Sayani Gupta is a gritty and critically-acclaimed actor who straddles several creative boats at the same time. Her repertoire is beyond impressive; she plays a blind girl in Margarita, With A Straw with Kalki Koechlin, pregnant woman in Jolly LLB 2 with Akshay Kumar, and, most shockingly, transforms into a 14-year-old in Jagga Jasoos. Clearly nothing that this on-screen chameleon can’t portray!
Even as she tries on our Spring pieces, she changes with each outfit from a dancing flower-child to a smouldering star to a classic Bengali beauty. We shot her at the beautiful, sunlit Lavaash by Saby, an Armenian-Bengali cuisine restaurant in Mehrauli, New Delhi.
I love Bengali films. I can rewatch Satyajit Ray’s Goopy and Bagha series (1969) over and over tirelessly. Closer (2004) is also another one of my favourites.
I rarely see myself in other people’s work. That said, I’d have loved to play Natalie Portman’s character in Black Swan (2010).
I’m surrounded by incredibly talented, supportive and down-to-earth people like Kalki Koechlin, Radhika Apte, Vinay Pathak, Shweta Tripathi, Vicky Kaushal and many more. In fact, Radhika and I often joke about how we’re always considered and approached for the same roles!
Ways of Seeing by John Berger.
‘Rafu’ from Tumhari Sulu (2017).
I usually love Cate Blanchett’s parts. The two characters she played in Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) being my favourite. I also love Khaleesi from Game of Thrones.
I love going to cinemas any chance I get. I’m a sucker for the big screen fantasy world. Though I’m creating a lot of digital content that I absolutely love, the romance of cinema is an eternal love affair.
Margarita, With A Straw (2014) was my big break and is very close to my heart but I think I enjoyed playing Hina in Jolly LLB 2 (2017) the most. Also, working alongside Shah Rukh Khan in Fan (2016) was such a joy!
I was on a road trip across Taiwan with a friend when I found myself on the edge of the Pacific Ocean one morning watching the sunrise all alone with no other living creature in sight, and it was absolutely magical.
2017 was such a terrible year for everyone around the world. I hope 2018 makes up for it. As Tagore says it in one of his songs, life swings between sadness and happiness, I just hope to keep my chin up and make this year a good one!
Photography: ANAND GOGOI
Hair and Make-up: AAKRITI KOCHAR
Location Courtesy: LAVAASH BY SABY, NEW DELHI