Weeks after having shot her first comedy in Pondicherry Esha Deol is still laughing ….all the way to the brink.
Her character of a loud brassy talkative café owner in producer Kumar Mangat's comedy 123 (helmed by the talented sitcom director of Office Office Ahswini Dheer) was never meant to be region-specific.
"But them Ashwini heard me chattering away in Tamil with my mother who had come visiting me in Pondicherry. He loved the cute intonations and loud-and-soft dips 'n' curves in our language."
That's when Esha's character in 123 turned Tamilian.
"It's my first attempt at comedy. Though I've been part of comedy films like No Entry, I've never done the funny stuff. It was great fun going over-the-top, specially the portions where I had to speak my mother tongue."
Esha has spoken Tamil on screen before. "That's right. In the Tamil version of Mani Rathnam's Yuva. But that was a different style of Tamil-spoken by the Iyer community—from what we speak at home which is the Iyenger Tamil.
So that was tough. The Tamil in 123 was a cakewalk. They loved my aiyyos and appas so much that they've decided to use them as a voice-over in the promos," Esha is delighted by her side-splitting lingo opportunity.
Back home she has just shot an ad for a water purifier with her mom Hema Malini and sister Ahana.
And Esha can't stop raving about her sister.
"She's such a natural before the camera, she beats me hollow. I'm so proud of her. But Ahana doesn't want to act.
How did she agree to do this ad? Well, for one it required the three of us to do the things we normally do, like strike Bharat Natyam poses together. And secondly nobody, not even Ahana, says no to my mother."
Esha is currently enjoying a state of nirvanic holiday. "I've no assignments on hand after 123.And I'm happy to wait for the right offers."
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