ANUSHKA SHARMA

Q. From the successful Band Baaja Baaraat to Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl…how
has the success journey been?
Yaar, kabhi jab main dekhti hun ki yeh film Band Baaja Baaraat itni badi success
hogi ya hume itna pyaar milega tho sochti hoon ye kissi one man show nahi tha -
I think everyone’s work has been appreciated on this film. I think somewhere as a
team we were trying to do that. Jab hum bana rahe the iss film ko, energies were
real good. It was a young team –and everybody was there to prove themselves
toh hum log ek film bana rahe the hum sab logon ko script se pyaar tha hum sab
logon ko un characters se pyaar tha aur hum ek film bana rahein hain Band Baaja
Baaraat, lekin ab jab main sochti hoon hume nahi laga tha ki hum successful film
banana ja rahein hain ya dekho ki main aisse performance karungi iss film mein
ya Director Maneesh ne soocha ki meri pehli film mein main dikha dunga sabko
ki main zabardast director hun. Kissi ka attitude aisa nahi tha, sab logon ko film
acchi lagi and we stayed true to the subject so a film like Band Baaja Baaraat came
about and I think koi bhi jo successful films rahi hain ab tak, I don’t think makers,
filmmakers, actors, technicians have ever thought that we are going to turn this
into a blockbuster we are going to turn this into a cult film. Aisa soch ke aap films
nahi bana sakte. You just make films with a clean heart, you make films because
you are in love with those scripts, you make films because you are in love with the
characters and you make them and then a Band Baaja Baaraat is created!
Q. When the shoot of Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl began, BBB was still running
in theatres and the experience of working on BBB was still fresh in your
mind-what did you feel when you were offered LVRB with the same team
(except for the three ladies) the technicians and the core team, you and
Ranveer are the same so what did you feel when you got this film?
See because I know Director Maneesh you know, I knew that when he is going
to set out to make another film right after BBB mujhe itna pata tha that he is
not going to make something even close to or similar to BBB and I knew that. So
when I read the script of LVRB I was like see I knew this – he is not going to make
another BBB. This film is the opposite of BBB and yet there are some moments
which make you feel reminiscent of BBB but in such a different environment, in
such a different space with two very different characters and you know they are
very different from Bittoo and Shruti but at the same time the situation might
remind you of something but the environment, the body language and the way
the characters are speaking – the way Director Maneesh is taking the shots, it
completely changes the whole thing so I think ki disadvantage or advantage or I
don’t know what you want to call it hai being that BBB is like a monkey on our
backs right now or for everyone who is expecting a BBB. So if people are coming
to watch BBB they are not going to watch BBB – they are watching a very different
film, a very good film and exciting film, a very stylized film and a film which has
intelligence yet it has emotions and a lot of freshness because of the three girls in
the film jo sabki I think sabki almost pehli film hai and I think aise three faces hain
jo kabhi dekhe nahi hain which has added so much of freshness to this film and
then of course there is me and Ranveer but poora jod ke ye ek cast ensemble hai.
Yeh technicians aur ye saari team jo assemble hui hai it’s the same almost but with
a very different film this time – yeh maine expect kiya tha Director Maneesh se ki
he is not going to do the same thing and yeh he hua and I think we have made a
good film!
Q. Tell us about your character Ishika?
I think maine ek baat jo identify kari is character ke saath woh ye thi ki jab you
know when a girl lives alone in a city like Mumbai or in a city like Bangalore or Delhi
you naturally develop a sense of independence, a sense of you know you start to
guard your surroundings and you guard yourself. You shield yourself very well and
you become street smart. I think that always almost happens and it’s a very natural
progression so even if you come from a protected family and if you are living alone
in Bombay you will become a strong girl who needs to take care of herself in a very
positive way so I think this is what for me Ishika is. Ishika is a very strong girl and
she is very intelligent girl and an adventurous girl. She loves life and she seeks
pleasure in life and at the same time she has her head on her shoulders and she
is carefully guarding herself. She is street smart, quirky and intelligent and I think
these qualities make her very relatable – like a lot of girls will be able to relate to
Ishika.
Q. How did you prepare for your character – did you go through a process
of readings with director Maneesh Sharma and with Habib Faisal?
After working with director Maneesh on the first film and with Habib sir I would like
to surrender myself to these two people because they are very good at what they
do and I think most of my energy as a performer comes from Maneesh and Habib
so you know when we do readings they’ll ask me to say lines in a certain way and
most of the time we are all on the same page but there is always this extra
direction that comes from director Maneesh which are these little nuances that he
tries to add in characters that I fully trust so there was preparation but the
preparation was almost like an activity that we all you know did together and this
was for the first time in my life ever that I have been a part of workshops before a
