Daisy Shah started as a dancer got her break with superstar Salman Khan and is now experimenting with theatre. She says she was attracted to venture on the stage because the role of a courtesan was promising and she trained with a professional Kathak dancer to portray the character. Music being an integral part of the courtesan culture and Daisy insisted on singing on stage as well. While some of her detractors laughed at her attempt to experiment so early in her career Daisy is happy to have taken the plunge. “Theatre is more challenging than cinema as everything happens on the spot. The reactions are spontaneous and you can make out if the audience is affected by your performance. In films I have mostly done glamour roles but on stage I have the option to play a complex character like begum”
Begum Jaan is about an innocent girl Uzma whom destiny transforms into a renowned courtesan of Lucknow appreciated as an exemplary dancer and a soulful singer. The play will be premiered on 2 July at Rang Sharda Auditorium, Bandra and is directed by Pradeep Gupta.