Assamese actress Urmila Mahanta is elated to work with globally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi in his new project ‘Beyond the Clouds’.
Urmila, who was born and brought up in Sonapur, has already established herself in the tinsel town with her commendable work in Hindi and South Indian films over the last several years.
In ‘Beyond the Clouds’, she plays the important role of a nurse. “This is something which I never imagined in my wildest dreams. It’s just awesome to be in the unit. He is one of my all-time favorite directors,” an excited Urmila said.
Known for his masterpieces like ‘Children of Heaven’ and ‘The Color of Paradise’, ‘Beyond the Clouds’ is Majidi’s first project in India. The film also marks the debut of Shahid Kapoor’s brother, Ishaan Khatter, and also features Malayalam actor Malavika Mohanan.
“Majidi is a very precise director. He neither compromises with scenes nor with performances. He makes his actors evoke the emotions of audience through subtle expression, which touches your heart. I have seen him minimising dialogues often. It’s completely opposite to Bollywood where we talk a lot,” added Urmila, an alumni of Film and Television Institute of India.
For her, it is a learning experience on the sets everyday. “He doesn’t want actors, he wants characters. He doesn’t want star or stardom. You won’t believe he made it a point to pick up two characters from the streets of Mumbai – one young girl and one old woman through Honey Irani – his casting director in India,” said Urmila, who has done critically acclaimed roles, including Tamil crime thriller ‘Vazhakku Enn 18/9’ and Hindi film ‘Ballad of Rustom’. The shooting of the film is now being done in Rajasthan, after the Mumbai schedule wrapped up.