Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Swara Bhaskar’s New Leagueby Opinion Express May 28, 2018 0 comments
As reported by the reporter Kritika Dua, the impenitent honest women Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Swara Bhaskar discussed about how satisfying it was to be part of a light-hearted film ‘ Veere di Wedding’ that celebrates female friendship, an unusual sight in Bollywood.
Sonam Kapoor was quite taken in by Bridesmaids and Ocean’s 8, the last overturning the concept of heist drama. Which is why she is so passionate about Veere Di Wedding. The girl bonding is breaking several moulds — the first commercial buddy film which celebrates female friendship rather than focussing on men or their love life. When asked how liberating was it for Sonam Kapoor Ahuja to be a part of such a project, she replied, “It’s very encouraging to know that films like this are being helmed, financed and made. We hope that it does well.” By the looks of the trailer and songs it seems like they had a blast on set, Sonam agreed, “We were working hard but the most amazing part was when we used to sit together and eat our lunch and dinner, in that whole process we really became friends, Swara and I were already friends, Bebo and I had a relationship. But when all four of us spent a lot of time together, we became close.”
Swara Bhaskar said, “It was very liberating, I think the fact that in commercial mainstream cinema you have a film about four girls who are not falling in love with the same guy, is not about men and are dealing with their lives in a fun sort of way. A film that is headlined by four women and is ‘women-centric’. It’s not dark, doesn’t deal with an issue, no one got raped, there is no violence or injustice, it’s just showing four women and what goes into shaping their lives. That’s liberating, the fact that every film with women in central roles doesn’t have to be dramatic, a sob story or intense. I am not saying this out of arrogance as I come from that cinema and am very proud of it and films like Anaarkali of Aarah or Nil Battey Sannata.”
Her character in Veere Sakshi Soni is free-spirited, outspoken, a spoiled brat and a bit wild. “Playing this character was great fun. She is a rich spoiled brat, ultra-glamorous and is uber-cool. I have never done a character who is so rich quite simply, glamorous in the western sense and a role that is close to me culturally — in terms of language, being a big city girl and is empowered. She has a close bond with her parents and is spoilt a lot by them. These were some of the similarities but as an actor playing Sakshi was outside my comfort zone.” She used to joke with Rhea Kapoor that for this film changing into different costumes was only acting for her. “I was asked to lose weight as Rhea was very clear that she wanted Sakshi to look a certain way. I have done dieting, worked out and used to badger Rhea that, ‘When will I act, I am only wearing clothes, putting on makeup and dieting. When is the acting part going to happen’. I used to joke with her.” She had to build a character sans the accent and typical mannerisms of rich girls. “I didn’t want to portray a stereotypical character who’s like, ‘Oh my god! what’s going on’. You will see in the film that I am trying to give perspective and a dimension to her character which is interesting as well. Sakshi is a girl who is a snob and an elitist in her approach. But the moment she opens her mouth, it’s a completely different person as she’s a common Delhi girl who is foul-mouthed. I thought whom she used to spend time with while growing up and thought it was with the drivers, maids and watchmen which contributed to her free persona. She’s a wild girl but is not bad at heart, that’s the redeeming thing about her that she is a loving friend also. I have a really interesting track in the film — she is very entitled at one level but vulnerable on the other side.”
On how does she avoid being typecast in this industry, Swara said, “By doing everything that people told me not to do. When you are a heroine aspirant and enter the industry, a lot of people give you different kinds of advice and the most typical of them is if you want to be a heroine, don’t do a heroine’s friends role and my break was in Tanu Weds Manu as Kangana’s best friend. They also told me don’t play the role of a rejected lover of the hero and my next big film was Raanjhanaa and my work was appreciated. Then there’s the classic, if you want to be a heroine, don’t be a sister of a hero, especially a superstar as then you would be typecast as the sister material but Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was my third big film. Then there were advices like don’t play roles older than your age, don’t play a mother. I didn’t just played a mother but a mother of a 15-year-old in Nil Battey Sannata, my first solo hit. And then you are told don’t play a vamp and Anaarkali of Aarah is really a story of a character that has typically been relegated to the vamp space in Hindi cinema imagination. So, I think that how I avoid being typecast is by breaking all the rules because when you break all the rules, no rule applies to you. When you refuse to be bound by any category then how will they typecast you into a category. With Veere, hopefully, it will be another kind of breaking a category as I am playing a character I have never played before.”
The Listen… Amaya actress has always chosen roles that have left a long-lasting impact on the audience, be it Bindiya in Raanjhanaa or Payal in Tanu Weds Manu. “My criteria for choosing roles is very simple that is driven by selfishness and greed as an actor. I am hungry for a good performance and whenever I am listening to a script, I am always judging it on the basis of how much scope is there for the performance. If I feel there is a good scope then I am interested whereas if it’s an empty role with not much for me to experiment as an actor then I don’t do it. Until I am not excited to play a character, I am not able to do justice to it. I need to be fully convinced to say yes to a script. Even when these were small roles, they gave me the scope for performance and that is why people remember me for these roles and it feels nice to be be able to create a space in audience’s memory,” asserted Swara.
Constantly being in the limelight and the paparazzi culture never bothered Sonam as she signed up for it as an artist and actor. “I decided to become an actor at the age of 17 and never looked back since then.” The trolls and the negativity which celebs have to deal with on a regular basis does bother her. “At the end of the day when I think about it, I know that these people are only envious of the position that I hold, maybe not agree with my point of view and are basically jobless, faceless, nameless people who are of no importance. Their negative comments is the only thing which gives them importance in the digital world. And if I don’t give them that attention then they will hold no value.”
Her pattern of choices has been quite interesting so far and she acknowledges it as a great learning experience. “I hope I have grown as an actor and as a person.” After Veere di Wedding, Sonam and Rhea will be producing the screen adaptation of The Zoya Factor and Battle Of Bittora. “My sister and I like to select scripts that excite us and we can identify with as women and individuals.” As an actor, Sonam does films which enrich her as a person and an artist and eyes for the complete package.
She is considered a role model for young girls and the Khoobsurat actress believes that one has to lead by example. “I hope that the example I set is progressive and as a responsible Indian citizen.”
Writer: Kritika Dua
Courtesy: The Pioneer