The Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast


Stardust (English) - - COVER STORY - Words NAZ­IFA CHA­RA­NIA

It’s Eas­ier For Peo­ple From A Filmi Back­ground To Get Their First Film.”

On a bright sunny af­ter­noon, I was head­ing to meet the new hot pataka of Tin­sel Town. And as soon I reached and rang the bell, I thought I would have to wait for the gal to ar­rive, but who opened the door? KIARA AD­VANI, her­self! She looked fresh and beau­ti­ful with­out a sin­gle speck of makeup, in a pink sin­glet and pur­ple tracks, she wel­comed me in her lav­ishly decored house. Be it in reel or real life, she has a pres­ence that will surely make you fall head over heels in love with her...Want to know why I am all praises about her. Read on… How was your ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in M. S. D ho ni: An Un­told Story? Could you nar­rate a few anec­dotes? There are many anec­dotes, and M.S. Dhoni was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I re­mem­ber I had waited for a long time after my first film be­cause I re­ally wanted to do some­thing that would be worth it, and be su­per duper ex­cited to work on. And of course, with the sec­ond film you have to be a lit­tle care­ful as you don’t get too many chances. So when I got to know that Neeraj (Pandey) sir wanted to meet me for Dhoni, I was over­whelmed be­cause I al­ways wanted to work with him, he is a ge­nius. Neeraj sir is very calm and doesn’t speak much. I think what­ever I spoke to him was dur­ing the pro­mo­tions we had than while we were shoot­ing. Be­cause he is just so clear with what he wants to tell you that there is never any con­fu­sion. I re­mem­ber this scene and it ac­tu­ally is the scene that gave me the most re­ac­tions from the au­di­ence which is when Sushant (Singh Ra­jput) pro­posed to me in the film. When I reached the sets Neeraj sir said, ‘I just want you to let go un­in­hib­it­edly and just pour your­self out and cry.’ I had no prep time or time to think of how I would do the scene, I just had to do it. I lit­er­ally just had to live in that mo­ment. The scenes were light yet emo­tional, the

most fun part was when we shot for a song in Cape Town - that was my first time to Cape Town. We had a blast, we were just shoot­ing there for three days but we were there for a week so we were just ex­plor­ing the city, ev­ery day after we got done with work.

Were there any chal­lenges that you faced dur­ing the shoot? Yes, we shot with a lion which was the first time for me, hon­estly speak­ing I don’t think I ever want to shoot with a lion be­cause I lit­er­ally died when I got to know that we would be shoot­ing with one. Sushant kept telling me, ‘Lis­ten, they don’t have our in­sur­ance or any­thing, so you bet­ter think about it.’ I said don’t say that, you’re ru­in­ing it even more. But Neeraj sir was very sweet so we reached on the sets, and he told me, ‘See how you feel, it’s still in the car, we haven’t brought it out as yet, let him come around and as soon as you’re com­fort­able, we will start shoot­ing. We won’t roll till you are com­fort­able.’ that’s when I re­alised that all the pres­sure was on me. I am ad­ven­tur­ous to a cer­tain point, but I think this ex­tra en­thu­si­asm comes only on the sets. I want to do all these things, and maybe some peo­ple en­joy wild life, but I would only do that if I am on the sets or if I am asked to do that for a film. Oth­er­wise in my reg­u­lar life, I am very lim­ited when it comes to ad­ven­ture. But some­how there is an­other en­ergy that comes into me when I am shoot­ing.

That was about M.S. Dhoni, what about the film that made you the Mast gal of Bol­ly­wood? (Laughs) For Ma­chine, we shot for over a month in Ge­or­gia, and the en­tire unit be­came one fam­ily. Ma­chine was made on a much larger scale. So the whole ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Ab­bas Mus­tan and work­ing on such a scale was at an­other level. Ma­chine was the most pam­pered sets I have ever been on. Ev­ery­thing was over the top, like you will have some­one blow­ing a fan for ev­ery scene, be it cry­ing or nor­mal. You are work­ing with three cam­era’s at all times. So ev­ery­thing was over­whelm­ing and again, an ex­pe­ri­ence which I will al­ways cher­ish for sure. With the Mast Mast song, I fi­nally got to dance, and I re­ally wanted to dance. That’s one of the rea­sons I wanted to be­come an ac­tor be­cause I love danc­ing. When Ma­chine hap­pened, I knew I would fi­nally get that op­por­tu­nity with good songs. Be­cause Ab­bas Mus­tan are known for great mu­sic in their films. And Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast is an iconic num­ber which was remixed, the track has mas­sively picked up. Girls ac­tu­ally come up to me and say, ‘I re­mem­ber your red dress from the song.’ It feels so amaz­ing when girls com­pli­ment you.

