‘Au­di­tions test whether you are fit for a role’

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - HTCITY ENTERTAINMENT - Rishabh Suri i h bh i@htli

Ac­tor Am­ruta Khanvilkar — who has been a pop­u­lar name in Marathi cin­ema — is re­turn­ing to Bol­ly­wood af­ter eight years since her last film Phoonk 2. And she re­veals that land­ing a role in her lat­est film Raazi wasn’t tough.

“I gave my au­di­tion in the after­noon, and by night, I had got a call to go and meet Meghna Gulzar [the di­rec­tor] next morn­ing. I went and Meghna told me, ‘I liked your Urdu, and the way aapne sur pakda char­ac­ter ka. Welcome on board.’ Some things are just like that,” says Am­ruta.

So, hav­ing been an ac­tor for more than a decade now, is Am­ruta still com­fort­able in giv­ing au­di­tions to­day? “It doesn’t bother me. I think peo­ple get un­com­fort­able with the term au­di­tion. It is not about whether you can act or not, it is more to see whether you fit into the char­ac­ter or not. I au­di­tion ev­ery sec­ond day. For me, it is about liv­ing that char­ac­ter for that mo­ment and por­tray what you can so that the di­rec­tor gets con­vinced,” says Am­ruta, adding that if a big film­maker wants her to au­di­tion for a film, she is not in a position to refuse.

Shar­ing an in­ci­dent, Am­ruta adds, “I know about a renowned ac­tor who had to au­di­tion for a Mani Rat­nam film. So, if a Karan Jo­har or Mani Rat­nam wants me to au­di­tion, I will not tell them that I am not go­ing to do it! Au­di­tions are about test­ing the abil­ity of the per­son. For my other film Satayamev Jay­ate (star­ring Manoj Ba­j­payee and John Abra­ham), too I had given au­di­tions. But I also re­mem­ber di­rec­tor Mi­lap Zaveri telling me later, ‘We are glad to have you, au­di­tion toh for­mal­ity hoti hai’.”

In Raazi, Am­ruta plays Alia’s elder sis­ter-in-law and she’s all praises for Alia. “Def­i­nitely, it’s a tai­lor-made role for Alia. She is such a bril­liant and se­cure per­former. It’s a treat to watch her proving her­self in ev­ery film. There’s no­body else who could have played the role of Sehmat the way she did,” says Am­ruta.

PHOTO:VI­RAL BHAYANI

Am­ruta Khanvilkar played the role of Alia Bhatt’s sis­ter­in­law in Raazi

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