Your film Thank You for Coming is creating plenty of buzz…
I’m conscious that there’s a lot of chatter across the identical, each good and dangerous. Nevertheless, in our trade, there aren’t many comedies written for ladies within the first place, so TYFC was like a breath of recent air. The script additionally felt extraordinarily private, and the character of Kanika Kapoor resonated deeply with me – why ought to ladies carry the burden of being ‘appropriate’ on a regular basis? As a girl, I’m always studying, unlearning and making errors – and that’s completely okay. We’d like not be prim and correct on a regular basis and our imperfections are what makes us balanced. The film shatters the notion that city, elite ladies supposedly ‘have all of it’, nonetheless, their lives too could be a large, big mess, albeit of a different types.
The film gave you an opportunity to interrupt away out of your small city lady mould…
Oh sure, which was additionally one of many causes I jumped onto it. You recognize, I’ve largely performed these small city gritty ladies roles, however I now realise that if you painting a robust feminine character on display screen, it doesn’t matter the place she is from. Whereas the struggles of an enormous metropolis lady will probably be totally different from somebody, who say is from a small city, it doesn’t make it much less of an ordeal. For TYFC for instance, I needed to get extraordinarily comfy with my physique, however since Kanika is a strongly cushioned position, it wasn’t so tough.
Your director Karan Boolani has a problem with the time period chick flick…
What is an efficient chick flick (for the dearth of a greater phrase)? A well-written chick flick makes you are feeling empowered and good about your self. I do not assume the issue lies within the phrase chick flick per se, however you’ll be able to’t blanket label all of them as ‘frivolous’. When coming of age motion pictures having male leads like Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara may be lapped up the viewers, you’ll be able to’t flip round and say one thing like ‘ye kya street journey pe ja rahi hai ladkiyan‘ (what is that this – simply ladies happening a street journey) when a gaggle of ladies do the identical. This inherent patriarchy is one thing that we should always attempt to smash.
Bhumi Pednekar grabs consideration together with her uncommon prime as she attends an occasion with Rhea Kapoor
So, even within the case of Thank You for Coming, I’m okay with people who find themselves attempting to deliver down the film, however the criticism ought to have some meat and cannot be in all places. For instance, you’ll be able to say that the performances will not be up to speed or that the script isn’t tight, however allegations prefer it exhibits ladies ingesting and speaking about lust and pleasure are unwarranted, since motion pictures with male actors portraying these points are dime a dozen. Taking part in somebody like Kanika Kapoor additionally empowered me as an individual, and I felt just a little extra bare, placing the whole lot on the market…
Do you assume in your case, it (criticism) is a bit more obvious because you began out in an unconventional means, enjoying an chubby girl after which gravitated in the direction of (largely) enjoying small city ladies. So adaptation, within the eyes of the viewers, is tough to come back by?
I provides you with an instance to reply this. I like dressing up in real-life and am a make-up professional. Nevertheless, many of the roles that I’ve achieved until now don’t require me to look glam, so I are inclined to don that avatar in real-life. Does that make me a unique particular person? No it doesn’t. It simply signifies that I’ve a persona that’s not akin to my reel-self. And, I do know the viewers is used to seeing me in a ‘sure’ means, so a job like this will need to have been one thing out of the blue for them.
And by way of performances, you’ll be able to look glam and but put up a very good present proper?
Completely, the 2 aren’t mutually unique to one another. The underside line is that you must step up and do what your position requires you to, regardless of how you’re in real-life. The adaptability half you talked about, change I feel is certainly gradual to come back by, however finally the viewers too, comes round. For instance, my look (neither good nor dangerous) has ever been a speaking level per se, however now with TYFC, I see that altering. Even by way of content material, motion pictures like Lust Tales have achieved effectively, so it’s a good begin.
You assume it’s totally different when so many ladies are working collectively vis à vis when it’s a boy lady kind of story?
On the offset, I want to say that my male co-stars from earlier motion pictures have all been extraordinarily open-minded, feminists (in their very own proper) and simply great folks, so this is not a gender concern per se. Nevertheless, within the case of ladies, when you have got gone by means of the identical set of struggles, you are inclined to have plenty of shared empathy and bond on a unique degree. Even males, (like Karan Boolani) who’ve been introduced up by robust, unbiased ladies herald a sure steadiness and synergy whereas working collectively.
Speaking about independence, do you assume ladies generally are branded tough/intimidating if they’re opinionated?
ABSOLUTELY! The second you have got a thoughts of your personal, you’re tough. The second you say you have got desires and ambitions, you’re tough. If solely I saved tabs on the variety of occasions these items have been stated to me! Even by way of my private life, a person can solely give me companionship, however I can not carry this burden on myself considering that ‘oh, he’s finishing me’. As ladies, we’re labeled simply (single, single, mom, divorced and many others), however that aside, it’s okay to let your life not revolve round these labels.
Going again, often actors begin off by enjoying uber glam characters, considerably far faraway from actuality, however for you, the profession trajectory has been a little bit of a backward spiral. Proper?
You recognize I can’t sugar coat this, however will give an trustworthy reply. I don’t come from a movie household, so there isn’t any means I’d have had an enormous launch or one thing like that. I used to be merely fortunate to seize a job within the first place. At that time, major toh kuch bhi kar leti, (I’d have picked up something) as a result of I needed to begin someplace na? Nevertheless, Dum Laga Ke Haisha was an trustworthy film, with its coronary heart in the precise place. Transferring on, it after all, opened the doorways for a lot of social dramas, and whereas I used to be fairly content material doing these, that’s not the one factor I’ve achieved. For instance, by way of performances, my film Sonchiriya is ranked larger than Dum Laga Ke Haisha, however for the reason that latter was commercially profitable as effectively, it tends to be extra fashionable.
You might have achieved comedies, social dramas and now feminist motion pictures. What extra do you need to discover?
Similar to some other actor, I too need to star in a Karan Johar film since I like his fashion of filmmaking. Then, there’s Rajkumar Hirani and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who in some unspecified time in the future I want to tie up with.
What’s that you’re engaged on?
Properly, I’m fairly excited! One is a social drama that’s fairly near my coronary heart and the opposite is a full on masala movie. Extraordinarily totally different from one another, however each equally significant.