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FTII student Shirin Guha on her Bollywood debut, co-actor Ranvir Singh's chivalry and her bonding with Sonakshi Sinha

For the last five years, Shirin Guha has dabbled in theatre, script writing and even journalism. This Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) graduate has added another feather in her cap with her Bollywood debut -- Vikramaditya Motwane's Lootera. "Sometimes, parts of your life just fall into place," she says with a smile, adding, "Last year, around October, I got a call from one of my seniors who was assisting the casting director of Lootera. I went for the audition and was selected," she says.

Guha passed out from the FTII in 2011. Hailing from the small town of Ichapur, in West Bengal, she is also a first class degree holder in Drama (Honours) from the Rabindra Bharti University. "Lootera had a requirement for the character of a Bengali girl. After two auditions in November, I was finalised for the role," she adds.

Lootera also stars Ranvir Singh, Sonakshi Sinha and Divya Dutta. The movie is being co-produced by Balaji Telefilms and Phantom, the production house of Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena. A major portion of the film was shot in West Bengal. "We had a blast shooting there. On the very first day, when I met Sonakshi (Sinha), I asked her to convey my regards to my senior. When she didn't understand what I was saying, I explained to her that her father was our senior at FTII. We bonded over that very first conversation," she says.

The shooting for the film began in late January and Guha's scenes were wrapped up by March. While she is bound by contract to not divulge details about her role, she talks of her shooting experience instead. "I enjoyed playing pranks on Sonakshi. I would spook her. The old house that we were shooting at, in Purulia district, was quite eerie. Every day, I would tell her horror stories of how we had heard noises in the dead of the night. She would get really scared," Guha laughs.

Guha is all praise for co-actor Ranvir Singh. She says, "He is such a gentleman. There was this one time when the car had not come to pick me up for the shoot. Ranvir dropped me to the sets himself." There are a few other projects coming her way but "it's too premature to talk about them," she says, adding, "Right now, we are all excited about Lootera which will release by the end of the year."

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