Rajeev Khandelwal,Gauahar Khan bring Friday fever to Noida[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
It's commonly known that a change in season gives rise tofever. But this one wasn't due to the season - actors Rajeev Khandelwal and Gauahar Khan, along with former Bond girlCaterina Murino, were in Noida to promote their upcoming film, 'Fever'. The trio, along with director Rajeev Jhaveri, interacted with Noidawallahs at a city mall on Friday.
A 'fiery' welcome to Noida
The team had a fiery welcome in Noida, quite literally! "We were at a radio station before this and there was fire. The fire alarms started blaring, so we had to leave," Rajeev said.
Was daunting working with international stars: Rajeev Khandelwal
The film introduces two international stars to Bollywood - British actress Gemma Atkinson and Italian actress Caterina Murino, who are making their Hindi film debut with Fever. On being asked how it was working with international stars, Rajeev said, "It was daunting for me before they came on the set. It was all in my mind, because you think and wonder how they work and what approach they take to acting, or if they would gel with our style of working. But the first scene we did together was when I realized that things would run smoothly, and I had no reason to worry. Whether we felt international or they felt desi is a question I haven't yet thought about."
Gauahar said she regrets not having more scenes with the international stars. "I had one scene with Gemma, and even though Hindi is not her language, she emoted so beautifully. I could completely believe that she knew what she was saying. With Caterina, I was like, 'Why don't I have a scene with her?' I was so jealous of Rajeev about this," she said.
Caterina Murino, who plays the female lead in the movie, has worked in French and Italian cinema, apart from her role as a Bond girl in 'Casino Royale' a decade ago. Although she is excited about having worked in a Hindi film, since the film was shot entirely in Switzerland, she feels she missed out on shooting in India. "It is my first Bollywood movie and, of course, not shooting in India was a shame. I was apprehensive about working with actors from another part of the world, from a different culture. But in my experience, acting is acting. Human beings everywhere are the same, and as actors, it is our job to create a believable character on screen. So it was different, but not difficult. I will always have Bollywood in my heart." When asked if she managed to learn any Hindi while shooting, Caterina just gave a cryptic smile and said, "You will see when you watch the film."