Creative Flow Shouldn't Be Trapped In Trends Like No Make-Up Looks: Tillotama Shome

Tillotama Shome says that though she has mostly portrayed 'serious characters' she would like to explore 'every muscle of emotion'

Creative Flow Shouldn't Be Trapped In Trends Like No Make-Up Looks: Tillotama Shome

Tillotama Shome says she chose the best from what she was offered. (Image courtesy: Tillotama Shome)


  • Tillotama Shome has starred in films like Qissa and Hindi Medium
  • 'As an outsider, it takes time to command,' says Tillotama
  • I have no desire to play only serious characters, she said
Mumbai: Actress Tillotama Shome, a prominent face in the film festival circuit, feels a bit stagnant when it comes to playing intense roles. But she says she's still in the process of being able to command the diverse characters she wishes to portray on the silver screen. She is often slotted as a 'serious actress' by the mainstream Bollywood coterie. Does she feel caught in the stereotype? Tillotama told IANS: "I think intensity is overrated, and laughter is unexplored. At least in my career, most of the films that I have done have intense roles. Yes, I only agreed to do those roles, but I tried to choose the best from what I have offered."

"Honestly, I have no desire to play only serious characters. But as an outsider of the industry, it takes time to command, because one has to make a position to do so... I am in process," she added.

She played Alice in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding. The actress proved her skill in some of the award-winning films like Gangor, Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost,Children of War and A Death In The Gunj along with some short films. She also featured in Hindi Medium.

"It's not that I do not enjoy playing such roles, but just that one of my emotional muscle has been used overtly, whereas the others remain unexplored. As a complete actor, I want every muscle of emotion to be utilized in my performance. I think the industry has the tendency to repeat and formulate certain things like 'no make-up looks', 'women-centric film'... Your creative flow shouldn't be limited or trapped in trends," she said.


She was on board as a jury member of the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival With Star earlier this month, for Dimension, a short film section. She watched around 17 short films for it and said she rediscovered the 'city of dreams'.

"I realized how much of the city is yet to be explored, being a relatively new dweller of Mumbai," said the actress, who settled in Mumbai seven years ago.

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