Bollywood actress Rekha Rana revelling in praise for her breakout role, beauty of B.C. visit (with video)

Published: April 26, 2013
Rekha Rana

Bollywood actress Rekha Rana took time out after the Times of India Film Awards in Vancouver, B.C., to chat with Vancouver Desi about her new film. Jenelle Schneider/PNG

 

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

Of the more than 100 Bollywood stars who came to Vancouver for the Times of India Film Awards, up and coming starlet, Rekha Rana, was one of the few who extended her stay to don a tourist cap.

In the week following the April 4th to 6th awards weekend, Rana explored British Columbia with a walk over the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a ride on Whistler’s Peak 2 Peak gondala, a full day in Victoria and, of course, a stroll along Vancouver’s trademark shopping strip, Robson Street.

“It’s a beautiful city,” Rana told Vancouver Desi from her downtown hotel room before she returned to India last week. “The people here are so polite, they are so full of manners.”

But her extended stay wasn’t all fun and games — she was also promoting her latest film by Kumar Raj,” Tara: The Journey of Love and Passion,” which was officially released at the end of April.

The film follows Rana in the title role as Tara, a gypsy girl who realizes the reality and darkness in her village of Tanda, 300 kilometres outside of busy Mumbai. As a result, she tries to lead the villagers to survival, but is only faced with prejudice and cast away from the village.

“It’s a story about each and every woman in India or any woman in the world,” said Rana. “How she takes decisions, and how she leaves everything and how she stands for the right things… she is an ordinary woman, but (it’s about) how she survives in an extraordinary situation.”

Regularly a theatre actress, her role in the breakthrough Bollywood film is “very close” to her heart because of the message that comes with it, she said.

“Everyone says India is the next superpower,” said Rana. “When you see Mumbai you will see all the lavishness and you will see richness and everything is there, but as soon as you go, you know 200 to 300 km away … then you will see poverty, hunger, death, thirst, no electricity — so we are trying to show that.”

Rana equated the film to the likes of “Slumdog Millionaire” and how it illustrates the realities of India.

“In this movie we are trying to show a different area of people who … live in India,” she said.

Although the village people don’t live the extravagant life of those in Mumbai, Rana learned a lot from working with them.

“They are the most colourful people that I have ever come across,” she said. “They have nothing, but still they are so happy.”

Rana, who has acted in more than 75 theatre shows, was named best debut actress at the 2013 Jaipur International Film Festival for her role as Tara.

“The jury was, like, Oscar winning producers, national award winning directors, producers and some producers from Hollywood,” she said excitedly. “And they all selected me as a best debut actress — it’s a big thing for me really.”

“(Now) I want more awards — so maybe next year I need a TOIFA or a FilmFare (award),” she said with a laugh.

 

 

lcahute@theprovince.com
twitter.com/larissacahute


Tags: , , , , ,





Featured

racism

UK Pakistani community outraged as racism fears prevented officials from reporting child sex abuse cases

SYLVIA HUI THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ROTHERHAM, England – Members of Britain’s Pakistani community reacted with outrage Wednesday amid reports that officials failed to act on…
Continue Reading »

India web

India unveils dot Bharat domain name

IANS New Delhi – Telecommunications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday unveiled the dot Bharat domain name, an official statement said here. Most of…
Continue Reading »

Whale tourism

Whale tourism affecting marine animals’ behaviour

IANS London – Boat trips to watch whales and dolphins may increasingly put the survival of marine mammals at risk, conservationists have warned. The jaunts…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

PRV0826-SOCIETYEVICTED_217653098

City of Vancouver gives multicultural society the boot

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI The Vancouver Multicultural Society’s 40th anniversary celebrations have hit a major snag after the city issued the group notice of eviction…
Continue Reading »

Mystic India: The World Tour takes the PNE stage Tuesday and runs until Sept. 1. Submitted photo.

Bollywood dance group Mystic India takes stage at PNE for one week only

VANCOUVER DESI Internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance troupe Mystic India will be transporting Vancouver audiences overseas as it takes the PNE stage for one week only….
Continue Reading »

File photo: King George Skytrain Station in Surrey on August 20, 2013. City councillor Barinder Rasode has scheduled a telephone town hall to discuss the city's transit issues. Wayne Leidenfrost/ PNG

Surrey politician schedules telephone town hall session on transportation issues

VANCOUVER DESI Surrey city councillor and potential mayoral candidate Barinder Rasode is holding a telephone town hall to address the city’s ongoing transportation problems. “Residents…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

india

Indian minister refers to Dec. 16 fatal gang rape as “small incident” that hurt tourism

IANS New Delhi  – An Indian minister is embroiled in controversy after he referred to Delhi’s fatal Dec. 16 gang rape as a “small incident”…
Continue Reading »

common krait

Man bites, kills poisonous snake slithering towards him in bed

VANCOUVER DESI In a shocking incident, an Indian man bit and killed a venomous snake in his bed, according to the Daily Telegraph. Rai Singh, from…
Continue Reading »

teen music video

Vancouver teen’s music video gets over 300k views in less than a week

VANCOUVER DESI Vancouver teen and aspiring musician Sid Bhullar has released his third music video online  – and within one week he’s already surpassed 300,000…
Continue Reading »

Unruly passenger tied to his seat

Drunk Air India passenger tied to his seat on flight after attacking people onboard, tearing clothes of two pursers

VANCOUVER DESI An Air India passenger, who went wild after a few drinks and allegedly tore the clothes of two pursers and bit some fellow…
Continue Reading »

Const. Ian MacDonald says: ‘You don’t want to see anybody carted away in an ambulance over this, and that is a very real possibility. Ric Ernst/PNG

‘It’s pride getting in the way’: Feuding Indo-Canadian youth factions worry Abbotsford cops (w/ video)

JENNIFER SALTMAN  VANCOUVER DESI  No one really knows how the conflict started. According to a number of people who are involved, in February one person…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Actress Alia Bhatt attends the Highway premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Zoo Palast on February 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.Clemens Bilan/Getty Images

After becoming the butt of all jokes, Alia Bhatt joins in with viral video ‘Genius of the Year’

IANS Mumbai  – After she became the butt of all Internet jokes for incorrectly naming India’s president on Karan Johar’s chat show, Alia Bhatt has…
Continue Reading »

Indian Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra poses for a photograph during the final night of the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festival 2014 in Mumbai on late August 24, 2014. STRSTRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

Priyanka Chopra not interested in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

IANS Mumbai — Bollywood sweetheart Priyanka Chopra has been nominated by many to take up the ALS ice bucket challenge – but she has openly…
Continue Reading »

Indian Bollywood actress Dia Mirza Khan showcases a creation by designer Vikram Phadnis in collaboration with Nakkashi during the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festival 2014 in Mumbai on August 24, 2014. STRSTRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

Dia Mirza unveils musical short film B for Braille

IANS Mumbai — Actor-filmmaker Dia Mirza Monday unveiled B for Braille, a musical short film that aims at promoting Braille literacy in the country, and…
Continue Reading »