Rang Rasiya’s hottie Feryna Wazheir Talks about her film and Indian Cinema at V&A
RANG RASIYA is Inspired from the life of celebrated legendary 19th century painter Raja Ravi Varma, who visualized the God in his paintings, the film deals with the censorship of art and the painter’s muse who became the goddess in his works.
Feryna Wazheir is a British Asian actress. She was voted amongst most popular Bollywood actresses in 2010, She began her acting career in amateur theatre and made her break in the industry after she was discovered by photographer Farock Chotia.
Since then Feryna has been a part of several Bollywood films including Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya/Colours of Passion with Randeep Hooda, Raj Kanwar’s Sadiyaan opposite Shatrugan Sinha’s son Luv Sinha and veteran actors such as Rekha, Rishi Kapoor and Hema Malini. Wazheir was also the brand ambassador of Kolkata’s biggest jewellery brand, P.C. Chandra Jewellers, for two years.In India, Wazheir appeared in music composer A.R. Rehman’s video which was an ode of love to the Taj Mahal. There she played the character of Mumtaz Mahal, the legendary beauty for whom the Taj was built. She also had the opportunity to work with singer Hariharan for his music composition before being cast by director Ketan Mehta for his epic story Rang Rasiya/Colours of Passion. Soon after followed her first lead role in Raj Kanwar’s Sadiyaan, which marks the launch of Shatrugan Sinha’s son Luv Sinha. The film also stars Rishi Kapoor, Rekha and Hema Malini.
RANG RASIYA SYNOPSIS
Both strikingly beautiful and audacious, Ketan Mehta’s film charts the life of the great Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma (played by Randeep Hooda), from his early days under the patronage of a King of Kerala, moving on to British Bombay in the late 1800s, where he makes his fortune.
Here the genius gives birth to Indian modern art and helps inspire the independence movement and the dawning of Indian cinema with his depictions, which bring to life the Hindu gods and goddesses. He must first find his muse who comes in the lavish form of Sugandha (Nandana Sen). Varma’s fascination for his model turns into a torrid, paint-smeared, love affair, which is reflected in his art. The religious power brokers see his increasingly eroticised work as dangerous and Varma is dragged to the British courts to be tried for blasphemy.
Mehta’s homage offers not only a spectacular insight into a turning point in Indian history, but also questions the freedom of the artist in contemporary society. Not to be missed!