It’s been a 12 months since actor Sara Ali Khan returned to doing interviews, and she or he’s dressed as if she’s at dwelling, comfortable. And that’s precisely how the dialog goes — simple, free flowing, with no reluctance on any topic, whether or not it’s a couple of earlier movie that didn’t do nicely, or her subsequent, Atrangi Re.
“My films only release in December,” she jokes (her final movie Coolie No 1 launched in the identical month in 2020). Excerpts from an interview with the 26-year-old:
You are again to the rustic, avenue sensible lady zone after Kedarnath (2018), your debut. Was it deliberate, after urban-set movies like Simmba (2018), Love Aaj Kal and Coolie No 1 (each 2020)?
I don’t consider in zones, or one is a business movie or one thing else. I consider in the tales that I assume need to be informed. This (Atrangi Re) simply so occurred to return to me after a business movie. Also, the factor is, with the variety of movies I have been privileged to do, I haven’t chosen them, they’ve chosen me. (Filmmakers) Rohit Shetty, Imtiaz Ali, Aanand L Rai, how are you going to select these individuals? You dream of these individuals, they select you.
This movie got here to me at a time when I most wanted it. I assume the solely good in my life in 2020 was Atrangi Re. Love Aaj Kal didn’t get love, it was not appreciated. Ten days after it flopped, I was on flooring with Aanand ji, doing this movie. On a private stage I really feel as a result of Sara’s confidence was low, Sara couldn’t drag Rinku (her character in Atrangi Re) down, or Rinku might have uplifted Sara. Rinku and Aanand ji collectively made Sara fall in love with Sara, Sara in love with Rinku and her work.
You shot this movie amid many restrictions as a consequence of Covid. How totally different was the whole expertise?
The very first thing I shot for after the lockdown lifted was the music Chaka Chak. Restrictions and all are only a half of it, that’s simply well being and concern that we took, however the power of a set particularly after being locked inside for thus lengthy… realising and remembering what it’s prefer to be on a set the place all people is doing their job, not as a result of they need to however they wish to is simply lovely.
Like your final launch, Atrangi Re is heading once more on to an OTT platform. Did you’ve gotten any apprehensions?
My preliminary response was feeling unhealthy as a result of I do movies for the huge display, I consider in that have. Then I additionally realised, for the lack of a greater phrase, what the aukaat of an actor is. It’s not my determination. I love Aanand ji, he made me love myself when I didn’t love myself, so I am not one to out of the blue query his thought course of. Jo bhi kiya hoga, bauhaut soch samajh ke kiya hoga. Ultimately, for me it issues that you simply watch the movie. If I attain extra eyes, I win. As lengthy as you possibly can watch the movie and have a smile, I am comfortable.
How was it working like with veterans akin to Akshay Kumar and Dhanush for the first time in your profession?
It was insane. I name Akshay sir Thalaivar of the North, as a result of he has a lot power, spontaneity, and spark. Dhanush sir is an inspiration, an establishment in appearing. He’s a National Award-winning actor, he is aware of the digital camera like I know water. There was not a single day on set, the place aside from being enjoyable and creatively rewarding, it wasn’t a continuing studying. If it was a seven to seven shift, and I had a pack up after lunch, I wouldn’t return. I would sit and watch on the monitor, takes of Dhanush sir.