BOI: How has this film affected you as a person?
RK: Honestly, it has touched me deeply and I was very unsettled for nine months of my life. While shooting for the film, I had to dig deep into myself and I went to different spaces in my head which I had never tapped into before. And the minute there’s silence, your demons start coming out. So you had to fight your inner complexity and demons. Those nine months were disturbing.
Every shot used to leave me emotionally disturbed and Shanker would sit next to me and say, ‘We are good.’ And, for us, ‘we are good’ was enough. When you’re immersing yourself in a project, you need to be in the right hands. And, with this film, the team was spiritualy maintained and there was a certain air of calmness on the set. Right from our sound designer to our AD, everybody was so nice. The quality of people on this film was tops.
AO: For me, playing one’s dark side is the most fun thing on the planet. In real life, you are very nice to people and sometimes you say something which you don’t mean. Or there are things you want to experience but can’t. So, for me, it was the coolest thing to play this role. I learnt so much from this character.
PT: I think I aged while playing this character. I related this character to myself and to the philosophy of Saint Kabir and the writings of Shakespeare. Now I understand them better.
SV: The script impacted me the first time I read it. When I played my part, I didn’t want to stay in the character for long. I love acting and I love my space but it takes me to areas that are difficult to face in one’s life. But it’s there in me and I try to bring it out to whatever extent I can. If the script is written that way, it becomes your inspiration. You want to go out and do as much as you can.
BOI: What kind of expectations do you have from the release, in numbers or from the critics?
AO: I think 100-150 crore. Or maybe more than Baahubali. (Laughs)
RK: We are really happy that the film is releasing.
AO: I am sure people will talk about this film.
PT: One cannot measure art by box office collections. We only wish people come and watch our film. We are sure they will not be disappointed.
RK: Films are different and this one cannot be compared with other films. This film has many life lessons and there is so much to learn from it. In fact, it exceeds expectations on every level, not only writing, but on the acting level, direction, sound and other levels too. This film is extremely engaging and raises questions like, where are we heading, and what are we doing?
AO: I just hope people start talking about this film.
RK: This is a total mainstream film because it’s impactful. Any film that is impactful, that touches you and has a human connect is a mainstream film. Well, a film is a film at the end of the day. After a few years, it will be just a DVD.
RK: So, for me, it’s just that. After 20 years, if I see Madhumati or Mahal, I will not remember their box office collections or how much star-power they had. Since I wasn’t born at the time, I don’t know anything about their ratings or figures.
AO (Cuts In): I am getting goosebumps. From where are you getting all these thoughts? (Laughs)
RK: They have only seen me as funny, bubbly, stupid, dumb. I think I have shocked my co-stars.