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‘I don’t need to shed clothes to play a serious lawyer,’ says Paoli Dam about her second Bhatt act after the dare-bare Hate Story

Paoli Dam is set to shift focus from body to mind in her second Bolly outing — Ankur Arora Medical Case, produced by Vikram Bhatt and directed by Suhail Tatari. This is “completely different” from her Bolly debut Hate Story where she played a dare-bare girl out for revenge.

Kay Kay

“In Ankur Arora Medical Case, I play a serious, no-nonsense lawyer and obviously it’s very, very different from my character in Hate Story. In fact, the two films are very different,” Paoli told t2 over phone from Mumbai where she is camping for the pre-production.

Her co-stars are Kay Kay Menon, who plays a doctor, and Arjun Luck By Chance Mathur, who plays a junior doctor. “I fight a case against Kay Kay after one of his patient’s dies. You can say that the film is a courtroom drama. We will shoot the court sequences in Kamalistan studio from next week,” said Paoli.

And do we see her walk the body talk once again after Hate Story? “No, no. Hate Story had a bold subject and my character was such that I had to be bold to play the character. But in this film I play a lawyer and I am required to be serious, committed to my job and that is to seek the truth at any cost. I don’t need to shed clothes to play a lawyer! Besides I will sport a very simple look, unlike Hate Story where I had a glamourous look throughout. Plus, I am not paired opposite anyone in the film....”

Arjun Mathur

But getting to work with Kay Kay must be a high? “I am very excited to share screen space with Kay Kay, he is a fine actor and I’m sure I will get to learn a lot from him. Arjun has done a lot of films and I’ve heard he is a good actor. Tisca Chopra also plays an important part in the film....”

This will be her second Bhatt film despite Hate Story not being a box-office winner. “Vikram (Bhatt) told me that he is happy with the returns of Hate Story and that’s why he has offered me another film where I have a lot of scope for performance,” said Paoli who will be back in Calcutta in the first week of October for Birsa Dasgupta’s spooky comedy Obhishopto Nighty, where she plays a bar crooner.

“I have a very interesting role in Obhishopto Nighty for which I have taken out four-five days in October. I want to be in Calcutta during Durga Puja. I have asked Vikram to give me at least a three-day break.”