Gauri Kulkarni, tipped for the top in Bollywood, has been thrilled with the international reception for her movie Frozen. Made two years ago, when it first appeared at the London International Film Festival, this bleak but remarkable film about an isolated community in the Himalayas, made in black-and-white, has only recently had a limited release in Mumbai. The film also stars Danny Denzongpa.
“I have got some great reviews for my performance,” says Gauri. “Not only in India but all over the world where I have travelled with the film for different festivals”
And how did she cope with the endless cold of life high in the Himalayas? “We went to Ladakh one month prior to the shoot to get accustomed to the climate, Ladakhi dialect, their customs & way of life,” she explains. “Dressing up in those rich Ladakhi costumes was an absolute delight.”
Being a Psychology graduate has helped to give Gauri some real insight into characters as an actress. To what else does she attribute the complexity of her performance in Frozen? “I would say my ardent fondness towards travelling. Exploring distinct cultures whereby I’ve interacted with communities has taught me a lot in life. I also read a lot of fiction and autobiographical works which has helped to increase my knowledge about worldly matters.”