Good things will come after 'Midnight's Children': Shahana

Shahana Goswami

Actress Shahana Goswami, who has a significant role in Deepa Mehta's 'Midnight's Children', is confident that her international debut will bring her many more good roles in future.

The actress, who shot to fame with 'Rock On', plays the role of Amina, mother of the protagonist Saleem Sinai in Mehta's adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Booker prize-winning book. The film premiered at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival recently.

With a screenplay by Rushdie himself, the story follows an Indian family over four generations and India's historic turning points.

"It's the biggest film I've done so far. 'Midnight's Children' should give a big fillip to my career. I always wanted to work with Deepa. And there is also a lot of anticipation, especially as there are many fans of the much loved, remarkable book, so there will be a bigger audience," Goswami said on the sidelines of the festival.

Dressed in a sheer, flamboyant red saree at the photo call for the film at the festival, Goswami could not hide her excitement.

"It is my second film at Toronto after Nandita Das' Firaaq," she said.

Goswami has also bagged another international project in 'Vara: The Blessing', directed by Khyentse Norbu, Bhutanese director who earlier directed 'The Cup'. The film is in English, and based on the short story by Sunil Gangopadhyay.

"I play the protagonist, a tomboyish girl born to a devdasi. The film is about her life journey, losing her innocence through the harsh realities of life -- with a parallel world evoking her love for Krishna."

The 26-year-old actress says she is more confident now and has become picky after these two films.

"I know good things will come. It's a good time to be an actress, with roles being written that allow you more scope to reinvent yourself. There's also a lot of international work of different ethnicities coming to Indian actors, which give you a worldwide audience."

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