Interpreting Gulzar’s writing in Mirzya was a high point for Anuj Choudhry
I got this film via an audition in Delhi. The casting director was Dilip Shanker, whose team had asked me to audition for a scene. This was in August 2013. A few months later, I was asked to take horse-riding lessons. Then there were some more auditions. Next, I was called to Mumbai, where I met Rakeysh sir, who told me I had bagged the role. It was exhilarating to be in a film written by Gulzarsaab.
There were two scenes I auditioned for, one where I reveal my secret about my mother’s earrings to Suchi, and another was a confrontational scene. Both scenes are in the film. After that, there were lessons in horse-riding and workshops in Delhi under Dilip sir, which were life-changing. He always says, ‘Be a good human being. The rest will follow.’
On Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Rakeysh sir is a very gracious director. He allows his actors to bring their own contributions to the table. While interpreting Gulzarsaab’s writing, he gave us the space to see what we could bring to our roles too. For me, my proving ground was bringing life to those lines and to the vision of my director. I am also grateful to Rakeysh sir for creating an environment on the sets where I actually felt like I was living the life of the character I was playing.
I believe Mirzya will be a turning point in my career. I am here to do good work. I have a background in theatre, where I learnt to act and emote before a live audience. My first film was Teri Meri Love Stories; then came Angry Indian Goddesses. I am still only three films old, so it might be too early to say this but Mirzya definitely feels like a turning point.