After Masaan, actress Shweta Tripathi is gearing up for the release of Haraamkhor that stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui along with her.
This film, a Shlok Sharma directorial, fought a battle against the censor board for a long time and is finally slated to release on January 13. In an interview with us, Tripathi revealed that the definition of commercial cinema has changed in last few years and Bollywood superstars are now open to experiment with their characters.
Excerpts of the interview.
The film was stuck with the censors for a long time. What kept you going for all this while?
Giving up and losing hope was not an option. This is technically my first film because I shot for it before Masaan. I knew that it would release someday or the other because it is a simplistic story. I was let down as an artist because we didn't make this film for money. It was made for people because this is what happens in reality. We have tried to make an honest film and we wanted to let people give out the verdict.
Haraamkhor is clashing with xXx and OK Jaanu. Are you worried about the clash?
This film will find its audience because every film has its journey and every film has an audience. Haraamkhor will leave a mark and people who liked the trailer will definitely buy a ticket to watch it in theatre.
Do you think Nawazuddin Siddiqui has evolved as an actor in the last three years?
I think Haraamkhor getting postponed is a blessing in disguise because over the years Nawazuddin Siddiqui has built his own brand. Like him, even I want to do big commercial films because that would help me find an audience. There is nothing wrong with commercial cinema as long as it is a good film. Look at Dangal. It is the perfect example of a good commercial film.
What are your thoughts on today's commercial Hindi cinema?
The definition of commercial cinema has changed in last few years. Salman is doing a film like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Aamir doing a film like Dangal, Shah Rukh Khan doing a film like Dear Zindagi. There was a phase in Bollywood when commercial cinema was synonymous to mind-less films but now time has changed. I am grateful that these actors are experimenting because when they step out of comfort zone, it also gives courage to actors like us to take up risky films. I am so proud of Alia Bhatt for the kind of work she is doing. She did a film like Udta Punjab and is following it up with Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
Do you think a person needs something extra to be a good actor?
I think only good human beings can be good actors because the beauty of camera is that it captures everything. If intention is not right, it will be captured on camera.