Aucklander Shirley Setia is thrilled to bits about her first massive Bollywood movie releasing in New Zealand cinemas right now, Friday, June 17.
As soon as described as one among New Zealand’s largest worldwide artists, Setia, 26, is the lead feminine actor within the action-comedy Bollywood flick Nikamma.
Whereas Setia’s first movie was Maska in 2020, on Netflix, Nikamma is getting all the eye from Bollywood followers and film buffs.
Speaking this week to Auckland’s Radio Tarana, the place she as soon as labored as a presenter, Setia stated whereas Maska was a film for the OTT platform (excessive), Covid lockdowns didn’t assist.
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“There’s been extra discuss and hype about Nikamma as a result of this can be a Bollywood movie,” Setia stated from Mumbai, the place she is now primarily based.
“The primary movie I did was made for the OTT platform, it launched on Netflix, however I feel it lagged behind in promotions as a result of, sadly, it actually launched when Covid lockdowns occurred in India.”
“Perhaps that is why it isn’t talked about as a lot as Nikamma, nevertheless it feels good there’s a hype, and there’s extra chit chat about this movie as a result of we labored so laborious in it.”
Setia, who was born in India and raised in Auckland, stated she was glad the makers of Nikamma determined to maintain it a theatrical launch somewhat than the OTT platform.
“It additionally took a very long time to finish, and all of the credit score goes to Sabbir Khan (director) and Sony Footage to maintain the movie a theatrical launch.”
Setia, whose dad and mom reside in Auckland the place her father is a businessman, stated being within the movie, and capturing for Nikamma was a dream come true.
“Capturing was very fulfilling, I’ve all the time dreamed of being a part of a Bollywood movie and do cute romantic movies and comedies – this movie has a little bit of every little thing in it, so it was very fulfilling.”
Nikamma stars Abhimanyu Dassani because the lead male actor, and likewise Bollywood veteran Shilpa Shetty, who’s making a comeback after a break.
“Working with Abhimanyu and Shilpa was wonderful, the Lucknow schedule was a lot enjoyable, we had a lot scrumptious meals like Lucknow biryani, kebab, so it was very fulfilling,” Setia stated.
“Experiencing Lucknow metropolis was so refreshing. As a singer we go to locations, carry out and are available away subsequent day, however this was so totally different and fulfilling.”
Setia stated, as a newcomer within the business, working with Shilpa Shetty was a studying expertise from knowledgeable.
“Working with Shipa was very nice, she is the actual definition of a powerful girl who can be a mom, a powerful mom, she’s so caring, so disciplined in her lifestyle, so energetic, I learnt a lot from her.
“She was so candy to me on the set, she wouldn’t solely care about her personal efficiency, but additionally about mine, so her suggestions was actually useful in lifting my efficiency as a newcomer.”
In Nikamma, Setia performs Natasha, a cheerful, extrovert younger woman who falls in love with Dassani, and makes it her purpose to marry him, even proposes to him.
A College of Auckland graduate, Setia first bought seen when she took half in a contest performed by Indian music large T-Collection in 2016.
Her successful YouTube entry was recorded in her bed room whereas she was carrying pyjamas – incomes her the nickname “Pyjama popstar”.
Setia is now a daily on the Indian music scene and has carried out with a few of the largest stars within the business. As of January 2021, she had 3.71 million subscribers on YouTube with 308m views.
She has already signed up for her subsequent movie – Krishna Vrinda Vihari – within the Telugu movie business, reverse Naga Shaurya.
- Play the audio to take heed to the complete interview with Radio Tarana’s Pawan Rekha