Nushrratt Bharuccha, known for playing glamorous roles like Chiku, Neha and Sweety among others, impressed the audience and critics likewise as she tried something new for Netflix anthology Ajeeb Daastaan's short film Khilauna. Nushrratt played the role of a maid named Minal in the most natural manner in Raj Mehta's Khilauna. Her dialect was fantastic and body language perfect. However, some comments on the internet suggested the actress was too pretty to play the role of a 'bayi'.
Talking about the same, Nushrratt, in an exclusive interview with PeepingMoon, revealed she lost a big international film because of this notion. The actress said, "I lost a very big film internationally because they said I am too pretty to look like someone from the slums and I was like 'Oh, okay' but you know what I mean, I don't think from that point of view. It’s almost like I’m starting this journey and I don’t know where it’s going to land up. How can you ever know? How can you think from a destination point of view when you don’t even know where the destination is? So, I can’t think like that. I feel like I’ll do a large disservice to the whole film and being an actor if I start thinking that if it’ll work or not."
The actress feels her primary validation comes when the audience and critics praise her performance. She added, "I feel like there are a lot of people who are supposed to do that - the producer, the director, the writers - they’re the ones who create this. I’m old trying to bring life to their creation. So it’s not really my job to think about that fact if it’ll be accepted or not. If it’s not accepted, the audience will let us know once it releases. I don’t work like that. I do it because I enjoy it and the makers have faith in me. I find it very rewarding when their faith is re-instilled. When you all say that I did a good job, I’m really proud that they’re going to hear it and be satisfied and think that it was right to get her. My validation primarily comes from that."
Raj Mehta’s Khilauna is an unexpected tale of the scary class distinction in India. The short film is based on how a house help Minal (Nushrratt Bharuccha) manages to keep her seven-year-old sister Bini (Inayat Verma) happy despite living a poor life in the world of riches. Minal along with her partner Sushil (Abhishek Banerjee) dreams of smashing societal differences between the rich and the poor but faces life-threatening consequences because of her younger sister Bini.