DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition : 2019-02-11

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AFTER Screen 06 DAILY NEWS & ANALYSIS MUMBAI MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 I CONTD FROM P1 INTERESTING RIVALRIES PLAYING OUT? Bajirao Mastani Padmaavat, and you had cut yourself off from everyone and stayed in isolation. What was your prep for For z Deepika loves my look in Zoya’s (Akhtar) films as the latter ensures that my hair is short, and there’s no facial hair. Gully Boy? Each director has a different approach and even I approach each part differently. Sometimes, one has to do extreme things like go into isolation for two-three weeks. Other films have different processes. For I spent lot of time with writer-director Zoya Akhtar, and with the rappers. I hung out in their environment and did multiple workshops and readings with my co-actors, individually as well as in a group. Mooch dadhi, kuch bhi nahin. So, she loves the way I look in and Gully Boy, Dil Dhadakne Do Gully Boy rushes of the film, she said you looked hot. What’s her take on your look in With this movie, you have turned a rapper and become the new hip-hop artiste. How did that come about? Gully z Boy? She says I am looking the hottest. She loves my look in Zoya’s films as the latter ensures that my hair is short, and there’s no facial hair. (Smiles) I am extremely happy that my vocals have been accepted. It’s really a big deal for me. I didn’t expect this to happen — becoming No.1! It was important for me that I give my vocals because the film and the story is such. It’s about an underdog, the journey of a boy trying to become a musician. For me, it was significant, but Zoya was unsure about me lending my vocals. She said it’s a proper music album and if you are not good enough, I won’t use you because you are not an actual rapper. She took my test. I sang Naezy’s version of Divine was there guiding me and giving tips. Only after I passed my test did Zoya agree. So, it was not a given that I would sing, I had to qualify. Mooch, dadhi, kuchh bhi nahin. So, Deepika loves the way I look in and Apna Time Aayega Dil Dhadakne Do Gully Boy. Taapsee Pannu Bhumi Pednekar You have shown a great flair for comedy in How about doing an out-andout comedy? z Simmba. I am very keen to do an out-and-out comedy. I urge you to write about it, so that some writer, filmmaker or director reads it and approaches me. Please underline that I want to do comedy! Meri Gully Mein. bhai What kind of comedy do you like? z Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone You are doing a film with Alia Bhatt for the first time, but you have already done ads with her. How was it working with her? z Yes, those ads had made our popular even before our film came. Alia is a mind-blowing actor. She has put in such strong performances in the few jodi Before when Deepika Padukone saw the Simmba z It was important for me that I give my vocals because the film and the story is such. It’s about an underdog, the journey of a boy trying to become a musician. For me, it was significant, but Zoya was unsure about me lending my vocals. She said it’s a proper music album and if you are not good enough I won’t use you because you not an actual rapper. She took my test. I sang Naezy’s version of Jacqueline Fernandez Daisy Shah Meri Gully Mein Mahesh Anand with Amitabh Bachchan The actor with Govinda Kartik Aaryan Sunny Singh CONTD FROM P1 Comedy Circus The Kapil Sharma Show, to what changes have you seen in Kapil? From z Which was your best episode so far? z What next? z Didn’t you want to have your own show at one point? z I enjoyed the episode when Ajay Devgn had come to promote We really did and while going, Ajay told me he wants to cast me in his next! Never. I am an actor and my dream is different. I want to do a very good comedy film with Govinda and me as the lead and be a part of stand-up Total Dhamaal. There is a marked difference in the way you are doing comedy on this show. Is that deliberate? z dhamaal Krushna Abhishek Govinda Bol Yes, my style of comedy Bachchan 2. Main

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