Anupriya Goenka on Padmaavat’s Jauhar scene: Audience is intelligent to not get influenced in the wrong manner


And Anupriya got lucky quite early in her career. Anupriya remembers shooting for the most important scene in the film. Kudos to her! The most important thing for an actor is the experience that they get. Now, it cannot be addressed and compared to a 20th century when there are other options. The amazing thing about Sanjay sir is, he would give personal directions to even the juniors because everyone’s energy would’ve reflected onscreen. And in Padmaavat, I always dreamt of being in a period film. Elaborating on working with the director, Anupriya gushed, “It was a big learning experience. There is a chance to escape and have a better life. It was because that was the choice women had. He makes everything with so much love. But all those things shouldn’t be very apparent. So, is Anupriya on cloud nine for being a part of two back-to-back hits? She is also awaiting the release of Nagesh Kukunoor’s Maya in which she plays the main lead. No, not that both the films were scheduled for a December 2017 release, until the latter got shifted. He is very clear with what he wants and that’s what makes it gratifying. The opportunity of being on a Sanjay Leela Bhansali set can be the high point of one’s career. 2018-02-08T06:30:05+00:00″>
Published: February 8, 2018 6:30 am

Anupriya Goenka speaks on working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and how they shot the famous Jauhar scene. She is driven a lot by her jealousy towards Padmavati. Sanjay sir made it so real, it’s like he almost transports you to that era,” the actor shared. “They are two very big projects. Anupriya Goenka played nurse Poorna in Salman Khan film Tiger Zinda Hai. One is a Salman Khan-YRF film. “I’m blessed to be part of two such big projects and good roles. They also needed to be on the same page, feeling the same thing. It is intimidating for sure. Sanjay sir never likes his women characters to look weak, that’s the beautiful part that however many shades they might have, they all are very strong,” she explained. You shouldn’t be able to tell that she can be viscous or has a dark side to her. “It was a very difficult scene because of the magnanimity. While TZH wrapped up 2017 roaring loud at the box office, Padmaavat has already become the first big success of 2018. Speaking about how this Jauhar scene eventually garnered so much criticism, Anupriya said, “Sanjay sir has taken inspiration from the 13th century. So the approach to your role is elevated. The entire focus is on her so she has to carry the right emotion. But he always makes you feel extremely important to the film. Now, anybody in the public has the right to have an opinion. So according to his sensibilities, he has tried to match it as close to as it was. A still from Padmaavat’s Jauhar scene. If we start drawing such parallels and become so conscious, then we can never show murder or any heinous activity onscreen. It is a very intense and electrifying scene. She should look very innocent, extremely poised, royal, someone who has a lot of courage and love for her country. If they were taken captive, they would’ve been subjected to brutality by the perpetrators. The connection is Anupriya Goenka. His actor briefing is so beautiful, it gives you a high,” Anupriya said. Any discussion is healthy in that way. I haven’t seen anyone as passionate like him. The actor, who made enough news for playing nurse Poorna in the recent blockbuster Tiger Zinda Hai, was seen as Shahid Kapoor aka Maharawal Ratan Singh’s first wife Rani Nagmati in the Bhansali film. Understanding Bhansali’s fixation for detailing, not just in terms of script and art direction, but even actor briefing, how did he explain the part to Anupriya? Firstly, I had never seen movies being made on that big scale. It has been directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. And I feel dying with honour was far better than that life. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Anupriya’s screen time in Padmaavat might be less as compared to her previous Salman Khan film, but she does not have any regrets. So the comparison doesn’t make any sense. The scene has about 70-80 stairs and we had to go up and down hundreds of times and Deepika might have done it the most. In Padmaavat, we saw how Rani Padmavati and Rani Nagmati, along with other women choose Jauhar over succumbing to Alauddin Khilji. But, it is a story based on the 13th century when practice of Jauhar did exist. There was coordination required among hundreds of junior artistes, with Deepika and all of us. “The first thing he told me was, I want her to be something like a ‘meethi churi’. In Padmaavat, Anupriya’s Rani Nagmati is shown growing jealous of Rani Padmavati, played by Deepika Padukone. I realised how important it is to have your body movement, your diction, tonality, dialogue delivery and to be in rhythm because everything is musical. Secondly, I’m sure our audiences are intelligent enough to see it as a cinematic experience and not get influenced by Jauhar in the wrong way today. Maybe because Sanjay sir has such a great sense of music that even the performances he draws from his actors are very rhythmic.”
Anupriya Goenka’s character of Rani Nagmati was full of hated for Rani Padmavati. In that way it has been a very blissful time,” she said in an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com. And I had never thought I’d get to work with a Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He is the master of period films. What is the connection between Tiger Zinda Hai and Padmaavat? We would always be scared of influencing minds in a negative manner.”
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Anupriya will next be seen in Netflix web-series Sacred Games based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 thriller novel by the same name.