Nimrat Kaur on THE LUNCHBOX and HOMELAND

Nimrat Kaur became a star overnight courtesy her hit film with actor Irrfan Khan ‘The Lunchbox’ last year which wowed the audience and the critics alike. But the actress, who is currently shooting for American series ‘Homeland’, says that she wasn’t craving for international stardom, but that seems to be her calling and destiny. What’s more, she also says that she refused umpteen roles in searching for “something right” post the release of ‘The Lunchbox’ last year.

“’The Lunchbox’ was released a year ago. I shot for it two years ago. So basically, I did my last film two years back. It was a long wait, yes. But it isn’t as if I was smugly waiting for a big international project to fall into my lap after ‘The Lunchbox’,” Nimrat said.

The actress said that post the success of her film she sadly got scripts with similar roles of that of a lonely suburban wife which she had to reject. The actress said, “I must have said no to nearly 450 scripts in two years. It wasn’t as if I was being fussy. But nothing seemed right for me.” And as it was destined, Nimrat was selected for the popular TV series. But the actress says that she was chosen after auditioning for it rather than on the basis of her performance in the film! “I auditioned for ‘Homeland’ and then moved on. There was no plan to sit and wait for another potentially global project to fall into my lap,” she said. “Things don’t work that way over here. I had to audition for the part and was chosen on the basis of the audition and not because they liked my work in ‘The Lunchbox’,” she added.

Nimrat is playing the role of a Pakistani ISI agent in ‘Homeland’ but says that she hardly gets time to prepare for it. “We are not given a chance to rehearse. No homework works because the scenes and lines are given when we reach the location,” she said.

Comparing the method of working in Bollywood and in the US TV series Nimrat says that she finds it to be distracting. Describing her experience of working in ‘Homeland’ so far, Nimrat said, “We did repeated sessions of rehearsals for ‘The Lunchbox’. I kept working on my character and her lines until they became a part of me. Here, while shooting for ‘Homeland’, it’s like being on a constant roller-coaster. One never knows what lies in store.”

“It is exciting, a completely different experience from ‘The Lunchbox’. I am in this for at least seven episodes. It was meant to be less earlier and has now been increased. So who knows, my role in the series may be increased even further,” she added.

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