YAMI GAUTAM | The actor, who made her debut in Vicky Donor, speaks with Shalini Saksena about her what the latest film Bhoot Police is about, the challenges that came with it and that she lovesto be part of inspiring stories
Your performance in Bhoot Police earned massive acclaim. How challenging was it to do a horror-comedy?
My character had to do more with horror than comedy. Due to COVID-19, we couldn’t do any of the formal physical training. We did the best we could on the set itself in terms of the physical transformation, getting the look right, and getting what the director’s wants. With horror-comedy, you can go overboard. But the idea was to stay on the other side of the line. It was challenging because we had to shoot in the cold with heavy make-up. I remember shooting in a storm and rain with bare feet. When we watch a film, we don’t see the struggle behind the camera. I am glad that people saw the honest attempt in my performance and the project.
You have back-to-back hits — Uri, Bala and now Shoot Police. What’s the secret?
There is no secret. There are actors who have been doing this far too long now. Your sensibilities as an actor grow with time. They get better as you gain more experience. Your understanding of cinema and perspective widens, and that really matters. I like to lean on my instincts. Of course, some projects don’t resonate with the audience but that’s okay. My attempt will always be to look for that substance in a film. I want to choose a script where there is an honest attempt and some purity in it. I don’t want to be a part of a project making. I want to be a part of the cinema.
You are a string of releases in the pipeline in different genres. How difficult or easy was it to switch from one character to another?
It is not easy, and it takes a little time. Unfortunately, the way the pandemic hit us, it did change the narrative of work style. Because we had to be cautious, we had put health first. So, it required more work. For instance, when I was shooting for Dasvi and A Thursday, I was working back-to-back. The day I landed from Agra, I went to the sets of A Thursday to get the feel of it. I am extremely thorough with my scripts and homework. I wish I had gotten more time to prep.
You have explored various genres. What kind of roles interest you?
I would play a real-life character and be a part of an inspiring story. I would love to do a costume drama, play a warrior princess, or essay a strong political figure. I don’t know if it is even possible, but I would love to essay Madhubala on screen. There are so many inspiring stories and stories that you would love to experience. I would love to do comedy again.
From where do you get the inspiration of essaying such varied roles?
The motivation comes from within. It lies in your instincts and what you gravitate towards. I feel you never know what you can do until you try. Hence, I have given these films as examples. You got to be free and uninhibited to let yourself explore. I look up to some actors who are brilliant in whatever they do and are so diverse. I feel inspired when I watch a good film or performance. I start imagining myself in that idea.
People call you the girl with a Midas touch. How does it feel?
That's really sweet if someone thinks that. I want to keep working in the right direction and hopefully get more interesting projects. That’s the only reason why anyone would like to know about me or write about me. This relationship is based on the good work that I do. And that’s only possible when I do a project that I like rather than something that is working.