You’ve stated it was a dream come true to work with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. What did you get to be taught from him?
Working with Rakesh sir, I obtained to be taught totally different strategies of performing. The in the beginning factor is that you just don’t must act, you simply must really feel the second. What he additionally taught me is that, for an actor, the most important ‘khazana’ are the memories–you must relate them to your scenes and it at all times brings out magic. Also, Rakesh sir has by no means put stress on me as an actor; he at all times used to have a dialog in regards to the scene. I used to look at the monitor after each take, however then he stated, “Mrunal, jo dil se aata hai (what comes from the heart), you don’t even need to watch it, you know it is the best”. So, I assume, after working with him, I don’t actually care about how I am trying. I have realised that you already know when it’s your greatest take and it is advisable think about your director. I’ve realized so many small issues from him. He gave me all the freedom and freedom and that’s when the magical moments got here out. I love that about him.
‘Toofaan’ was shot simply earlier than the pandemic. The taking pictures would have been utterly totally different from ‘Jersey’, which you shot in the course of the pandemic?
When you shoot a scene in a packed set, the enjoyable is just not the identical. When you see the characters on the streets of Mumbai, in Dongri-Nagpada, there’s a lot depth in it, you possibly can see the slice of life. So, as a result of of Rakesh sir, I have change into a fan of actual places. Also, we had completed ‘Toofan’ simply two days earlier than the primary lockdown was introduced in March 2020. I didn’t must dub for the movie as a result of it was sync-sound and the feel of voice on actual location is completely totally different. But, with ‘Jersey’, we have been all very scared. Everyone was sporting PPE kits, precautions have been taken, all of us have been remoted for days till we obtained our unfavourable take a look at outcomes.
In the previous one 12 months leisure has shifted to OTT, and the cinema viewing expertise has modified. What was your response when ‘Toofaan’ was introduced as an OTT launch?
It is a blessing in disguise as a result of the movie is now reaching 240 nations, and a lot of worldwide filmmakers will watch the movie. So, I am actually excited and I can’t wait for his or her name to forged me of their subsequent (smiles). And we have now dubbed the movie in English as properly; it was fairly a studying course of and now, all my buddies within the US and Europe will get to benefit from the movie in English. Also, throughout instances like these, even I would not go to a theatre with my household as a result of it’s scary on the market. All I need, at this level, is for households to take pleasure in their films of their drawing room, on their TV. As a performer. I don’t need to cease entertaining my viewers.
Coming from TV, did you face any prejudice? How troublesome was it so that you can break into Bollywood?
It was troublesome however I didn’t really feel something as such. The filmmaker who gave me an alternative simply embraced me as an actor. They made me really feel assured about myself as a result of, on the again of my thoughts, there was a fixed query: “Will he cast me because I am a television actor?”. I wanted to take away that thought from my thoughts. So, I simply saved telling myself, “Mrunal, if you are a good actor, people will cast you no matter where you come from” and thanks to all these administrators who gave me the chance to characteristic in these films. You merely want to alter your thought course of, in case you have religion in your self, then individuals will present religion in you. So, by no means quit.
In the previous couple of years, issues have modified for you with ‘Super 30’, ‘Toofaan’ and ‘Jersey’. How do you see your profession evolving?
I am simply going with the stream and it has been fairly a studying course of for me. I consider in manifestation, and I have at all times dreamt of working with these co-stars and filmmakers. Every time my buddies go like ‘why do you keep fangirling over every co-star?’ however the factor is that they don’t perceive however I am really a massive fan of all these actors. When I met Madhuri (Dixit) ma’am just lately, I simply saved her as a result of I had at all times regarded as much as her. I know I was performing like a creep however I manifested this. But truthfully, each time I had a bad day, I visualised myself on a movie set and instructed myself that that is what I wished and what I dreamt of, so I ought to give it my greatest. I can not give bad performances and I need to ensure that I give my 200 per cent. I prayed every single day for this second; I love this and I don’t know what would I do if I was not an actor.
How would you describe Farhan Akhtar as a co-star?
I at all times look as much as him–the type of roles he does, the way in which he performs, he actually will get deep into the pores and skin of the character. Farhan is one actor who by no means offers up. He will at all times push and work very onerous. I assume after watching this movie, all these guys and ladies who’ve left boxing for no matter cause, are going to return again and begin boxing. And for all of the boxers who’re performing within the Olympics, this movie will encourage them to get all of the medals, and I pray that they win. That’s the affect that Farhan Akhtar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s movies have on the viewers.
One high quality of Farhan Akhtar that you’d need to imbibe?
If I can steal one thing from him, it’s his self-discipline. He is so disciplined! The quantity of onerous work that he has put in to change into Aziz Ali is impeccable. How does he try this? I at all times need to know what’s that one factor that pushes him. Whenever I watch Farhan on display screen, he isn’t performing, however simply feeling the half. He is decided, and completely passionate in regards to the roles he performs; I need to be taught that from him. I am glad that I may witness the magic that he has created onscreen. I am very excited for Farhan as a result of I really feel that is his greatest work and I get to see it.
How would you describe your character of Ananya in ‘Toofaan’?
Ananya works as a catalyst in relation to remodeling Ajju into Aziz Ali. She is a lady who has many wounds in her life, however she channels it to convey out the very best in her. Ananya is a optimistic lady who makes positive that folks round her are at all times motivated. I really feel there’s an Ananya in each family, who offers us course. I really feel pleased to play this half as a result of it isn’t simply inspiring however a function that each Bollywood actress would love to play.