film. Atul Mongia (Acting Workshop Director) was there and actually the idea was
that director Maneesh was just having a workshop with the three girls and I just
said yaar why don’t you include me, let me also come for the workshops and I
actually realized that it really helped because it broke those barriers that we might
have had you know, it was like 5 people in a film so it broke those barriers and we
got more comfortable with each other through those workshops and understood the
characters better. Also when you are studying so many different characters
together you can easily demarcate ki yeh aisa hoga aur yeh aisa hoga verna there
can be some similarities that can come in but when you are developing the
characters together as a team with the involvement of Atul Mongia, director
Maneesh and all the actors then it really adds those different dimensions to each
character which was very helpful to make everyone look so distinct in the film.
Q. How was it working with the 3 Ladies?
The first thing that I feel is that every girl has been cast for this film so correctly
that I don’t think you could have had a better cast. The way they are in their real
life, the way they carry themselves and their demeanor is very similar to the reel
characters like Aditi Sharma is playing a girl from Lucknow so she has that little
tehzeeb in the way she talks. Usko waise bhi aap miloge kabhi toh who bahut
tameez se baat karti, bahut aaram se baat karti hai…who ji bol ke baat karti hai
aur who yeh film mein bhi kar rahi hai. I feel like yeh sab real log lag rahe the film
ke andar. Dipannita Sharma – Dipannita is someone who is very poised she has
been a super model and she is so tall and so stunning. She holds on to a certain
authority and you can’t mess around with her. She is someone who doesn’t take
nonsense and that’s Dipannita in real life and that’s Dipannita in the film when she
plays Raina. Parineeti Chopra – plays Dimple. We kept calling her ‘alhurd’ and in
real life also she is like that. She is very full of life and that’s what she plays in the
film. So I think these people have been cast so accurately for the film and I don’t
see anybody else who could have played these characters and acting with them
just became so easy because like mere kuch experiences hain unke sung jo off
camera hote the wohi experiences we were seeing while the film was happening
also and I think you can feel that on an actor’s level ye ek subconscious level pe ek
feeling hoti hai toh unko main observe karti thi even off camera like I used to keep
observing them and thinking yaar this is working so well because the reactions to
them used to be so real you know and so I think it’s a great mix. I really feel I may
be wrong but mujhe ek level pe lagta hai ki all the girls ka experiences gets put into
this one ladki so there is a Dimple in Ishika, there is a Raina in Ishika and there is
a Saira in Ishika. I think somewhere you know you live these things and director
Maneesh ne mujhe ek baar kaha bhi tha ki who un nuances ko add karne ki koshish
bhi kar raha tha and its come out really well. So yes I think the ladies are very well
cast.
Q. Tell us about some memorable moments with the 3 Ladies while
shooting Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl.
Mere sung aisa pehli baar hua hai ki mujhe itne saare actors ke sung act karna
pada hai aur maine kabhi bhi aisa film nahi kiya hai jahan pe ek scene ho raha hai
jisme 4 actors involved hain. Main Ranveer ko hamesha bolti thi you know when he
used to say mere sabse zaada looks hain mera yeh hai mera who hai, main kehti
thi zyada mat bol – I have to act with three actors because you see Ranveer alag
alag episode mein aata hai aur ek bar ek ladki ke saath hi hai but I am sort of like
the person jo yahan bhi hai aur vahan bhi hai that’s why there are three ladies,
there is one Ricky Bahl and there is one v/s and this versus is the conflict which is
with Ricky Bahl. When I used to be with the girls ek samay pe pehli baar toh ajeeb
lagta tha ki teen log baat kar rahein hain kis kisko reactions do so woh bahut funny
hota tha! Humne jab hamari workshop kari thi tab maine decide kar liya tha mera
attitude har insaan ke saath kaise hoga. So with Raina there is a little bit of like
kyonki who authority mangti hai so there is a little bit of respect for her – she is a
thinking person in that group. Then there is Saira she is someone jisko aapko kabhi
gussa nahi aa sakta, she will always be like someone who will hold things together
and she will always keep things together – she is that girl, toh uske saath hamesha
ek hum kya bolte hain mein polite thi is character ke saath. Dimple is someone who
is always getting into the face of people you know, she is a spoilt kid and there is
always ek undercurrent raha hai uske aur mere beech mein because of her
relationship with Ricky. So Dimple was someone who used to keep talking and
everybody was like okay Dimple fine theek hai haan now lets move on to this topic.
There was Raina who is instructing and Saira who was the calming force. I think we
have just developed like mera sabke saath ek relationship tha. Har character ke
saath there was a different level on which Ishika was interacting. The three
characters of these girls are so different from each other you know so for me I
think as an actor I have never done a film in which mujhe itne saare actors ke sung
perform karna pada – alag alag characters ke saath so mere liye bahut bada
learning experience tha yeh.
Q. How was it working with Ranveer in Band Baaja Baaraat vs. Ranveer in
Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl?
