‘I’m an actor of the world’


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Comment(s) The movie follows the journey of a street magician of Mumbai as he goes to Paris to find his estranged father. I love to welcome different cultures and people. I prefer this to taking a taxi or driving a car,” she says. When in Paris, she often cycles to her destination. The reason behind such openness possibly lies in the fact that she was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and that at the age of three, her parents, filmmaker Miguel Bejo and mother Silvia, a lawyer, came to France with their family to escape the Dirty War. They are often mean yet lovable and helpful. “The characters in these movies are very real. This training though was not as intense as The Artist demanded. “I don’t consider myself to be just a French actor. Advertising

Bérénice Bejo in a scene with Dhanush in the film. “I don’t think about it. I also love the way the movie deals with the issue of immigrants,” she says. The actor, who earlier in her career found popularity in spy comedies such as OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006), says that she loves Italian movies of the ’50s-’60s. I am still part of the five Oscars that the movie won, including Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Director,” says the actor. The movie is based on the book The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe written by French author Romain Puertolas. The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir is similar to that. At times, this can be daunting too. Though the actor is based in Paris, after her international breakthrough performance in The Artist, she has appeared in several European films such as German-Italian Three Peaks (2017) and Italian Sweet Dreams (2016). She does not want to take up too many acting assignment as she doesn’t “want to leave them with nannies”. As one of the top French actors today, Bajo lives life on her own terms. Taking up such assignments demands a lot of energy. The trick to make the audience connect to your dance is to have fun,” says the actor, who hopes to visit India one day. I’m not used to this kind of dancing. When I was shooting in Vietnam for Eternity (2016), people did not understand English or Spanish. Yet, you end up learning so much,” says the actor, who is currently working on an Italian movie. I often decline roles if they appear similar to what I have done already,” she says. I loved being challenged and it was a great experience,” says the 42-year-old actor, who is doing a cameo in Ken Scott’s The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir that releases on Friday. Always open to acting in different language movies, she says, “As long as the script appeals to me and I agree with the director’s approach, I’m open to working in movies from different countries and cultures,” she says, in a telephonic conversation. “For The Artist, I trained for six months. Bejo will once again team up with her husband for The Lost Prince, which is about a single father and his seven-year-old daughter. I am an actor of the world. She also played the lead in Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s The Past (2013), which fetched her the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress. My daughter was born by then and I had so much love in my life. Married to director Michel Hazanavicius, who directed The Artist, she is mother to Lucien and Gloria. “When I read a script and it could be any story, I try to find the connection. Advertising

“Before we shot the song, I rehearsed the number for three weeks. Does she regret that despite playing the lead in The Artist along with actor Jean Dujardin, she was nominated in Actress in a Supporting Role category for the Academy award? While accepting a role, Bejo lets the script talk to her. “It is easier to cycle around in Paris.