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‘Murder Mubarak was a no-brainer for me’

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Actress Amaara Sangam, who is currently seen in the Netflix show Murder Mubarak, gets candid with The Pioneer about getting onboard, preps for the same, and more.
K. Ramya Sree
She is an actor with a purpose, and an entrepreneur by choice. In fact, in order to help fellow actors, she also came up with The Acting Biz. Well, we are talking about Amaara Sangam, who was introduced to the Telugu audience with the web show Rudra, also starring Raashi Khanna, originally a Hindi show but later dubbed into Telugu as well.
The actress, who is now bagging some meaty roles in her career, spoke to The Pioneer, and shared some insights about being a part of the recently released Murder Mubarak, starring the popular Vijay Verma and Sara Ali Khan in lead roles, and also expressed her wish to soon make her debut in the South film industry. So without any further ado, we connect with the actress, as she begins, “I mean, it was a no-brainer for me because the minute I was told it’s a Maddock film directed by Homi sir, I was hooked. He has such a stylised yet real way of storytelling that his characters are rarely two-dimensional. And when I learned it was a thriller, I knew he would make each character beautifully meaty and interesting in some way or the other to intrigue the audience. The role of Minu was unpredictable for me, as when I got the audition, I didn’t know the entire story. And I realised that was how curious the audience would feel as well. Minu is this young girl working as a barista in the elite Delhi club where the story is set. Homi sir, encouraged me to add character nuances. You’ll often see her blowing her nose and crying about things. To the extent that I improvised things in a scene, both Pankaj sir and Homi sir complimented me and made it a character nuance. I hope it’s equally memorable for audiences, but it was a special moment for me.”
You might notice, and so did we; there was a complete transformation of her hair from straight to curls. In order to turn her hair quite the opposite, she shares, “It would take my hairstylist an hour every day to noodle-curl my hair for it to look natural. In fact, it came to a point where one day Homi sir realised I don’t actually naturally have noodle hair and was shocked that I did that every day. Everyone in the crew thought I had noodle hair. I’m sure many of my friends and family won’t be able to recognise me in the film. It’s such a fun experience when you get to transform your look and personality. She almost comes across as naive. But is she really? You’ll have to watch the film for that.”
To get her role right, she visited cafés, talked to baristas about their lives, understood the sociology of how class differences, aspirations, and dignity of labour in our country impact the psychology of someone like Minu, and empathised with the people and their stories—and that’s how she let it grow on her.
Apart from Hindi shows, Amaara has also been part of music videos and believes music videos are just another medium to play a character for her. As we move ahead in this interview, now comes the confession about her interest in working in the  South Cinema. Well, here we are introducing this Hindi beauty to our Telugu readers too, who is trying to find a project here.
As we head towards the end of the chat she shares, “I would absolutely love to work in the South. I have considered it. It’s a matter of finding a project. The South industry is a lot less organised than the Hindi film industry. Moreover, I actually don’t know about my next projects yet. I was shooting for a project and was preparing for that, but that project got shelved recently. So I am like any actor, auditioning and enjoying the process, trying not to obsess over the result of the audition.”
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