Katrina Kaif talks to Sangeeta Yadav about the ups and downs of working in a musical adventure
- How was your journey with Jagga Jasoos?
It has been a long and adventurous three-and-a-half years with this film. For me, the journey will get over only after two weeks of the release, once I know how the audiences have accepted it, the critic’s opinion and did we manage to achieve what we wanted. But I am going to look at all this in an unbiased manner.
- Was it difficult to work in a musical?
No! It was so much fun. There are some musical sequences in the film which take the story forward and are not like regular film songs. The choreography is different. In musicals, the hardest thing to do is to tell the story through the songs and make it seem like this is exactly the way it should be. Those sequences were quite tricky for Dada (Anurag Basu) to conceptualise but now when you look at it, it seems so seamless.
- There have been a lot of ups and downs with this project. How did you deal with it?
The film was so spectacular in its vision that both Ranbir and I had a lot of belief in Dada, his talent to execute and to be able to achieve it. Yes there were days of frustration but most of the time we were quite excited to go on to sets and see what Dada was going to create on that day.
- What was the reason behind the delay of this film?
There are 29 musical portions in the film. Dada said that if a musical like this would be made again, it would have taken this long. What would have happened for a year-and-a-half they would have just prepared all the music, got all that together and then shot for another year-and-a-half. But Dada first went on floor and then prepared the songs, which took time. There were also some unforeseen hiccups and delays which happened but that is all a part of life. The audience are not going to see that or keep that in mind when they will come to watch this movie.
- What was your learning experience?
From Dada, I learnt that you should never fall back on the tried and tested routine. As an actor, always search for something new and be honest. Just be open to looking for a way to find a connect between yourself and the character. From the film point of view, I felt we were a part of a very quaint, classic, feel-good film. The simplicity and the magic of movies that we used to see earlier is what I took back from this project.
(The article also got published in Pioneer Newspaper – http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/sunday-pioneer/backpack/always-search-for-something-new-and-honest.html).