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Afilm with an ensem­ble cast is not ev­ery ac­tor’s cup of tea, par­tic­u­larly be­cause the screen time gets di­vided among mul­ti­ple char­ac­ters. Yami Gau­tam, how­ever, doesn’t see it as a threat. What she looks for in a script is that her char­ac­ter should be welletched and have rel­e­vance to the sto­ry­line.

Yami, who has starred in Bad­la­pur (2015), Sarkar 3 (2017) and at the mo­ment is shoot­ing for Batti Gul Me­ter Chaalu (BGMC), all three hav­ing mul­ti­ple ac­tors, ex­plains her stand cit­ing the ex­am­ple of BGMC, which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Shrad­dha Kapoor. “All three of us have very de­fined char­ac­ters. And be­fore we started shoot­ing, we had a dis­cus­sion about our work and what we are con­tribut­ing to the film. There should be no doubt when I walk into the sets and start work­ing on the film. If you still have ques­tions around the ex­is­tence or essence of your char­ac­ter, then you are at the wrong place. On my part, I am pretty con­fi­dent that we are do­ing the right thing,” she says.

An­other film that will star Yami is Uri, which is be­ing helmed by debu­tant di­rec­tor Aditya Dhar and also stars Vicky Kaushal. Yami has even cut her hair short for the film, in which she re­port­edly plays an in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer. Not willing to di­vulge de­tails, she only says, “In Uri, I’m a nurse who plays a piv­otal role in the op­er­a­tion dur­ing the at­tacks. Both my char­ac­ters in Batti… and Uri are strong; they are to­day’s girls, in­de­pen­dent and feisty. They know what they want from life and are go-get­ters.”

Mean­while, there has been spec­u­la­tion that after Batti Gul Me­ter Chaalu, the ac­tor might do an­other film with Shahid. But she negates the re­port. “As of now, I am only do­ing one film with Shahid. He is a bril­liant ac­tor and a won­der­ful per­son to work with. I have met him so­cially many times and this is the first time we are work­ing to­gether. I would love to work with him again,” Yami signs off.


Ac­tor Yami Gau­tam says that her char­ac­ters in up­com­ing films Batti Gul Me­ter Chaalu, and Uri are strong — ‘they are to­day’s girls, in­de­pen­dent and feisty’

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