October 25, 2019
Your character in Qissa was poignant, deep and sharp. Tell us about how you put yourself in a mind-space that allowed you to execute it?Thank you for feeling that way about the portrayal of Kanwar. I was gently and expertly guided into the process by Anup Singh over a seven month long process. Externally, I recieved training in kalaripayattu to find a sense of balance, Punjabi classes thrice a week and driving classes. But the main training happened in the inputs Anup gave me over time, to help find the character step by step.
Nayantara's Necklace gave us another brilliant performance by you. How was that character achieved?For Nayantara' Necklace I wanted to find her walk and her sense of joy. A sense of joy can eclipse all lacks, perceived or real. Finding an entry point into the character, be it the walk, the voice, a song, really helps me. That one thread leads you to others, if you are lucky.
In your experience, have you seen a change in the gender dynamics of the cinema space? Does the present offer them more freedom now than it did in the past?There is definitely a greater freedom afforded by online platforms today. But freedom does not guarantee quality and can often just lead to sensationalism. The question of gender dynamics and portrayal of women in Indian cinema is an ongoing discussion that has plagued every generation. That is not surprising as the rate at which women have evolved in the past fifty years across the world is exponential and has outstripped the evolution of men.