Rasika to star in In­dia’s first im­pro­vised film

HT City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

This film is the most fun ex­pe­ri­ence I have had in a while. There are a mil­lion ways a scene can go... I sim­ply have to turn up on the sets and have some fun. RASIKA DUGAL AC­TOR

Ac­tor Rasika Dugal’s next project is not only a good story but a great con­cept too. The ac­tor, who was last seen in Manto this year, is go­ing to be part of In­dia’s first com­pletely im­pro­vised film.

An im­pro­vised film is one where the di­rec­tor has an idea of the story but the scenes, di­a­logues and other things are mounted on the sets while the shoot is on. This is what makes the film unique. The lack of a com­pul­sive struc­ture gives the ac­tors a sense of im­mense free­dom to live as the char­ac­ters. More­over, the shoot of the film is lin­ear, which means each scene has to be shot in the se­quence of its ap­pear­ance in the film and can’t be done spo­rad­i­cally.

The for­mat, com­mon in Hol­ly­wood, has yet to be­come fa­mil­iar in In­dia. Hol­ly­wood films such as Amer­i­can Hus­tle and Blue Valen­tine have been shot in im­pro­vised for­mats.

Rasika, seen in sev­eral films and on TV over the years, is now star­ring in the film ten­ta­tively ti­tled Fairy Folk. “This film is the most fun ex­pe­ri­ence I have had in a while. There are a mil­lion ways a scene can go and so many dif­fer­ent paths that a scene can take be­fore achiev­ing what it is meant to. So while there is an in­tent to ev­ery scene, how we achieve that goal is free flow­ing and im­pro­vised. There is no writ­ten di­a­logue. I think im­pro­vised di­a­logue is so crazy and beau­ti­fully il­log­i­cal — a qual­ity which very few and ex­tremely skilled writ­ers are able to achieve with scripted lines. It is a de­light to play off ac­tors who have an ap­petite for im­pro­vi­sa­tion. I sim­ply have to turn up on set and have some fun,” adds Rasika.

Ac­tor Rasika Dugal was last seen in the crit­i­cally ac­claimed Manto ear­lier this year

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