Location Diaries: A dance to remember - Sonia Aggarwal for Rowdy Baby
This weekly column details the fascinating encounters that often take place on the sets of a film and this week, it is from Rowdy Baby
Being part of Rowdy Baby gave Sonia Aggarwal an opportunity to work with actors Meena and Sathyaraj. "Meena and I are good friends in real life, and I was excited to share screen space with her for the first time. I've also been wanting to work with Sathyaraj sir right from the start of my career," says Sonia, adding she was nervous about meeting Sathyaraj for the first time on the sets of Rowdy Baby. "I thought he would be a serious person but he put me at ease right from the first day of the shoot. He is such a wonderful human being."
Sonia's first scene with the duo was shot in Chennai, and required her to deliver a speech on stage while they sat among the audience. Recollecting her nervousness, Sonia said, "As someone who suffers from stage fright, I literally start shivering and fumbling when I get nervous. This is why I tend to limit my speeches during promotional events. When I had to perform that scene, I just froze at the very thought. However, I convinced myself that it was just an act and not real life."
This confidence didn't last long as the moment Sonia stood in front of the mic, her anxiety was triggered. "Nervouseness crept in when I delivered the first two lines. I did calm myself by reassuring myself that the mic was off and the audience couldn't actually hear me. I was both thankful and happy when I got through the long speech without any more anxiety," shared Sonia.
For another part of the shoot in Munnar, Sonia had to dance in front of Meena for a song sequence. "I love dancing and was excited to shoot for a dance sequence after a long time. But Meena is a senior actor and an excellent dancer herself, and this thought only added to my nervousness," said Sonia, who credited rehearsals with Sridhar master for gaining confidence in her abilities. "I was relieved after watching the first take on the monitor. The song was shaping out well, and this gave me enough confidence to complete the shoot."
The day only got more memorable later as Sonia wound up the shoot with good food and great company. "At the end of the day, Meena and I had a warm chat in her room and shared a sumptuous dinner. The shooting of Rowdy Baby became one of my most cherished experiences thanks to the bonding with my dear friend."