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Jersey’s Geetika Mehandru: ‘On sets of Kabir Singh, I believed Shahid Kapoor was an arrogant man’ | Bollywood

Actor Geetika Mehandru has stated in an interview with Hindustan Times that when she first labored with Shahid Kapoor within the 2019 movie Kabir Singh, she believed him to be an arrogant man. However, she added that it was simply him being within the character. Shahid performed a hot-headed alcoholic in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s movie. (Also learn: Surya Kasibhatla, who has cerebral palsy, shares performing suggestions he acquired from onscreen mother Vidya Balan throughout Jalsa)

Geetika performed Shruti in Kabir Singh. She will now be seen as Jasleen, a journalist, together with Shahid and Mrunal Thakur in Jersey. Apart from movies, Geetika has additionally featured within the standard present Chotii Sardarni.

In this interview, Geetika shared that she needs to play a destructive character because it brings out the perfect in an actor. She additionally defends violent relationships showcased in each her current movies. Excerpts from interview:

You have labored with him in Kabir Singh, and now Jersey. What was your expertise of Shahid as a co-star?

I was a brisker and he’d at all times assist me. I was a brisker within the trade in 2019 when I acquired Kabir Singh. I keep in mind he used to ask me ‘that is the state of affairs and that is what we’re going to do. Are you okay with this?’ He used to ask me, and ensure I am snug with all that is occurring. He at all times requested for my opinion, and didn’t deal with me like ‘you are a fresher and I will not ask you at all’.

There are many actors who’re self-oriented, if not egocentric. After finishing their half, they imagine it’s over. Shahid shouldn’t be like that, he even used to chip in along with his inputs when the director would clarify issues to me.

How was your first shot with him whereas engaged on Jersey?

On my first day on the sets of Jersey, Shahid checked out me and he was like ‘I have seen you somewhere’. I had missed the Kabir Singh success occasion and it had been a very long time since we shot the movie. Also, I was this chapti si, moti si ladki (fats lady with oily hair) in Kabir Singh, and I was 10-15 kg down on the time of Jersey capturing. After a while, he was like ‘Shruti!’ And then he began telling everybody ‘Oh we worked together in Kabir Singh, she was there in Kabir Singh’. I performed Preeti’s (Kiara Advani’s character in Kabir Singh) roommate so, I cherished the truth that I had a small function, however he nonetheless remembered me. And, he was very snug that this lady went from a supporting character to a parallel lead (in Jersey).

What did you study from Shahid as an individual, and as an actor?

I have seen him be within the character all through the flicks. During Kabir Singh, I thought he was arrogant and moody. But he isn’t. He simply is within the character even when the digicam shouldn’t be on. On sets of Jersey, he was very mushy…that’s how his character is. That caught with me, I am now at all times in my character when on sets.

Because of Jersey, I spent extra time with him and acquired to know him higher. I realised he isn’t any individual who’s arrogant or one thing. If he preferred one thing about me, he advised me and I would go ‘You made my day, made my month, my year’. Shahid praising me for my work was surprising and large deal for me.

What was the perfect, funniest and craziest half of engaged on Jersey?

When 20-25 youngsters got here for a selfie with me after we shot in Chandigarh, simply 100m away from my place. And, Shahid telling spouse Mira Rajput, ‘you know what, she is Shruti from Kabir Singh’.

From standard TV present Choti Sardaarni, to huge movies akin to Satellite Shankar, Kabir Singh and Jersey – you could have labored throughout platforms. How otherwise do TV and movie industries work?

If I drink water for TV, I will maintain it and I will go sluggish, speculating whether or not this has poison. Sometimes I really feel ‘this logic does not make sense and why are we even doing it’, however we’re puppets of our writers, we do what we’re advised. Even administrators will merely learn (the screenplay) and go like ‘okay fine, do it’.

Do you could have enjoyable with actors, admitting how illogical the stuff is?

Yes! We have enjoyable and crack jokes whereas capturing such scenes. For instance, when capturing a crying scene for a movie or net present, I will cry and be genuinely emotional earlier than and after the shot as effectively. For TV, we cry after which we chuckle, and cry once more for the shot. Everything is a lot stretched in TV, you begin feeling like ye bahut zyada ho gaya (that is an excessive amount of). But I guess the viewers additionally loves such issues.

To ship 20 minutes (episode) each day is hard, for movies we just do two scenes a day. So, films are simpler and that’s the reason we get higher performing in movies as effectively. The stress is excessive working for TV. In TV, we even have dupes – if particular person shouldn’t be accessible or unwell, the dupe is used. For films, we wait until the time particular person can come again and that makes it higher. People join extra with movies. But I know TV has its personal viewers, they love us and as actors we should always do what comes our manner. I am comfortable about it. I love doing it, individuals know me for TV.

Kabir Singh was broadly criticised for selling mysognistic views and critics don’t anticipate a lot better from Jersey. In truth, the trailer of Jersey confirmed Shahid getting slapped. How do you see that sort of message coming throughout in your movie?

The scene that you simply noticed, that’s form of violent. But, there’s something very emotional, actual and passionate hooked up to that scene.

But, home violence is loads about ardour.

But there’s nothing like that (violence) within the film. Our dad and mom, when they need us to get married, they need the groom higher than their daughters. And, the man is meant to do sure issues, if the man shouldn’t be incomes, and girl is working the home (it turns into a special equation) Why is the person dominating? Because of the funds? That scene solely signifies that, the scene is concerning the misunderstanding between the 2 (Shahid and Mrunal’s characters).

Jaha pyar hota hai, waha haq hota hai, jaha haq hota hai waha bahut si cheesein hoti hain (If there’s love, there’s a proper and with a proper, many issues come alongside). Not every relationship is similar, even the identical particular person may have totally different sorts of relationships with totally different individuals. There are at all times flaws. Kabir Singh is the perfect film and execs and cons are there in the whole lot. While selling Kabir Singh, Shahid by no means requested anybody to do such issues. That was a script and we did it.


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