Now that peo­ple come upto you, how does it feel to be a known name and achieve the celebrity sta­tus? I don’t know if I have achieved the celebrity sta­tus as yet. But as a per­former, I feel more en­riched be­cause an ac­tor learns from ev­ery film. You take away some­thing or the other from who you work withbe it your co-stars, tech­ni­cians, you just keep learn­ing more, and that def­i­nitely gives you more ex­pe­ri­ence as an ac­tor. Oth­er­wise, I feel life is still the same. It feels good when peo­ple recog­nise you and come up to you be­cause of your work. So many peo­ple still call me Sak­shi, and that’s the film that made the au­di­ence con­nect with me. It was a game changer for me as well. It feels nice when they know you as your char­ac­ter, be­cause then as an ac­tor, you feel your part has reg­is­tered, peo­ple have no­ticed it, liked it, and re­lated to it.

Which is your favourite genre in movies ? Is there a cer­tain genre you wish to do in the fu­ture? When I am binge watch­ing, I al­ways tend to watch rom-com. Also, all my favourite films have been rom-coms. As an ac­tor, I want to ex­plore and try dif­fer­ent things. I don’t think many peo­ple would

If Some­body Of­fers Me A Rom-Com I Won’t Even Think Twice, I Would Just Say Yes.”

have thought of my first film Fugly as my first film, it was a so­ciopo­lit­i­cal film, the girl’s role was very edgy, which was com­pletely dif­fer­ent from me. As an ac­tor, I am very am­bi­tious and I want to do dif­fer­ent kinds of films. If some­body of­fers me a rom-com, I won’t even think twice, I would just say ‘yes’!

Talk­ing about ex­plor­ing, if you had the op­por­tu­nity to play a biopic whose life would you like to por­tray? I never know how to an­swer this ques­tion. When­ever I was asked this ques­tion, I have al­ways said Mad­hubala be­cause I don’t know enough about her. So I feel I will get to learn a lot more about her by do­ing the film. But I would give it some more thought.

Do you think com­ing from a filmi back­ground helps in paving an easy route to suc­cess in B-town? I can’t say about achiev­ing suc­cess. But it’s, of course eas­ier for peo­ple from a filmi back­ground to get their first film. Be­cause they know the peo­ple in the in­dus­try, their par­ents know each other. They have grown up see­ing the life and are com­fort­able there. It’s def­i­nitely eas­ier for them to get a plat­form. It’s eas­ier for the di­rec­tor and pro­ducer as the sur­name counts and helps in the mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tions. But an ac­tor’s suc­cess ul­ti­mately de­pends on the au­di­ence. Even to­day, the filmi kids in the in­dus­try have achieved suc­cess on their own merit. The au­di­ence is not for­giv­ing to just give you suc­cess be­cause you have got your first film. While it is eas­ier for star kids to get films, suc­cess is some­thing that only the au­di­ence can give.

What is your ide­ol­ogy about suc­cess then? Does suc­cess come with hard work or luck? I believe when hard work meets op­por­tu­nity, that’s when luck falls into place. So do you think the in­dus­try is a fair place or peo­ple are par­tial in Tin­sel Town? There is par­tial­ity in the in­dus­try, but then where isn’t it there? Right?

Which is that one ac­tor you as­pire to work with in the fu­ture? Why only one? I have a whole list. So from Mr. Amitabh Bachchan to of course all the Khans. And also, Ran­veer Singh and Varun Dhawan are two ac­tors that I am long­ing and hop­ing to get an op­por­tu­nity to work with. Also, Ran­bir Kapoor, the list is end­less.

Then there must be that one movie you saw and wished to be a part of? Or would wish to be a part of the se­quel? I re­ally like Zoya Akhtar’s films. I loved Dil Dhadakne Do, and I would want to be a part of a film like that.

Which celebrity do you think has the best style state­ment in the in­dus­try? Male and fe­male? I think Ak­shay Ku­mar has the best style state­ment in the in­dus­try, he is very cool and dap­per. And a fe­male celebrity would be Sonam Kapoor.

What ac­cord­ing to you is more im­por­tant to make a name in the in­dus­try? Good looks or act­ing skills? Act­ing skills are needed to make you last in the in­dus­try, and good looks just fol­low with hair and makeup. A lit­tle bit of both is great be­cause it’s a vis­ual medium. But def­i­nitely, act­ing skills is a must be­cause if you don’t have that then you’re not go­ing a long way. Then we also have ac­tors like Ir­rfan Khan and Nawazud­din Sid­diqui, and again the way you look at a per­son is very sub­jec­tive. How do you rate some­one as good look­ing? You may find some­one good look­ing and some­body else might not find that per­son good look­ing. But at the end of the day if you don’t have the act­ing skills then what’s the point of be­ing in this line?

If you could live one ac­tor’s life for a day? Who would you choose and why? I would want to live Priyanka Cho­pra’s life. I re­ally want to know how she man­ages her time, the way she does. And I think it is the coolest thing to be a pro­tag­o­nist in an Amer­i­can TV show. She is a global icon as well, and the amount that she has done with UNICEF is amaz­ing. Ev­ery­thing that she does, she does it so well, she is com­mit­ted to ev­ery sin­gle po­si­tion, op­por­tu­nity, or plat­form that she has been given. I would love to see how her life would feel like. Ma­chine Was The Most Pam­pered Sets I Have Ever Been On.”

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