'I have had sleepless nights'

'I have had sleepless nights'

Actor Parul Yadav, who is currently shooting for the Kannada version of '   'Queen' titled 'Butterfly', says that she can't better Kangana's benchmark-setting performance in the film but she's glad that she had ample freedom to give her own interpretation to the character.

The shooting for the film is progressing at a brisk pace and Parul points out that she enjoyed the transition of moving away from being an introvert in the first half of the film to a more confident person towards the end.
In an interview with Nina C George, Parul talks about her experience of working in the film.

How is it to be a part of the remake of 'Queen'?

The film has a universal theme which women of all age groups will be able to connect with. I feel honoured to be chosen for the Kannada version. 'Queen' is being remade in four languages.

Are you happy working in a remake?

I was a little apprehensive about taking up a remake because Kangana has already left an imprint with her stellar performance in the original version. I was a little unsure if I would be able to match up to those standards. But I have, in fact, surprised myself in this film and performed exceedingly well.

Was it easy to relate to the role?

The character that I play is that of a naive and innocent girl. Having been raised in Mumbai for most part of my life, I found it difficult to suddenly slip into the character of a shy girl. I didn't want to fake my innocence, so I attended a workshop. It helped me understand and emote the character in a better way.

What were some of the preparations for the role?

Since I am from Mumbai, I usually take promptings for my Kannada projects. But here when the director Ramesh Aravind asked me not to take any prompting, I was a little taken aback. But I took it as a challenge and mugged up the dialogues which I rendered without any difficulty. I had to also style my hair in such a way that it looked natural. I am glad that the character is shaping up well.

On working with Ramesh Aravind...

It was nice to work with Ramesh Aravind because he is open to suggestions. I always feel that a director should not be like a dictator but must be friendly. Ramesh commanded and not demanded respect.

Did you face any pressure?

I have had sleepless nights because I was constantly under the fear of being compared to Tamannaah, Kajal Aggarwal and Manjima who are acting in the other versions. I know that comparisons are bound to happen. But here I discovered that I perform well under pressure.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

I have been asked not to sign any other project till I am done with the shooting of 'Butterfly'. So I am taking it slow and easy for now.

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