Sanya Malhotra: Playing real-life character starts with acing the look

Updated: Oct 04, 2019, 12:52 IST | Mohar Basu | Mumbai

Sanya Malhotra shares her on-screen avatar of Shakuntala Devi's daughter Anupama Banerji in Vidya Balan-fronted film on the math genius

Sanya Malhotra
Sanya Malhotra

"I hardly straighten my hair," says Sanya Malhotra, whose latest role requires her to sit in the make-up room as her hairdresser turns her lustrous curls, poker-straight. The actor is currently shooting for the Shakuntala Devi biopic, directed by Anu Menon, in London. If Vidya Balan plays the math genius, Malhotra slips into the role of Anupama Banerji, Devi's daughter.

Anupama Banerji

She reveals that she has thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating her look, modelled on Banerji. "I believe hair, makeup and costume play an important part in an actor's attempt to portray their roles. Playing real-life characters start with acing the look. Even for Dangal [2016], I had to cut my hair short to look like Babita [Phogat]."

Here's the new look shared by Sanya Malhotra as Anupama Devi on social media. Sanya is seemingly excited about doing this film, which releases in summer 2020.

Isn't Sanya looking cute in these fringes?

Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan

The actor met Banerji in the Queen's city before the film went on floors. "We discussed the relationship she shared with her mother. I also did some readings with Anu and Vidya before the first schedule."

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