She is the singer for the one of India’s favorite bands Shaa’ir + func and now Monica Dogra is taking the artist in her on a different path with her debut as an actress in Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat. Her character Shai is an NRI from New York on a sabbatical in Mumbai. She meets both Aamir Khan’s Arun and Prateik Babbar’s Munna and how their relationships develop is part of what makes up the story of Dhobi Ghat. About casting Monica, director Rao said, “When we tested Monica what was really great about her was that she really was the character. She fit the role like a glove. She turned out to be a really strong actor. I think largely because she, being a singer and performer herself, is very in tune with herself.” Check out what Monica told us about her role, about working with Prateik and Aamir and about the shooting of the film on the streets of Mumbai plus so much more!
Tell us about being cast in Dhobi Ghat.
Being cast in Dhobi Ghat was a complete and utter surprise.