“Kangana and I have spoken about our karmic connection. We both did a film called ‘Rascals’ two years ago and we both felt like fish out of water. The film was an agonising experience for both of us. And now we’re both feeling a sense of triumph and euphoria after ‘Queen’. It’s amazing,” said Lisa who was tired of doing item numbers in revealing clothes.
Lisa has been getting a terrific response to her portrayal of a Bohemian single mother in ‘Queen’ and feels that Vikas was god-sent. “It was god-sent. Vikas came in with the free-spirited Vijay Laxmi’s part at a time when I had reached a dead end in my movie career. Doing item numbers in revealing clothes was not what I was cut out to do. I realised I was not cut out to be a conventional Bollywood heroine. After ‘Rascals’ I thought I was not going to last over here. Adding hair-extensions, false eyelashes and other accessories and dancing with the heroes to a raunchy beat was just not me,” said Lisa.
She confesses that her role was tailored from the time she came on board, as the director wanted her character to be as close as possible to her personality. “We were very clear from the start on that. And yet when Vikas offered Vijay Laxmi to me, I knew there was something about this girl that would make her very special. Vikas had written Vijay Laxmi’s character in one way. But when he met me, he added strokes to the character, made her closer to the way I was, so that I could embrace her as though I knew her all my life,” said Lisa. And how wonderfully well they got that!