I think Ranveer has relaxed a lot as an actor since BBB. I think me and Ranveer
have over the past two years have also known each other better even on a personal
level as friends so you know there is a little bit of understanding that we have for
each other – jo maine kissi aur ke sung experience nahi kiya hai because Ranveer
is the hero with whom I have worked more than once so mujhe pata hai who scene
ko kaise approach karega aur usko pata hai main scene ko kaise approach karungi
toh hamari ek yeh understanding hai without talking to each other, understanding
baan jati hai and because hum log itne different hain as people and the way we
approach scenes – that creates a very nice energy you know in a scene. Abhi bhi
wohi baat hai ki woh zyada rehearsal karta hai main zyada rehearsal nahi karti hun
and director Maneesh ko uske sung rehearsal karni padti hai yeh toh abhi bhi chalta
hai but I think pehle kya hota tha hum ek doosre se irritate ho jaate the during BBB
ki yeh kaise karta hai. Like yeh kaise matlab … how does he work and he is thinking
yeh kaisi karti hai so there was that thing (laughs). Today we have understood that
yeh aise karta hai accha yeh aise karti hai so you know we have developed that
understanding of each other as actors jo pehle hum dono ko may be nervousness
thi. BBB was a difficult film for both of us and I guess that anxiety and nervousness
was too much but today we are more relaxed and I think we have worked better as
a team in this film than in the last. So Ranveer and me have this certain undefined
chemistry which even I don’t understand you know but its there and I think most
of the time it happens because of the writing. Iss bar the chemistry is there in
body language, its there with silence and its there with reactions- when you will
watch the film you will understand but its more in silent moments and its more in
reactions so that in a very nice way…that’s the main difference between working
with Ranveer in Band Baaja Baaraat vs. Ranveer in Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl.
Q. How was it working with director Maneesh Sharma in Band Baaja
Baaraat vs. Maneesh in Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl?
Maneesh is a mad director – he was mad during BBB and he is mad now also.
Like me and Ranveer always say he is like a bull – he is like someone who is just
so focused and he is so so aggressive towards his work. He has to get the shots
right. Sometimes you don’t know what he is thinking but I have realized after
BBB that Maneesh is a director one should just surrender yourself as an actor to.
I believe that I am a director’s actor. I need a director to get good work out of me
and Maneesh is a director who I can completely trust you know ki yeh jiss tarah
se visualize kar raha hai who correct hai sahi hai because he sees his script not
just on the level of the script but he takes it a little beyond and he always gives it
his treatment and always creates something else with the script. Obviously I am
sure director Maneesh is more confident with Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl I guess because
uski second film hai so somewhere I think there is a little bit of comfort level also
because he is working with the same team but having said that I think what I have
discovered in this film is that the more I work with director Maneesh, I feel that
every actor should surrender himself to a director. Maneesh will take out the best in
you. Every character he has treated differently – he has treated Dimple differently,
he has treated Saira differently, he has treated Raina differently, he has treated
Ishika differently and he has treated Ricky Bahl differently that too with so many
looks – so for him he had to really distribute himself into so many areas which he
did brilliantly.
Q. Tell us some fun incidents from the Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl shoot.
I don’t know about fun but itni chot aaj tak life main mujhe nahi lagi hai jitni mujhe
iss film mein lagi hai! Me and Ranveer had fallen off a jet ski you know in the water
and I am like that was just such a funny incident for me because I can swim! I am
a very good swimmer but when we are on this jet ski and we fall and the jet ski
topples and me and Ranveer have fallen inside the water where it’s not so shallow
and we are little bit inside and I was flapping in the water. When I reached out on
the beach I was thinking why the hell was I flapping as I know how to swim so I
realized that when you are in fear … that fear when you feel like you are going to
drown you forget that you can swim and I had forgotten that I could swim! So for
me like in retrospect I laugh about that – I have been swimming since I was 4 yrs
old and today when I fall into the ocean I am flapping my arms, yeh kya ho raha
hai yeh kya ho raha hai I am going to die so that was hilarious! I mean that day
was a very taxing day on the entire unit – garmi mein shoot kar rahe the aur beach
pe the aur sab jal rahe the aur the sun was very harsh and we had to finish the
scenes because we had those two days to shoot those scenes and we were doing a
lot of important scenes – it was a very hard day and this incident happened so I
mean ek baat maine realize ki that even when those days were tough days when I
look back I remember that funny moment so I think that’s a good experience to
walk out from. Then we have fallen off a scooter also which I was riding so before
the shot happens I am telling Ranveer I have done one recee on that land toh
bahut dicey situation hai yahan par toh hum girne waale hain. Main vapas aake
Ranveer ko bolti hun ki Ranveer we are going to fall and I am telling you main apna
