ramuji was very apologetic about the love making sequences…I had to reassure him it was fine. I am surprised to know this side of Ramu sir, he is actually a quiet, withdrawn and shy person.”