Aparshakti Khurana, who debuted with Dangal and was recently seen in Hum Do Hamare Do, is now gearing up for his upcoming movie, Dhokha Round D Corner, helmed by Kookie Gulati. In an exclusive candid chat with The Free Press Journal, he talks about his film, the shooting process, and more. Excerpts:
How does it feel when people tag you as a commercial comedy star?
Honestly, I can’t take the credit. The scripts I got up until today are available for everyone in the market. I still don’t have opportunities to pick or choose a film. I am no Ranveer Singh yet. Out of ten films, I might pick up one or two, and Dhokha Round D Corner came to me. I do believe that working with a known production house makes things much easier. Frankly, with Dhokha… the process has become easier since Darshan Kumaar is my neighbour too. I agreed to do this film since it wasn’t a comedy.
Interestingly, for about 5-6 years when I was doing theatre in Delhi, I was only offered dark and intense roles. I kept insisting to my directors that please let me do some comedy but they used to shun me away as they believed that my body language doesn’t resonate with comedy. I totally believe that audiences decide how an actor will be. They decided Tiger Shroff is an action hero, Ranbir Kapoor is a romantic hero, and Ayushmann Khurrana will do content-driven films, but these three are very senior examples in comparison to me.
Heard you shot the whole film in just about 29 days..
We all worked very hard on the film, from our director, Kookie Gulati, to my co-actors. The film is literally shot in the shortest span of time in a bio bubble, which was a task. When Kookie used to say cut, we used to go and sanitise ourselves after every shot and then go back on the floor. I am happy that people are praising the trailer a lot, and I feel there’s an acceptance towards it.
A still from the film
What convinced you to do the film?
To begin with, the script of the film moved me. Kookie is a very stylish director and has a commercial approach to a subject, and I mean it in a positive connotation. When he narrated the film to me, I could see myself in the film. In fact, Bhushan Kumar called him and said Aparshakti should do this role. I feel blessed.
Do you discuss your scripts and professional details with Ayushmann?
He is extremely busy in his space, and so do I. Apart from being actors, we are both musicians too, so we both keep busy with our music too. We hardly meet once a month for a family dinner, and we don’t wish to discuss work at the dinner table, especially when kids and wives are around. It is only about personal talk. But, there’s, undoubtedly, perpetual love and respect for each other’s work.
How do you see your journey from here on?
I want to host, act, sing, etc. I want to play football with Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, or Tiger Shroff every Sunday. I want to do it all. But I have stopped planning since life teases you with surprises and shocks every now and then, so it’s better to take one day at a time.