It is interestingly to note that we shot Zubaan, that is releasing on Mar 4, most before Masaan.
Zubaan is a initial film we had sealed as a lead. It was an event we was watchful for, entrance during a time when we was removing shortlisted for roles though was incompetent to make a final cut. That was a proviso we used to consternation because it is not happening. we have mislaid count of a series of films we had auditioned for by then. For scarcely 3 years, we used to try for lead roles, ancillary characters, ads and anything else that came up.
I had finished sharpened scarcely 70 per cent of Zubaan when we started sharpened for Masaan. In fact, after sharpened for Zubaan from Feb to May in 2014, we stopped given a film has a winter portion. In a meantime, we shot Masaan.
In Zubaan, we play a really opposite character. Are we happy that so early on in your career we are means to equivocate typecasting?
I am really happy that we am removing to play such layered and perfectionist characters. we feel sanctified that directors are guileless me with such roles. There is a unwavering effort, too, to collect adult characters who are as opposite as probable from any other. This gives me a possibility to try myself as an actor.
How most unlearning did we have to do when we went behind to a sets of Zubaan?
I had to know because a impression runs divided from music. Personally, we had to know because a film’s director, Mozez Singh, came adult with such a character, and articulate to him gave me a good bargain of it. That apart, a impression stammers and we had to investigate that too. we used to revisit a debate therapist in Pune, sitting by sessions and interacting with his patients. Initially reluctant, they started pity their stories and fears with me. Later, when my stumble started sounding natural, a alloy asked me to stop doing it. He said: ‘By imitating it frequently, one can indeed rise it’.
And how did we ready for Masaan?
When we got Masaan, we was happy that we was removing to play Deepak’s character. But we could not describe to it or visualize a universe he belongs to. Initially, we sat down with Neeraj Ghaywan and Varun Grover to know his character. My initial anxiety film was Children of Pyre. we used to put a audio of it on and go to sleep. we wanted to make a sounding of blazing inferno and ‘Ram naam satya hai’ really mundane. we realised that we have to be there for some time to know a people and place.
After 3 years of struggle, how did roles start entrance your way?
All of it happened by auditions. Zubaan’s casting executive was Mukesh Chhabra. Singh, a film’s director, was holding a auditions himself. It was a really heated and tiresome process. we was called each day for a week to try-out for it — enacting opposite scenes and improvising. we even did a photoshoot with Sarah-Jane Dias, who was already cast, before we was reliable for it. For Raman Raghav 2.0, destined by Anurag Kashyap, we got a call from him observant that he wanted to test. He said: ‘The biggest interruption in casting a purpose of a cop, a formidable character, was that we are good boy’. He asked me to review my scenes and pronounced that he would exam me after 5 days. For 5 days, we changed to a home in Madh Island and removed myself. Anurag is my coach and if he says that he wants an additional like me in a scene, we would gladly do that.
You spent a few years doing theatre. What done we do so?
That’s a preference we took while operative as an partner executive for Gangs of Wasseypur. All a lead characters — Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Richa Chadda have a entertainment background. we wanted to work in entertainment to gloss my craft. One day, Manav Kaul asked me to make a proclamation before a start of a play during Prithvi Theatre. That was my initial entertainment act. we contingency have rehearsed that line some-more than 100 times.
When did we realize we wanted to join films?
During my engineering days, we were taken for an industrial visit. we realised that we can’t do a unchanging job. we was always active on theatre — holding partial in dance competitions, skits and plays. Earlier my father wished that we would do my post-graduation in a US and live a cumulative life, earning a income during a finish of each month. On training about my decision, he pronounced we would have his support though a onslaught was going to be mine.
Where do we see yourself 5 years down a line?
I don’t wish to do that. What has happened to me is approach improved than what we had imagined. we never suspicion we would have 3 releases in 2016; after Zubaan, we have Raman Raghav 2.0 and Sameer Sharma’s Manmarziyan entrance out this year.