Pranutan Bahl – ‘Acting is in my Genes’by Opinion Express March 30, 2019 0 comments
Actress Pranutan Bahl defines love as a powerful emotion which knows no wrong definition as it manifests differently to different people.
The million-dollar question is, ‘Can you fall in love with a person you have never met and only know through words?’
Well, actress Pranutan Bahl, who makes her debut in Bollywood with the film, Notebook, feels that love is a powerful emotion for which there is no wrong definition as it suits each person differently.
“Kabir (played by Zaheer Iqbal) and Firdaus (played by Pranutan) fall in love through words, without meeting each other, and just through a notebook,” says the grand-daughter of the legendary actress Nutan.
As Notebook tells a story that dares to be pure and sublime, Pranutan apprises us on her take on modern relationships and their portrayal in Bollywood. She says, “Every love story is amazing in its own way. I don’t want to categorise it as modern or how it used to be in olden times. Love is an emotion that has to be felt. It doesn’t matter whether we say it on whatsapp or through letters.”
Ask her about the pressure that she might be feeling as the film is produced under Salman Khan Films, she responds by saying a bold “no.” She says, “There’s no pressure from him but as you know, it’s obvious if such a huge superstar is launching you in the industry, you feel like giving your best so that you don’t let him down in any manner. And because you have got everything working in your favour, you ought to give your 100 per cent to it. You cannot afford to fall short at any cost.”
Pranutan, a double-graduate in law, has always wanted to be an actor. It has been a part of her childhood. However, she says, “I didn’t believe in not completing my education. I didn’t want to just finish my graduation quickly. Instead, I wanted to be a very educated person before starting to act. I thought I can start my acting career even at the age of 22 or may be at 25? Why to give up on your education for that? There’s no need to hurry. I did law because I think it is something that shapes you inside-out. It makes one confident and know certain things which are must for every inidividual to learn about.”
Pranutan says that she used to spend a lot of time on film sets after her school. It was like her co-curricular activity. “Subconsciously, somethings always influence you. They draw you towards themselves. It might be because of spending so much time on film sets that I aspired to be an actor. Well, acting is in my genes,” she laughs as she says.
Pranutan tells us that she fell into the lake from a shikara while shooting for the film. She says, “I don’t even know how to swim and It was two degrees out there. Shikara’s are very dama dol. I was in the narrowest portion and was getting down, the whole shikara tilted and I fell in the lake. It was damn traumatic.”
The actress says that it was her grandfather who kept her name as Pranutan. “He actually wanted to keep my name as Nutan but my dad (Monish Bahl) said it’s very awkward for me to call out my mom’s name like that. So he kind of made this name — Pranutan, which means new life.”
Pranutan is a firm believer when it comes to destiny and luck. She says, “Everybody has got talent but somewhere I strongly feel that everything has been pre written and it’s all destined.”
She feels no competition with other debutantes as she believes in celebrating individuality. She says, “Every one of us, whether its Sara (Ali Khan), Janhvi (Kapoor) or Ananya (Pandey), we are so unique in each and every manner. What you bring to the table, I can’t. So it’s not just that because Deepika (Padukone) is a tall beautiful girl she suited for Padmavat. She has got inherently those Deepika qualities in her which the director needed for Padmavat. If a filmmaker wants to cast me for a role, he’ll do that because I bring something unique to the character that he envisions. And if anybody can be cast for that particular role then that’s not the work I want to do anyway. It would simply not excite me.”
Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Writer: Ayushi Sharma