From adapting to the filmmaking style of Anurag Basu and doing out-of-the box roles, to facing hiccups in the release of Jagga Jasoos, Kapoor talks to Sangeeta Yadav about what he takes back from this film
- After three-and-a-half years, Jagga Jasoos has finally seen the light of the day. How does it feel?
It is three-and-a-half years of labour and love of Anurag Basu. He wanted to make Jagga Jasoos a universal film with music and adventure. It’s a little difficult to believe that the audience is finally getting to see the movie. Everyone believed in the project and was excited about what we were trying to make. Had this been an ordinary film and not that new or exciting, we would have all suffered and reached our limit much earlier.
- Who is the bigger jasoos — you or Katrina?
I don’t think Katrina is a jasoos, nor am I. But if we have to choose between us then it is me.
- What have you taken back from this movie?
The film speaks a lot about family values. We often, in our pursuit of success, forget our family and don’t value companionship. This movie has given me realisation.
- This is the second film you have done with Anurag Basu after Barfi. How was it different?
Dada (Basu) is one of the most brilliant filmmakers. The kind of work he has done on TV —around 10,000 episodes of different shows, his visual understanding of our country, relationships, love and other dynamics is awesome. You just have to trust him and surrender to his vision.
- What do you have to say about his style of filmmaking?
Dada doesn’t like to stick to paper. He has the story clearly written in his head and narrates it to actors. There no fixed formula or a rule book that he follows. As an actor, when we meet a director, we can tell if he has a story to tell or if he is making a film for the sake of having a full bound script which somebody else might have written. Dada’s intention has always been meaningful entertainment.
- Was this a difficult project?
The film was not hard for us as actors. It didn’t have complex characters and, therefore, not difficult to get the emotions right. The hard part was to stand-by this project. Also, it was our job to adapt to his style of filmmaking which is very different. If the scene was not coming through, Dada would change it then and there. He never takes too many retakes and his tendency to adapt to whatever situations we face on ground and the spontaneous changes he makes are amazing. Because the canvas was so big, we had to shoot for many days.
- Any scene which turned out to be a fun experience?
There is a scene where Jagga and Shruti are running away from the bad guys and we find a two-seater glider plane and start flying it. Jagga doesn’t know how to fly nor does Shruti. I give her the manual and she is saying 10 million things and I am doing those things but all this is done in a song format. It was very interesting because there is danger too — the bad guys coming after us. There is also danger of flying a plane. We also had to find a space to land. We had a lot of fun shooting for this.
- How has this film impacted your career?
I have had some major turn-around in my career. I faced major downs because some films did not work for me. But then coming back to Anurag Basu for this film brought me a lot of inspiration to do something different and learn from his craft of filmmaking. He was very persistent and passionate about this film and constantly trying to improve his craft. In between we got busy with other projects, but for years he kept working on this film alone. Every film comes with its own difficulty and demands. But with this film, we felt responsible for Basu, catered to his vision and were there whenever he needed us.
- Irrespective of personal issues, this film brought you and Katrina together…
This film is bigger than any personal problems. The film is the purpose for which we are together and we stick to that only. It’s just sad that people bring up personal issues in professional matters.
The article also got published in Pioneer Newspaper – http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/sunday-pioneer/backpack/basu-is-amazing-to-learn-from.html.