Mohanan isn’t fazed by headlines declaring her to be the girl who beat Deepika Padukone for a role in Beyond the Clouds, revered Iranian film-maker, Majid Majidi’s latest film. “I got a call one day from the casting director, and when I went to his office he sat me down and said, ‘It’s a Majid Majidi film, but don’t get your hopes up. A lot of big actresses are already contending for it.’ That’s not really fair competition, but okay,” she says. Within an hour of sending her photos she received a call back; within a day she heard from Majidi himself; in another five, the film was hers.

 

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