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Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkumar Rao are going all out to ensure the success of Bareilly Ki Barfi, says Mansi Bhansali
Promotions have become an important part of making sure that a movie is a hit. And the younger lot of actors is out to ace the game. Moreover, the relationship between sports and cinema has a long history. Recently, the capital witnessed the semi-finals of Super Boxing League (SBL) between the Delhi Gladiators, co-owned by actor Sushant Singh Rajput and Maratha Yoddhas. And sure enough, Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkumar Rao, the star cast of Bareilly Ki Barfi, which is releasing on August 18, were seen parrying boxing moves in the ring.
Sanon, who has been seen in ultra-glam roles until now, has undergone a complete transformation in her new release. Sanon, whose last film Raabta didn’t do too well at the box office, says, “Bareilly Ki Barfi is different from the films that I’ve done before. It’s based out of UP and the character is de-glammed. Ashwiny Tiwari is an amazing director. I loved his film Nil Battey Sannata. He brings a relatability factor to his characters. It feels like we were feeding off each other. I learnt a lot from Pankaj sir, who plays my father in the movie. It was like a small family,” she said seeming positive about the film.
Sanon is playing a tomboyish character. She added, “There is so much to her. Bitti is outspoken, straight forward and someone who lives by her own rules. She has no filter on. She loves to listen to English songs and do break dance. But on the other hand, she has a quirk and she hides the fact that she drinks and smokes with her friends from her parents. Altogether, she is liberated in her head.”
Being considered as one of the promising actresses of the coming generation, Sanon likes to act with a free mind. She says, “While I’m acting, I don’t think about anything else. I can’t live my life by being pressured about the Friday results, which are not in my hand. We actors can give our 100 per cent and that’s what in our hands. An actor should choose scripts that she genuinely believes in and not do films for the sake of it.”
Rao, known for his arthouse films like Shahid, Citylights and Aligarh believes, “For me working in a sensible or art film and commercial drama film is the same thing. My honesty towards my work in both would be same. In Bareilly Ki Barfi, I’m playing the character with two completely different traits of Pritam and Vidrohi, which for me was challenging.” Rao was appreciative of Sanon’s work. He said, “She is a rare combination of beauty and talent, which we always seek for in an actor.”
Having won the National Film Award for Shahid, Rao has made an exceptionally indelible space in the industry. Commenting on his unconceivable role in Trapped, he said, “The character in the movie was very difficult to adapt both physically and mentally. But I feel lucky that I got the chance to work with the talented Vikramaditya Motwane in the movie. It took a toll on my health as well.”
Besides Bareilly Ki Barfi, Rao has other releases coming up as well. He is busy with promotions of his movie, Newton, which is releasing in India after winning a host of awards in different international film festivals. He is also looking forward to Omerta, which got selected for TIFF and Bose, a web series which will be out by the end of August or beginning of September on ALT Balaji.
Singer, RJ, anchor and actor, the multi-talented Khurrana said, “It was a unique experience as this time I’m doing film with heroes. I have worked with great talents like Anu Kapoor in Vicky Donor and Sanjay Mishra in Dum Laga Ke Haisha but in Bareilly Ki Barfi I’m working with actors of my age group and both are very talented.”
From Vicky Donor till Meri Pyaari Bindu, Khurrana has had a short but experimental journey in the industry. He believes, “I always try to give my inputs about the character and whether it would work or not depends on the audience. We cannot get attached to any project. We need to get slightly detached from each to move on easily to the next project.” The actor is busy with Shubh Mangal Savdhan and Sriram Raghavan’s movie, which is a thriller.
Khurrana loves to switch genres. He added, “Till now I’ve done slice-of-life and light-hearted films, so now I wanted to do some grey films. Until and unless you challenge yourself as an actor in different genres, there is no fun.”
Photo: Pankaj Kumar
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