‘It’s an Indian story, but the aesthetic is global’-Entertainment News, Firstpost
In conversation with actor Harshvardhan about working with his father Anil Kapoor, preparing for the role and how to be an actor in this age of digital boom is a godsend.
Actor Anil Kapoor and his son Harshvardhan Kapoor will be seen together in their upcoming action thriller Tar. Harshvardhan becomes a producer with the film. Directed by Raj Singh Chaudhary, the film also stars Anil Kapoor, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Satish Kaushik. Harshvardhan thinks now is the perfect time to be an actor. He likes the idea of Tar release on Netflix because he wants the movie to reach a global audience. He thinks the best part of the film is that it doesn’t have larger-than-life characters, overbearing punchlines, or loud background music. Excerpts from the interview:
How is It’s different from other movies?
The beauty of the film is that the world shown in it is unique. But in addition to the world, the narrative is not a traditional narrative in the sense that it is not made clear to the audience who are the good guys and who are the bad guys or who is the protagonist or the antagonist? They’re just characters and it’s really up to the audience to realize how they feel about these people, whether they might like these people or hate them. This is the uniqueness of what we have tried to promote. I think it depends on how you see the world and how you see people and what you find entertaining and interesting may vary from person to person which will sort of determine where it takes you will lead in this movie. It’s a world where my character is an outsider and he’s kind of an urban man who comes to this town.
What do you think of the film’s release on the OTT platform?
It’s great because it’s global and it’s instantaneous and there’s no gap. Honestly, I can only see positives in the digital platform and Netflix has been an amazing partner not only in terms of financial support but also in terms of sharing the same vision. Being on the digital platform means not being afraid and trying to do something innovative. I want to share Tar not just with Indian audiences but with global audiences as it is a film that will appeal to people from different parts of the world. It’s a very Indian story, but the aesthetic is global. It has no larger-than-life characters, overbearing punchlines, or loud background music. It’s not a typical mainstream movie in that sense. I think it’s more of a global sensibility while keeping the Hindustani sensibility alive. It’s unique.
OTT doesn’t put you in boxes. I did Projector with Vasan Bala who was part of the Ray anthology and certainly not intended for theatrical release. I also played a supporting role in AK vs. AK which again did well on Netflix. I’ve had a lot of positivity and success and great reviews. I want to make films for young Indians, for global citizens and for internet consuming India. These people are not really attracted to the typical traditional Bollywood movies.
Your responsibility to the public…
I’ve always tried to push the limits and do new things. I’ve never done anything conventional or a typical Bollywood mainstream movie. So, for me, it’s a great feeling to do various projects and keep my audience happy. India is a multicultural country where I believe there is an audience for different types of films. So what I feel is that OTT streamlines the audience and helps the movie find its level faster. We are in an exciting time.
Have you always wanted to be an actor or was it obvious because you are in a family of actors?
I see myself as an artist and I can’t think of a life where I don’t have the chance to create. I’ve been watching movies since I was young and I’m a passionate person. So it was the perfect solution for me. I did screenwriting and comedy. I also produce Tar. I acted and I also want to direct a film. I want to be part of the whole process of making a film.
You are working with your father for the second time, the first in AK vs. AK and now Tar. How strict is he on sets and how does that work with him?
He is very laid back. I think there is no hierarchy in the sets. I’m very new and this is my fifth acting credit. Raj Singh Chaudhary is a brand new director and even for Shreya Dubey this is his second film as a cinematographer. Work in Tar it was like being with a group of young filmmakers making a movie, but on a slightly larger scale.
What other projects are you working on?
Well, I’m currently unemployed because I’m kind of waiting for the right thing to come my way. But I’m doing the Abhinav Bindra biopic. This will require quite intense preparation. I always like to do different things and play roles with lots of layers.
Thar will be released on Netflix on May 6