Actress Tillotama Shome, who garnered critical acclaim for her performance in director Anup Singh's Qissaa, says that her role in Nayantara's Necklace is very different from the ones she used to receive earlier.
"I used to get offers for serious, tensed, dying or being raped kind of roles. In Nayantara's Necklace, I got to play a light-hearted role which I don't get to explore usually," she said at the release event of the short film in Mumbai.
Talking about her role in the film, Tillotama stated: "For me, Nayantara's Necklace was taking refuge in playing a character with lighter note, with a sense of celebration of life."
"My role is of a woman who wants to take risk, has a sense of adventure. A woman who likes to cross the line. She is transgressive. She goes, meets a man and gives a feeling of romance. So, difficulty was in thinking how I would do that, being who I am. But once I started, I found everything went out smoothly," she added.
Tillotama also said that she will be seen in Anup's next film Mantra.
"I have a small part in the film which is hopefully something which is going to push me forward. For that I am doing workshops right now. And I am also currently a part of Rajat Kapoor's workshop. After Nayantara's Necklace I am throwing myself into scenarios that I have never put myself in," she said.
Nayantara's Necklace, a 20-minute dramatic thriller based on a true incident, unfolds the story of friendship between two women. With suspense and surprises, the short film revolves around a necklace which is also used as a metaphor for things which may not seem to be what they actually are.
The film, released by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, showcases the empty spaces that exist behind the bustling lives in a modern metropolis, which results in forming an accidental friendship between two completely opposite characters played by Konkona Sen Sharma and Tillotama. (Also Read: Konkona, Tillotama to Star in Short Film Nayantara's Necklace)
The short film is directed by Jaydeep Sarkar, who is known for writing films like Shaurya: It Takes Courage to Make Right... Right and Khoya Khoya Chand.