‘I have always been open to different kind of roles'

Debarati Palit Singh
Monday, 29 April 2019

While promoting Setters, which releases on May 3, Sonnalli Seygall talks about her experience of working in a thriller for the first time

After playing glamourous roles, Sonnalli Seygall will be seen playing a serious and intense character in Ashwini Chaudhary’s Setters. The crime thriller highlights the examination scandal in Indian education system. Is she trying to break away from the glamourous image? The Pyaar Ka Punchnama actress, while promoting the film, says, “I didn’t go looking out for the film so that I can break that image. I have always been open to different kind of roles and I have refused many glamourous ones because I didn’t wanted to repeat the same thing that I have done before. I want to do a particular role only if it excites me and not just for the heck of it. That’s the reason there has been some gaps.” She adds that when a script comes along offering her a “non-glamourous” character, that too as a female character in authority, she jumps onboard. “The character in Setters was one such script. I secretly hoped I got to play that character,” says the actress who was last seen in High Jack. 

Sonalli plays a cyber cell expert in the film, sharing the screen with Shreyas Talpade, Aftab Shivdasani, Vijay Raaz, Pavan Malhotra, Ishita Dutta and others.

 “The whole industry (examination scam) uses a lot technology. New gadgets are being used so that students can cheat easily, so you need to have cyber experts who can get into this. I am one of the those people who help dig deeper into the scam,” she says. 

The actress says that before signing the film she hardly had any idea about the scam. “My knowledge was very superficial. I only knew about kids cheating, papers getting leaked and so on. But I didn’t know how deep the whole scam is. As I started working on the film, I got to know more about it and was left shocked. Ashwini and our producers had done in depth research so it was easier for us to get access to that information,” she says. She adds she had forgotten about such cases that she read about in the news earlier, but with this film, everything will come back into the limelight. 

Ask her how much interest does she have about incidents happening in the education system in the country and she says, “I take in as much as news as provided to me by the media. I have never gone looking for any particular piece of news, but after this film I am taking a lot of interest. When it comes to the scam in the education system, there has been few reports here and there but there never has been staunch reporting on it. There are 2000 cases on this but not all are reported in the media.” 
Sonalli says working in the film has been interesting for her because she has never worked in a thriller before. Ask her about her experience working with the ensemble cast and she says that most of her scenes were with Aftab, and there were very few scenes with Shreyas. “The energy on the set was very interesting because it’s a serious film. I had to channelise my energy and feed on their energy. All the actors were sincere, so it was easy not to get distracted and stay focused.”

The actress will be next seen in the comedy Jai Mummy Di, set to release in July. “I’m really excited about the film because it’s my first solo lead and I am yet again sharing screen with Sunny Singh. The kind of reaction that our pairing has recieved is very exciting,” she says.

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