Ajay Devgn’s Raid released yesterday with mixed reviews from the critics and the audience. Ajay essays the role of an Income Tax Officer while Ileana D’Cruz plays the role of his wife. In an interaction with a leading Indian daily, Ileana spoke about how she was approached for the movie. She said, “Ajay had informed me about this film while we were promoting Baadshaho. On the very first day of Baadshaho’s promotion, he took me aside and told me about a role in Raid. He also added that the role is a good one but not a lengthy one. He requested me to listen to the script and then take a decision. No matter how big the star is in a film, if the content is not great, it’s definitely not going to work. Content matters and this film had that.”
Speaking about her character in the film, she said, “Malini is very spunky and says what she has to and she is an equal to her husband and that says a lot considering the film is rooted in early 80s. There are certain dialogues of mine in the film which are very cool and I cannot divulge them now as I am afraid that censor board might ask us to edit them. As far as roles are concerned, I would not want to do a role that anyone can do.”
“I have not really played an actual person on the screen except for maybe some film that were based on certain people. I would like to keep the idea of fiction attached to it. I have the leeway of just focusing and relying on my writer and putting my own mind to it. I try not to overthink and not to do research and take other’s perception,” added Ileana.
Ileana further mentioned that she enjoyed playing the negative role in Baadshaho. “It’s really nice when its unexpected and playing a character that was manipulative was lots of fun. In fact, I cried when I finished the film. Thankfully, times have changed when a typical negative person does not wear red lipstick and red nail polish, and smokes cigarette. It needs to be well-written and should be more intellectually bad as opposed to visually bad,” said the actress.