‘I don’t sub­scribe to the idea of a role model’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Prashant Singh

By now, are you com­pletely com­fort­able in the in­dus­try?

Ab­so­lutely. Be­fore I en­tered the in­dus­try, there was a per­cep­tion and im­pres­sion that ac­tors have the most lux­u­ri­ous life, and they don’t have to work hard, but now that I am in the in­dus­try, I un­der­stand how much hard work and ded­i­ca­tion goes into be­ing an ac­tor.

Do you think peo­ple will com­pare Dan­gal (2016) and Se­cret Su­per­star (SS)?

Not re­ally. I am quite sure that SS will be loved. It’s a beau­ti­ful story that de­fines the un­for­tu­nate re­al­ity of our life. I hope au­di­ences un­der­stand the mes­sage that we are try­ing to send across.

Did you iden­tify with your part in the film? Was it dif­fi­cult to por­tray it?

Yes, it was def­i­nitely very tough for me. Ini­tially, I couldn’t con­nect with the char­ac­ter and her sur­round­ings. So, while my char­ac­ter has a dream that she strug­gles to achieve, I per­son­ally don’t have any such dream or a pas­sion cur­rently. Also, the en­vi­ron­ment she lives in is very hos­tile and her fa­ther is very pa­tri­ar­chal. But I come from a fam­ily where the girl child is pam­pered. My fam­ily has al­ways sup­ported me to be­come what­ever I wanted to.

Mu­sic also seems to be an in­trin­sic part of the film...

Mu­sic plays a very im­por­tant part in this film. So, an­other chal­lenge was that I had to look like I was ac­tu­ally singing. I had to learn to play the gui­tar and I spent a lot of time with Meghna Mishra who has sung for me. I stud­ied her thor­oughly and ob­served her while she was singing. I didn’t want it to look like I was fak­ing it on screen.

Ear­lier this year, when you were in the eye of con­tro­versy (she had to is­sue an apol­ogy af­ter be­ing trolled for meet­ing Jammu & Kash­mir CM Me­hbooba Mufti), you said that don’t in­tend to be a role model. Why?

It’s prob­a­bly be­cause of my own ide­ol­ogy. I don’t sub­scribe to the idea of a ‘role model’. I can’t com­pre­hend the idea of a per­son ded­i­cat­ing his en­tire ide­ol­ogy, as­pi­ra­tions and dreams for an­other per­son, who they con­sider their role model but don’t even know about. I gen­uinely be­lieve in a phrase that, ‘in­stead of fol­low­ing some­one else’s foot­steps or a path, build your own path’.

Was it sad the way the en­tire episode played out?

While I was writ­ing and putting up the Face­book post, I was happy. But af­ter that, I was up­set with the way it was blown out of pro­por­tion. It was up­set­ting that there was an ab­so­lute mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of ac­tual things. It was nowhere close to how it was sup­posed to be. But the me­dia blew it out of pro­por­tion and it was dis­turb­ing. Now, I feel that it was a phase and I am happy that it has passed.

Zaira Wasim

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