Interview By: Drishti Pandey
Vishwas Kini aka Bhandari, whose recent release ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is riding high on success is getting all the appreciation and recognition from the audiences. Vishwas has been impressive and it is definitely an achievement for him to stand out in a film that talks about women and their issues. We spoke to him to know his ‘Veere Di Wedding’ journey and more. Excerpts:
“it’s a very important film. And as an actor it is very important to be part of an important film”
Were you nervous before the release to have a huge debut opposite renowned actresses?
I was nervous, I was sleepless and I was running more than I usually run; like I work out a lot but there’s so much anxiety that I don’t get tired. In fact I am having weight loss but I am not getting a peaceful sleep. The biggest thing about this film is that everyone is going to watch it. You keep doing ads, short films, theaters but then you know some people will watch and some wont but when you do a film with Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja; you know that the whole industry is going to watch it. So that is little overwhelming and intimidating for me.
So what were you expecting from this film?
As an actor whenever we play a character; we always take it from life, we take it from people who already exist. I have met so many people like my character Bhandari and the thing I was expecting from this film is when people see this film they will find their Bhandaris in this film and will be able to relate to this character. (Laughs).
When a character like this is so relatable and found in every second house; how was it to prep for it, was there a lot of improvisation from your end or did you just stick to the script?
I am very grateful to the producer Rhea and other producers who had cast me and saw Bhandari in me but honestly speaking I never saw Bhandari in me. My personal point of view is that it wasn’t written for me but that’s also something that excited me to take a path that is challenging and indeed it was challenging because I had to come out of an introvert shell because Bhandari is an extrovert so I had to become an extrovert person that too in front of Kareena and Sonam which wasn’t easy for a new comer. But that’s what I like; and yes I have improvised and the director Shashanka has helped me to improvise.
Talking about the producers of the film Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor; how was your experience collaborating with them?
This is my first big film and I have had a very smooth journey; they didn’t interfere in my creative process, in fact Rhea was very helpful and very cool to work with. We had trial of looks before the shoot and I had a haircut for the Bhandari look where Rhea had booked the whole salon. I was constantly contemplating because I wanted to keep a beard and my reference was all these Punjabi singers. So with the beard look I was thinking if Rhea would like it or no but then when she asked me how I wanted the look and I told her about the beard she was cool with it and gave me the liberty to do what I felt like. So that little thing made me feel like she’s very supportive of in the creative process and that’s the gift if your producers are like that. She let me do everything I wanted and the onset treatment was really good, they really took great care of us as actors. So it was an amazing journey to work with them.
With such an awesome experience, I doubt you would agree if I ask, did you have a second thoughts for this film when you were approached since it’s a female driven film?
Second thoughts! Not really. My second thought was more towards my character if I would be able to do justice to it because he is a common personality that you find in every party. It wasn’t something that you can go wrong with. You say it a female driven film; I say it’s a very important film. And as an actor it is very important to be part of an important film. Because you don’t get a lot of chances like this, no doubt it is a female driven film but I was getting to star opposite Sonam Kapoor and have a good presence; I just grabbed the opportunity.
What kinds of films attract you as you have ideally worked in all platforms?
I don’t even know if I have been part of projects that I really like to do but my personal attraction is emotionally driven dramas, dramas which touch you at a deeper level. Where you can leave the audience with something for a couple of days and a very good example would be the film which I really like is ‘October’. That film just moves you, after watching the film you still feel the emotions running back of your mind for a couple of days. I am more inclined towards that but as I am doing more work and more scripts are coming to me I feel that I end up choosing things that are really well written. It could be comedy; it could be anything but if it’s written in a way that I would like to watch it with the audience I quickly pick it up. I’ve picked up short films which are comic and which didn’t make any sense, picked up dramas but if it’s written well it makes you feel good.
How did you enter the film industry?
I am from a non-filmily background and I came to Bombay in 2007. The thing was that I was failing in everything I was doing. I was a musician and had a band in college and I was failing in that. I wanted to be an engineer that didn’t work out then I tired doing Bse but failed. I was failing in everything but I didn’t let it disappoint me; something just told me that these things are not meant for you, but something else is meant for me and I kept looking for it. I am basically from Jalandhar and something of the ordinal of the fact that I would like to be an actor, we don’t even say it, we might think of it, we might feel it, but it’s such a big ambition to go to Bombay and act. I never had the guts to say that I wanted to be an actor but as I kept failing at other things somewhere my confidence was developing if nothing else is happening then being an actor is a possibilityand finally as my graduation was at end; I could see a black end where nothing was working out so then I decided not to do anything else but to try out acting and then let’s see what happens.
So with this experience how welcoming was the industry?
Honesty I took it like a school and I still take it like a school. I am very welcoming of the journey in the film industry; I don’t care if the journey is welcoming of me. I was very welcoming of the fact that I am getting to do what I always wanted to do and not even once I had a thought that I would fail at this; I didn’t give myself an option. No matter how many years it will take but this is what I want to do in life. So once I started thinking like that even rejection was no fear to me because I had already seen so many rejections before coming to Bombay. So, rejection doesn’t really scare me or disappoint me anymore it is to move on to something else; so it’s all welcoming.