Despite his debut film ‘Mirzya’ not striking gold at the box office, Harshvardhan Kapoor is unperturbed. The actor has moved on and is single-mindedly focused on his next. BT caught up with him at a recent event. Excerpts from the interview:
Yes. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting ‘Mirzya’ to set the box office on fire. Obviously, it would have been nicer had it opened with slightly better numbers. It wasn’t a commercial film and it’s safe to say that now. Actually, you don’t know what is mainstream and what is not until it’s really put out there. I’m also in a way discovering the sensibilities of the audience as I go along.
People found many flaws in it…
I’m not saying ‘Mirzya’ was the most perfect film. In fact, I’m the first one to admit that it was a flawed film. But most films are flawed. It was visually enchanting and musically stunning, though. And as newcomers, we didn’t do anything glamourous or starry in it. I had dirt all over and sported a full-grown beard. Rajasthani stable boys and warriors are like that. So, the learning is that you go from story to story. I understand people universally couldn’t connect much with the film. Some people liked it and they did let me know. My next with Vikramaditya Motwane is a lot more accessible in that sense.
You once assisted Anurag Kashyap and now he’s producing the film that Vikramaditya Motwane’s directing with you.
It feels amazing to switch sides. I have shot half of the film. And this is the most special time of our lives. ‘Lootera’, which Vikram directed, wasn’t mainstream; my last release was also not a mainstream movie. So, we’re both heading in the same direction. I assisted Anurag and now he’s writing dialogue for this movie. In any case, this boy gang barely does something mainstream. So, with this action-vigilante drama, they’ll break several expectations. It’s Vikram’s most commercial film to date.
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