So, it makes business sense to make the movie characters speak in Hindi. However, I discovered the city more while shooting for Sacred Games (produced by Netflix). It is written in Victorian English. Hindi is something everyone understands. When I was shooting for Rangoon, its director-writer Vishal Bhardwaj suggested that I read the script of Kaalakaandi. That’s exciting. We shot in grunge and felt Mumbai for what it is — the enormity of the city and the number of people trying to survive in it. I had not consciously worked on this until recently when I read some books and tried to understand what technique is and how to make it better. Sobhita Dhulipala and Kunal Roy Kapur speak a different Hindi compared to them, while my character speaks a bit more English. By all means, make the movies in Hindi, bring down the kind of person he is to something more basic and make the background more humble. While most directors can tell an actor what to do, they can’t say how to get there. That they can do through trailers and posters. I remember him as a child looking at the camera when I was shooting for an ad. It is treated no less than like a movie in terms of art direction and costumes. What made you read books on acting ‘technique’ now? It is not just instinctive. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App I have never been taught. There is this amazing collection of ghost stories I had bought in the ’90s. The audience wants to sample the merchandise. We have shot Sacred Games well and we got our best talent for it. What about Ibrahim? Obviously, I would want her to be very good. When we take a chance with an indie movie like Kaalakaandi, it is refreshing to have characters speak the language that sounds more authentic. 2018-01-06T00:01:59+00:00″>
Published: January 6, 2018 12:01 am
Saif Ali Khan
Kaalakaandi could be just what the doctor ordered for Saif Ali KhanSaif Ali Khan on daughter Sara Ali Khan: I thought she’ll do a normal job but she always wanted to be an actorHappy birthday Farhan Akhtar: How he made the most definitive film on friendships with Dil Chahta HaiWhat’s Kaalakaandi about and how did you get interested in it? It is understated but scary. But I have realised if you are in the right film and looking the part, people are interested. Are you nervous that your daughter Sara is making her debut in Kedarnath? My acting like an ass on comedy shows with two guys dressed as girls is not going to guarantee a great opening. What I am most excited about Kaalakaandi is that the language used in it is very true to the characters speaking it. If you take the camera around Mumbai, you will discover different set-ups and people. Sara is passionate about acting and very hardworking. Everything has a real vibe to it. It is not reflective of real life. I’m reading it now and really loving it. If the characters are speaking in Hindi, they need to come from a certain socio-economic background. The characters of Deepak Dobriyal and Vijay Raaz speak in Bombaiyaa Hindi. When did you discover your knack for it? Not every producer knows how to market a product and elevate it to another level. By the end, his character undergoes a change. I play this man, who after finding out that he has stomach cancer, takes some ‘acid’ (a drug called lysergic acid diethylamide) and has the time of his life. How was the experience of shooting for Sacred Games? It is something people either connect with or don’t. This is a kind of maturity. In India, there is a new trend of sending the actor to do everything — appearing on Comedy Nights and other shows like a maniac for 20 days. I’m sure when I watch her film, I would be all nerves. You have excelled in comedies. Did the movie help you rediscover the city? I wanted to know how to be more effective and how to break it down. Since Rangoon, I have been working on a different frequency. It has only one day scene. I wish someone would realise that. Barring one day, we shot mostly at night. It offers an exciting story with a good arch for the lead actor. Ibrahim is interested in acting too. It is like many other books I thought I should have read earlier but I’m enjoying now. As an actor, it was interesting to have these small cameras shoot on live locations in Bandra and other parts of the city. It is like Macbeth, in that sense. I liked the script which takes a very entertaining look at Mumbai. I have pushed myself as an actor and had fun. It took us to places like Punjab Society, Andheri, Dharavi, lanes of south Mumbai and red light areas. The late Yash Chopra had pointed out after watching Yeh Dillagi and Parampara that I have good comic timing. I was not happy just going through it (acting assignments), I wanted to make it better and understand it differently. I can go through phases when I blame myself and think people don’t want to see me. Saif Ali Khan in a still from Kaalakaandi
Are you always so finicky about the language? It would be exciting when Netflix publicises it; the way they would do posters and trailers. I always had a sense of timing, whatever that means. In all of Karan Johar’s glossy movies, they speak in Hindi…It is misleading that they speak in Hindi. I have been lazy at times.