“My world is consumed with films right now”
Shraddha Kapoor has carved her niche in Indian film industry within a very short span of time. Her choice of films has been an electric blend of all genres. After the superhit ABCD 2, the actress is coming again to woo the audiences’ heart. Bollywood & TV Reporter Mohnish Singh catches up with the actor and digs some more info about his film and personal life.
We have never seen you do action before. Were you skeptical before signing Baaghi, considering it also stars action expert Tiger Shroff?
It's Tiger Shroff all the way, there's no comparison. I have done very little action but yes, it's the first time for me. I had very little time to train for the film. Also, I did not have to train as much as Tiger; he's doing a crazy advanced level of action. I learnt the basic blocks, kicks and punches.
Was it difficult to match up to his fitness level?
You can't compare. Nobody can do what he does. He is unique for our industry. There has been no actor who can do this level of action.
Do you have any prior training in martial arts? How did you prepare for this role?
No. I am not trained in martial arts. Plus I had very little time to train. Though I did not need to train like Tiger, I had to learn a few punches and kicks. In the very little time I had I managed to learn few basics. What Tiger does is crazy level of stunt compared to what I do in the film.
Tiger is excellent at dance as well. Was it difficult for you to match steps, even though you've done a dance-based film, ABCD 2?
Of course, it was extremely challenging. I tried my best to match steps with him. In ABCD 2, Remo sir (Remo D'Souza, director) taught me the 'ABC' of dance, and that is something I will always hold close to my heart. He will always be my guru. But there cannot be any comparison to the things Tiger can do and his flexibility.
Tiger told us that he had a big crush on you. How was your equation with him while filming Baaghi?
I don't read magazines really but one day, I happened to flip through one and read about it. We have known each other since school and it's nice to work with somebody you have known, you can easily communicate with that person. There's a comfort level.
Who was your first crush?
Hrithik Roshan. I think I'll have a crush on him forever.
Being an actor, you have to be presentable always. Does that bother you?
There's no rule that we have to be presentable always. When you are promoting the film, yes, but I'll still wear what I feel like.
Why don't we see more of you at award functions or film parties?
It's because I'm shooting back to back, like literally. I've been working on Baaghi, Rock On!! 2, and now I've started on Ok Jaanu. After I finish that, I will start on Half Girlfriend. So I do not find enough time to attend parties and awards.
Does it then get even more difficult to transform from one character to the other?
It is very challenging. For instance, I was shooting for Ek Villain and Haider at the same time and to switch between characters becomes difficult. But that's always a challenge for an actor, right? The key is to try to keep up with it.
Who are your close friends from the industry?
Varun Dhawan, Mohit Suri and Aditya Roy Kapur are my closest friends. I am blessed to have them in my life.
Any dream actor you would like to work with?
I really want to work with Ranveer Singh. Also, Ranbir Kapoor. They are fantastic actors. I admire their work. I have admired Ranbir's work from his first film. I'd like to do a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film as well.
How do you unwind yourself?
My world is consumed with films right now. I wake up in the mornings, work out, promote my film, pack up, go home, have dinner and sleep. If I'm shooting, I wake up, work out, shoot, come home and sleep. That's my life. When I get free time, I love spending time with my family or friends or maybe watch a movie. I also play the piano when I can.
We have seen your Instagram profile and you seem very active, posting selfies without makeup etc!
My friends keep telling me that you're an actress, you should think about how you're dressed. They care about me and that's why they say this but I am who I am and I want to be myself. I am not a fashionista, so I won't even try to be one. I like posting pictures with my dog, my family...so I will just do that.
Is there a dream destination on your wish list?
It has to be New York! I have already been there but I want to go again. I love it; it’s like you can get lost in there! The energy of New York is like Bombay. So the connection is more.
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