‘Ananya is a catalyst within the transformation of Ajju to Aziz,’ says Mrunal Thakur, who stars reverse Farhan Akhtar in Toofaan.
Mrunal Thakur, who co-stars with Farhan Akhtar in Toofaan, is having a busy day chatting with the press about her movie directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. We handle a couple of 15-minute-long dialog, stretching it by simply an extra minute (a lot to the PR agent’s chagrin) about her character Ananya, her expertise on set with Mehra and Akhtar, and whether or not Bollywood filmmakers have a behavior of giving secondary roles to actresses.
Thakur carved a reputation for herself within the leisure business with the Balaji cleaning soap Kumkum Bhagya. She made her big-screen debut with Love Sonia, a drama that recounts the story of two sisters trapped in a human trafficking ring. Thakur branched out to Bollywood with Super 30. She then went on to star reverse John Abraham in Batla House, and was seen in Karan Johar’s brief in Netflix’s anthology Ghost Stories.
In Toofaan, Thakur performs Ananya, a younger physician who turns into entwined in Ajju’s (Akhtar) life as he alters his life after discovering a way of goal in boxing. Besides, his coach Nana Prabhu (Paresh Rawal), Ananya is instrumental in Ajju’s progress: he goes from the streets of Dongri to turn into a national-level boxer. “Ananya is a catalyst in the transformation of Ajju to Aziz,” she tells Firstpost.
After Toofaan, Thakur’s subsequent launch is Jersey, a remake of Nani’s Tamil sports activities drama, with Shahid Kapoor.
Written by Anjum Rajabali and Vijay Maurya, Toofaan additionally stars Supriya Pathak Shah and Hussain Dalal in pivotal roles. The sports activities drama will arrive on Amazon Prime Video India on 16 July.
Excerpts from the interview:
Can you inform us one thing about your character Ananya?
Ananya is that this candy woman, she’s a physician by career. Ananya is a catalyst within the transformation of Ajju to Aziz Ali, the boxer, the champion. She is that one one that exists in everybody’s lives. She can most likely exist within the type of a mom, a brother, a girlfriend or a boyfriend, a husband or a spouse. She is like that one individual in your loved ones who will at all times push you it doesn’t matter what. I’m actually blessed to play this half.
In the trailer, we see Ajju face hindrances and failure in his journey. When you face failure, you are usually harsh on your self and let self-doubt eat you, because it does Ajju. Ananya appears to have a number of persistence and empathy for him. How did you channel these feelings into your character?
There are two varieties of folks I’ve met: Those who undergo a number of issues of their lives and so they victimise themselves or those that, regardless of issues, deal with the positives. Ananya is a damaged soul and there was a number of ache she needed to undergo. But she by no means victimises herself. She is at all times a ray of sunshine or hope. She at all times makes certain the folks round her are comfortable.
Rakeysh sir at all times advised me to discuss with any (painful) incidents that occurred in my life. He advised me that the largest instrument that has an actor has is turning to their recollections. He stated that when I’m enacting a scene I have to relate it to my private life and all these recollections play an vital position.
It was tough. There have been instances when Farhan would give me a number of vitality and assist. He would at all times push me to carry out higher. Ananya is an amalgamation of what Rakeysh sir thinks, what Mrunal is, what Farhan’s character thinks about Ananya.
What have been your learnings from being on the set of Toofaan?
As an actor, I imagine it will be significant so that you can observe these round you. The energy of statement is so sturdy. It helps you not simply in your efficiency onscreen however even in your on a regular basis life. I began observing what Farhan would do between takes – he would simply sit in a nook, put his headphones on and hearken to music. He can be in his zone. I needed to know what he was listening to (as a result of it appeared to assist his course of). I began on the lookout for a tune that might outline Ananya’s journey. Then I got here throughout ‘Her Grace’ by Maverick Sabre. This tune defines who Ananya is, what her journey is all about. After watching Toofaan, I might request you all to hearken to this tune as nicely. Every time I used to be away from the set or once I returned from different shoots, it was tough for me to get into character. I had this tune on loop for nearly a 12 months as we shot the movie.
Rakeysh sir is one actor who would by no means put stress on his actors. The second actors begin feeling the stress, their efficiency turns into restricted. He used to say, “I got the best shot. Now let’s do one last take. Do anything you want to.” He needed us to stay to the scene however gave us the liberty to do no matter we felt like. The most magical moments would come out of these pictures.
Our fabulous DoP Jay Oza would centrally gentle the units and there wouldn’t be a lot time between the broad and the shut shot. He additionally believed that lesser time given to an actor would imply higher for them to remain within the temper (of the character). I used to be blessed to have this dream group. Pranav Shukla, our sound designer, made certain that I would not need to dub the movie. There was lower than a p.c of the dialogue that I needed to dub. When you are on a set and it is an actual location, recording sound is a really tough course of. Especially in areas like Nagpada and Dongri the place there’s not even sufficient area for folks to face, we have been capturing there.
There’s a recurring sample of giving feminine actors the secondary position and even sidelining them from the narrative, one thing that is seen even in your filmography. You’ve been paired in opposition to Hrithik Roshan in Super 30, John Abraham in Batla House, now with Farhan Akhtar in Toofaan. What are your feedback on this?
In the movie, it is Ananya who pushes Aziz (to achieve his aim). I’m actually comfortable that Rakeysh sir forged me on this movie and gave me such a powerful position. Ananya is not only a lady who’s sitting at residence, ready for her husband to come back again and to cook dinner for him. She’s additionally a physician, she’s an expert.
Things are altering now in Bollywood. When my colleagues noticed the trailer they have been so comfortable to see that Ananya bought the identical display time as Farhan. There have been trailers (of my previous movies) the place I wasn’t even in them. There are additionally a number of female-centric roles being written now. Even OTT platforms have on condition that choice. The viewers is getting smarter, they need to see one thing actual. They do not need to see the identical cliched issues.
What do you must say in regards to the vital age hole between male actors and feminine actors, particularly in a romantic story?
I believe it is a half and parcel of being within the business. It’s extra of a industrial selection I really feel. When I’m provided a task, I take a look at what my character has to supply not the age distinction. If the pair look good onscreen and the viewers loves it, then it should not be an issue.
If you needed to work in a sports activities movie or a biography, which sport or sportsperson would you choose?
I need to be a swimmer. I’ve been hydrophobic and that is one thing I actually need to overcome. That’s my subsequent goal. I might like to play Rupali Repale. There are so many swimmers whose journeys haven’t been celebrated. If somebody is making that film, please attain out to me. I’m hungry to do roles like that.