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April 2014 - 1st Edition




Actress, Aiysha Hart, and Writer/Director, Shan Khan, catch up with the Asian Express

By Ashley Grint

After a failed attempt at an honour killing at the hands of her family, Mona (Aiysha Hart) is forced to go on the run. Her family, desperate to save face, enlist the services of a bounty hunter (Paddy Considine) to search the streets of London to track her down and restore HONOUR to their family. With the DVD set to be released on 28th April, Aiysha Hart and Shan Khan took time out of their busy schedules to let audiences know a bit more about the highly anticipated thriller. Aiysha Hart plays Mona in the film • What can audiences expect from Honour? I think that, on one hand the viewer can expect an edge-oftheir-seat, fast paced thriller with some shocking and unexpected moments; whilst on the other hand I hope they will be both moved and enlightened by the extremely weighty and harrowing subject matter. It’s a film that will undoubtedly push audiences to think and discuss, and that’s what I believe makes it so powerful. I also hope it will be refreshing for people to see a British Asian film that isn’t a comedy and isn’t about arranged marriage.

• What were your thoughts when you first read the script? On the first audition I hadn’t been given the entire script yet but I knew it was a film about honour killing. It was incredibly exciting to me that someone (Shan Khan) had been brave enough to write about such a relevant and taboo subject. When I finally got the script and read it, I thought it was brilliant; a real page-turner. By that point I felt very attached to Mona and I really wanted the opportunity to tell her story. It’s rare to find empowering and interesting female roles, so I felt and still feel very fortunate to have got the part. • Your role is one which must be hard to research mentally at times. How has it been for you getting in the correct mindset of your character? I felt like I had quite a strong connection to Mona and that I understood her from fairly early on in the process, which made getting into character a lot easier. Shan was quite focused on me just going on this journey with her and not worrying so much about doing extensive research into honour killing facts and statistics, which the character herself probably wouldn't have known. So I kept a diary as Mona and built up her back-story, and then once we started filming, the isolation of living away from home combined

with a very intense filming schedule meant that becoming Mona came quite organically. • What's it been like working alongside names such as

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WRITER/DIRECTOR: Shan Khan’s script for Honour came 3rd in the UK’s Brit List of 2010, of best unproduced scripts as voted for by the industry

Harvey Virdi? It was wonderful getting the opportunity to work with Harvey, she’s such a nurturer in real life, warm and funny and thankfully totally opposite to the character she plays on screen. It was also terribly exciting to act alongside Paddy Considine. I learnt a lot from just watching both of them ACTRESS: Aiysha Hart plays the part of Mona, a woman who escapes an honour killing attempt work. by her parents only to be chased across the country by a bounty hunter (Paddy Considine)


Asian Express National - April Edition 2014  
Asian Express National - April Edition 2014