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‘London’ Return

His film Namastey London may have tanked at the ticket counter but the entire experience has left Aditya Seal wiser. The actor’s mere presence in the film made people sit up and take notice of him

On the brief

The brief was that he was a rich boy from London, he’s a spoilt brat and sort of a casanova. He lives with his grandfather, who is a little orthodox and a little concerned about him. The grandfather wants him marry an Indian, desi girl, who could help him get his life on track.

On the role

It was tricky to play a guy who is a spoilt brat but not a jerk. There was no mention of him not being a jerk in the brief but I spoke to a couple of people and told them I was going to play my character in a way that he didn’t come off like that. There were scenes where I am being a little rough with Pari (Parineeti Chopra) but it was very important that I didn’t come off as a person who would manhandle a woman. That was an important character trait for him to have. But it was a challenge because all the three aspects of his character, rich, spoilt and brat, are not synonymous with me as a person.

On the challenges

When we were shooting in London, it was freezing! Though our scenes were largely indoors, shooting outdoors in the night was a challenge. And since the nights were extremely short at that time of the year, there were times when we couldn’t finish what we had to do. We lost a lot of time as we would have to wait for the next night to complete the shoot. We had to somehow manage that.

On the director

It was fun working with Vipul (Amrutlal Shah). He is quite chill. Since he had worked with so many big stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, I thought he was going to be a little old school and be, like, ‘I know what I am doing, so you have to listen to me.’ But he was exactly the opposite of that. If I had any suggestions, he would ask me to take him through how I would do it and say yes or no on the basis of that.

On the co-stars

It was actually very easy. The first day I was shooting in Chandigarh at the airport, my first day on the film’s set, Vipul sir told me that he would introduce me to Arjun (Kapoor) and Parineeti. I went and said hello, but I felt that they were a little cold. Later, I realised that they were shooting an emotional scene at that point and they were in that zone. But, later, it was pretty cool. After Arjun finished his shots for the day, he came to meet me. When I was shooting with Parineeti, she spoke to me so nicely. The ice was broken in that 5-minute conversation. It made me feel very good and welcome. And Pari and I became gossip partners! Alankrita (Sahai) is also a part of the film and I know her from earlier, so it was very easy to work with her.

On the response

People liked my work in the film. I don’t want to comment about the film but people have appreciated me. I got some messages on social media and one of those was from a girl who said she had a big crush on me. I posted it on my social media page. There was another message from a girl who said she wanted to marry me. So, it’s all good.

Future Projects

I am doing Student Of The Year 2. Shooting is almost done. I play a grey character in that movie. It was very exciting to shoot it because I also got to dance with Will Smith. I also just finished a film for Netflix, which is directed by Priyadarshan sir. It’s a beautiful story that has a lot of drama.

– Bhakti Mehta

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