'Margarita... established me as an actor'

'Margarita... established me as an actor'

Rising star

'Margarita... established me as an actor'

Her role of a blind lesbian activist, Khanum in the movie Margarita with a Straw (MWAS) was lauded by the audience and the critics. The film not only gave Sayani Gupta her first ‘big break’ in Bollywood, but also helped her shoot to fame. And now, there is no looking back for the actress.

Her next movie Fan, starring along Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) hit the screen today. Later in the year, she will also be seen in Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos and Nitya Mehra’s Baar Baar Dekho In a candid conversation with Metrolife, Gupta talks about her experience of Fan (not disclosing much about her role), her co-star and other projects in pipeline.
Excerpts:

How was it doing Fan?
I just have one word for it, amazing! I’m fortunate to work with such a team, especially Shah Rukh. He is great and one of the best guys to work with. Maneesh (Sharma) has done
fantastic job as a director. I am looking forward to see how audience receives the movie and my role.

What do expect from the movie?
I don’t have any expectation as such. I’m ok with everything and believe in my work only. I’m a person who does her job and comes back home without thinking much about it. But undoubtedly, Fan is special for me and I’m really excited to see the final results.

Anything memorable during the shoots you’d like to share?
It was the first day of my shoot when we all were done for the day and were packing up, before leaving, everyone hugged each other. I remember how Shah Rukh hugged me saying bye. However, to my utter amaze he came again to hug me and whispered in my ear, ‘You are really talented and will go a long way’. Those were nothing less than golden words for me.

Any lesson you learnt from SRK?
Apart from being extremely gracious and humble, Shah Rukh is also technically very sound. At one point when I and Maneesh were struggling with a dialogue, he came to us as a rescuer. By changing one single word, he made the entire dialogue so easy for us. He is so sharp. One should learn these skills from him.

What changes MWAS brought in your life?
It changed a lot of things. The movie gave me a platform like no other. It established me as an actor. Anybody can die to do a film like this once in his or her lifetime. I’m proud to be a part of that movie. Also, MWAS helped me make many good friends and Kalki (Koechlin) being one of them.

What lessons did MWAS teach you?
I learnt a lot from my role in the movie. We did many workshops staying close to some specially-able people to get into the skin of the character we were playing. It was during that time, I realised how they live their lives to the fullest. None of them were unhappy; they were enjoying and celebrating lives in their own way. They taught me that it is not about what life gives you, but what you do with your life.’

How would you differentiate Fan from Jagga Jasoos?
Though I can’t disclose about my role in any of the movie, but both are different and exciting in their own way. Anurag is a genius. He is spontaneous and has a completely different set up for his films whereas YRF (Yash Raj Films) is more formalised. Everything goes with a
planning here.

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