As critics rave about her performance in ‘One Night Stand’, we catch up with Nyra Banerjee on her Bollywood debut, turning Assistant Director for ‘Azhar’ and Kannada film ‘Tiger’
After her impressive debut with ‘Savaari 2’ in Sandalwood, Nyra Banerjee has signed her second film ‘Tiger’, directed by Nanda Kishore. It’s a plot featuring a tussle between God and ghost. “My role is in total contrast to my debut film, in which I was seen as a bank manager. It was more like a matured woman who falls in love with a cop, but in ‘Tiger’, I come across as a girl who is more circumspect and cautious about everything. I’m really lucky to be part of the project directed by Nanda Kishore. He is amazing. He knows exactly when to cut the scene and it has been a learning experience for me. Also, my stint as an AD also helped me as an actor to understand what emotions he wants. True to the title, the film has action-packed episodes, gripping narration and ensemble cast. I’m looking forward to the release,” says a visibly excited Nyra.
Her portrayal of Simran in her latest release in Bollywood ‘One Night Stand’, directed by Jasmine D’Souza, is getting rave reviews. “I’m thrilled with the response I’ve been getting for my role. In the film, I’m a homemaker by choice although I’m extremely intelligent and independent. Since I become a victim of infidelity, my role was able to touch the audience, especially married women. I shot for a steamy scene (for the first time), for which I was drunk because I did not have the guts to do (smiles). It was still difficult to do the intimate scene since there were se veral people around but I’ve managed to complete it,” she says.
Nyra recently turned an AD (Assistant Director) for Bollywood film ‘Azhar’, in which she assisted the film’s director Tony D’Souza. “To better understand what filmmakers vision – ranging from expressions, body language and how he thinks, I decided to go behind the camera. Secondly, we shoot in various complex outdoor locations, so naturally, the camera is very far, and we have no idea about the frame. But an AD knows exactly how the frame would be and which lenses and camera angles are being used for such scenes. I wanted to know such nuances ,” she reiterates, adding, “I bonded big time with the former Indian cricket captain Azharuddin on the sets in London. He was actively involved during the making and used to share his experiences with Emran Hashmi.”
Ask the actress why she chose the biopic for an AD, she replies, “The film’s director is a good friend of mine. I’m starring in his wife Jasmine D’Souza’s directorial ‘One Night Stand’. So I asked him whether I can assist the direction team and he readily agreed.”
The Bengali beauty, with time, has come to enjoy South Indian cuisine as well. “Initially, I craved for home-cooked food but now I indulge a lot in sambar, rasam, appam, bisi bele bath,” she giggles.
She has learnt Hindustani classical music and ghazals and used to sing children’s songs in my grown up years. Does she have any plans of taking up a singing career? “I have not been singing much lately as I have not had the opportunity. Even today, my mother keeps pushing me to go back to singing. I will when I get the right offer.”
At leisure, the pretty actress dreams to publish the short stories penned by her mom. “I do hang out with friends but no night outs for me,” she signs off.