No qualms about playing mother: Debutante Shira Gaarg

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Chennai, March 17 (IANS) Debutante Shira Gaarg finds it no big deal if an actress starts her career in a mother’s role. She says she didn’t mind playing the mother of a five-year old in upcoming Tamil thriller “Baby”.

“I think it doesn’t matter anymore if you start your career by playing a mother’s role. Going by the current trend, nobody is going to say that ‘Because you played a mother in your first film, you’re only fit for such roles’. I don’t think it will stop offers from coming,” Shira told IANS.

“The reason I took up the mother’s role is because it was screaming out lot of scope for performance. In fact, I can proudly say my role is much stronger than any other person’s in the film. It gave me ample space to perform,” she said.

Talking more about the role, Shira said “rarely do newcomers get such roles”.

“I was really pleased with the confidence the director had in me. I’m not sure if it was his instinct or something special that he saw in me but I’m really thankful to the scope he gave me in my first film,” said Shira, who is a corporate trainer by profession, and is paired with actor Manoj Bharathi in the movie.

It was through a photographer friend that she landed an opportunity to work in “Baby”.

“I have a lot of photographer friends. And one such friend keeps getting calls from directors who are on the lookout for newcomers. He introduced me to the film’s director Suresh. We discussed the film and everything else subsequently fell in place,” she said.

Director D. Suresh is the former associate of filmmaker Balaji Shaktivel.

The film, which went on floors towards the end of 2013, was completed last year. It’s currently in its post-production phase.

It was predominantly shot in Bangalore, while some portions were filmed in Sholingur.

Shira has already been approached for a project each in Tamil and Telugu, but she’s yet to sign on the dotted line.

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