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A Contemporary Guy

Sometimes, it is the power of a strong supporting cast that makes a film look as good as it does on the big screen. Priyanshu Painyuli, who has taken his role to the next level with his incredible acting in Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, talks to Titas Chowdhury about his role and much more. 

On The Brief

(Vikramaditya) Motwane sir did not give us any brief, as such. He let us read the script and then asked us to explore our characters. When I read the script, it was very clear that Bhavesh was an activist at heart. He is the kind of guy who believes in doing small things around him and that is what matters to him. I also wanted to play someone contemporary. If you see the film, we have three guys drinking beer, talking to girls and enjoying themselves. They are not serious about what they are doing. They are not revolutionaries. They have their own pace and time. From the beginning, for me, it was about exploring the character.

On The Role

I did not really have any reference point. I wanted to make my character look very convincing, real and like a contemporary guy – somebody like me. More than anything, it was more of our chemistry which Motwane sir had to build between me, Harshvardhan (Kapoor) and Ashish (Verma). It was his idea that Harshvardhan and I stay together. We are more like brothers in the film. They actually put us together in an Airbnb apartment in Mumbai for a month or so. The three of us became friends and that helped us to play our characters.

On The Challenges

The action was really tough. Harsh and I went through intensive martial arts training. I didn’t expect it to be so challenging. We wanted to keep it very real. There are real hand-combat martial arts sequences in the film. The three of us boys had our workshop with Mukesh Chhabra, for a month. I really enjoyed that and it helped. Those were the toughest days of the shoot for me.

On The Director

He is very sharp. He knows what he wants. What I also really liked about him was that from day one during the workshops he let us be open. I could give him suggestions. He has done so many films and he is such a brilliant director. We would experiment with the scenes. I was always on my toes, so that if he wanted something a certain way, I would be able to deliver. But you don’t always have to give him what he wants. It was also about what you are trying to show him. If he likes it, he will incorporate it.

On His Co-Stars

I had very few scenes with Shreiyah (Sabharwal). Mainly, my scenes were with Harshvardhan and Ashish (Verma) and the
ensemble that we had. With these two, I became friends very early. That really helped to connect and not overpower each other. We used to go and watch films and listen to music together. Ashish is a great actor.  So, it was a great experience improvising with them. The three of us were quite fresh and did not come with any heavy baggage.

On The Response

On Instagram, I am getting a lot of messages from people who have watched the film. A friend’s friend said to me, ‘We actually cried when you died in the film. We did not want you to die.’ People are saying to me, ‘We wished you were there some more in the film.’ These messages are very touching. We wanted to emotionally connect with the audience, and that is what is happening. I am still taking it in.

Future Projects

I am still in talks with some people. Once I finalise something, I will be able to say what it is. I don’t want to do only emotionally-driven movies. I want to do anything and everything that has a good story and a good character.

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