“Success has different meanings for different people,” says Rakul Preet Singh | Filmfare.com

If there's one name that has been popping up frequently on the credit list of some of the most interesting movies of the year, it’s Rakul Preet Singh. Within a seemingly short span of time, the actress has carved a space for herself, not just in Bollywood, but also in the Telugu and Tamil film industries. In 2022 itself, she had a slew of releases. Between playing a pilot alongside Ajay Devgn and Amitabh Bachchan in Runway 34 to essaying a doctor in Doctor G opposite Ayuhsmann Khurrana, she has explored quite the range. Making inspired choices has perhaps been the theme of the year. And she's coming back for more with a slate of upcoming films. All this while riding the “pan-India” wave. Excerpts from an exclusive chat with the fiery actress. Between Doctor G, Thank God and Cutputtli you've been busy. Some were shot amidst lockdown. What was that experience like? Well, yes, I've been busy and I love to be busy. And yeah, most of my films were shot amidst, the lockdown. Some were signed earlier on. Doctor G and Thank God were pre-pandemic and Cutputtli and Runway, I signed post-pandemic. But the experience was different. I remember the first day on the set. It just felt bad that we're in such a state that we can't have too many people, we had to work with masks, could not have a human connection, had to maintain that distance and still we were shooting. As things calmed down and opened up, we were all glad that life is back to normal. But, yes, there were a lot of challenges, and every production house and every team of these films put it all that they could to make sure that it was smooth, keeping the precautions in mind. You've worked with several A-listers right from Ajay Devgn, and Akshay Kumar to Ayushmann Khurrana. Do you feel like you've been ticking off your wishlist of late? Of course, I've been ticking off my wish list, because my wish list includes everybody I want to work with so many people I haven't worked with. Whether it's Ranveer Singh, Shah Rukh Khan, Vicky Kaushal, or Varun Dhawan, there are a lot of people that I want to work with over and over again. What was your biggest learning from working with some of your co-stars? Wow. Well, I think everyone has different ways of working. With Ajay sir what I learnt is that he has so much focus because I worked with him in the capacity of a director as well as my co-star. And I think he is so technically sound, has so much clarity on what he wants and is so focused. He's just so charismatic as an actor. Akshay sir is very lively. His energy, his youthfulness, even now - waking up at five, working out, getting on set, keeping the entire environment lighthearted and funny. It's amazing how much he loves his work and how much he also loves to be busy. And Ayushmann is a happy-go-lucky Punjabi boy, really talented, and very spontaneous. So, yeah, different traits are what I picked up or learned from each one of them. And I think at the end of the day, you see everyone's journey and you get the reassurance that only hard work's the way to everlasting success. You’ve been making some interesting choices. So when it comes to choosing roles, what are the most important factors for you? I think it's a permutation combination. Sometimes I want to work with the director and I feel that the film is giving me that opportunity or a co-star. But most of the time I want my characters to be meaty. I want to add value to the script. And here onwards, that's going to be my basis of selection. I feel an actor's job is to be different in every film, which is why Runway 34 is very different from Doctor G or Cutputtli, and so are Chhatriwali and De De Pyaar De. So all the films are different genres and have different looks. And I think that's what gives me a sense of having done something new. What's your process of getting in and out of character? Every film has a different process. Certain films don't require a process. And then there are certain films like Runway 34, which required us to know how to fly a plane, at least learn, and take a few classes to understand what the cockpit is like. The body language of Tanya Albuquerque is very different from how I am in real life. And in Doctor G, again, I had to do diction classes to make sure I'm getting the nuances right and take some gynaecology classes as well. There's another thriller that I am currently shooting which was completely unwrapping and peeling a new kind of format which I enjoyed. You have also worked across industries. Can you share some thoughts on the current pan-India wave? Well, I feel that it's great. It's great that due to the pandemic, regional cinema has also got a set of audiences. I strongly believe that this was already happening. A lot of people already saw content from different regions. But now it's more in the forefront. There are no boundaries. At the end of the day, you're judging a film by its emotion and its content and the way it's shot and what it's doing to the audiences, and that's a great time to be in. Would you say you're at a point in your career where you can tell if a film will be a success? In today's day and age, you cannot tell if any film would be a success. I don't think that box office success defines whether it's a good film or a bad film. Success has different meanings for different people. What kind of roles are you looking forward to doing next? I want to experiment. I want to do different kinds of roles. I want to do a love story. I want to do an out-and-out comedy. I want to do something entertaining, and lighthearted right now. Besides, of course, to keep experimenting also. But yeah, I think the first thing on my mind right now is a love story or a historical one. I hope I get it. Adblock test (Why?) Read More »

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