weight handle nahi kar paoongi when I am riding and tera toh main bilkul nahi kar
paoongi and Ranveer is like lost – he is like nahi nahi its ok we’ll manage and all
that so I said theek hai we’ll manage and I am taking his support and thinking we
can control it and we have gone and we have fallen! Mujhse knees pe chot aayi,
hath pe chot aayi ,like you know elbow pe lagi and Ranveer ke paun pe chot
laga…aisa laga ki uska thoda sa scratch aa gaya hai and but when we reached the
hospital and we realized that Ranveer has had a bad burn actually, very terrible
burn and he was so sick for the next three days almost a week actually and it was
a tough time! So I think iss film mein hum itne gire hain but who humko abhi funny
lagta hai – now it seems like it’s really funny and it’s like we have genuinely given
our sweat and our blood to this film.
Q. What have you learned the most from Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl?
I think iss film mein… through this film I have learned a lot – ek bahut zyada
learning hui iss film mein on very many levels – kucch personal level pe learn hua
hai, kucch professional level pe learn kiya hai, kucch practical levels pe learn kiya
hai but I would like to say that iss film mein maine maximum seekha hai and that’s
what I remember this film as a very big huge learning experience.
Q. Let’s talk about Jazba which is your introduction song?
For me it was very exciting to shoot Jazba because I live in Mumbai and I am from
Mumbai and I have never how do I say… I have never experienced Mumbai in such
a nice way like I have while shooting Jazba. We have really tried to show every
aspect of the city, the essence of the city you know through this song – there are
dabbawallahs, we have shot at the railway station in Mumbai which symbolizes the
lifeline of the city – basically I feel like this was my first time to experience Mumbai
in this way to be captured on film – you know its unforgettable. Jazba is a song that
shows the spirit of this girl in a very positive way – that everything in life can be
turned into something more optimistic and to just enjoy life and bad moments can
also be enjoyed and I think she has this ‘this too shall pass’ attitude. Ishika has a
very positive attitude and she is full of life but at the same time she is street smart
and she is bit chaalaak… she is a little bit chaalu but not in a negative way you
know so this girl’s spirit, this girl’s energy, this girl’s enthusiasm for life pleasures
and adventures that she seeks in life – all this comes through in Jazba.
Q. Tell me something about the dance-a-thon song ‘Fatal Attraction’?
I have had most fun shooting the dance-a-thon in this film. So Fatal Attraction
is something that I enjoyed the most while filming – Fatal Attraction was earlier
referred to as dance-a-thon in the script – there was just this one line in the script
which said dance-a-thon and we used to keep overlooking it kyunki who shoot nahi
hua tha. We knew ki chalo kucch ho raha hai vahan pe and its very very important
to the film – it’s the conflict of the film and it’s an important part but when we
finally filmed it I realized that that little word in the script is actually so big. If I
can say so – that if it’s not there in the film, there is no film you know. So I think
the way the set was decorated – set designer Abid has just done an incredible job
with that set… it was supposed to be a sort of like a trance party in Goa with these
psychedelic colors and these neon lights and these UV lights and it was just so
amazing that just being on that set made you want to party. I was thinking that I
am in a party so for three-four days we shot there it was like for a party and the
music is so amazing. It’s the best set I have ever seen and I love the music and
choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant has very effortlessly made this whole thing and it
was just like these are moments that have been captured along with the dance but
the balance that she brought about never overpowers the emotion – its so lovely!
Q. Let’s talk about the song Thug Le.
I think Thug Le is a very very thumping pumping number- it’s a great dancing
number. It’s choreographer Shruti Merchant’s debut – you know it’s the first time
she is choreographing a song and it’s so different – it’s got a very cool attitude
with the moves and the song is also sung like that … it’s so boy v/s girl. There is a
lot of heat, there is a lot of energy, there is a lot of aggression but yet there is also
a lot of flirting so everything has been combined in this song and the set was just
so beautiful. It’s like heavy and everything is so larger than life in that song – it’s a
great celebration!
Q. Last words…
You have seen a lot of rom-com’s but if you are really interested in seeing a rom-
con please come and watch Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl releasing on 9th December at a
theatre near you!

anushka-sharma-ladies-vs-ricky-bahl-wallpapersMAHIRAM.COM had a recent opportunity to interview the gorgeous Anushka Sharma on her latest forthcoming film LADIES vs RICKY BAHL. Thanks to the marketing team for giving us the opportunity to interview her. THANKS ANUSHKA :)

Q. From the successful Band Baaja Baaraat to Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl…how

has the success journey been?

Yaar, kabhi jab main dekhti hun ki yeh film Band Baaja Baaraat itni badi success

hogi ya hume itna pyaar milega tho sochti hoon ye kissi one man show nahi tha -

I think everyone’s work has been appreciated on this film. I think somewhere as a

team we were trying to do that. Jab hum bana rahe the iss film ko, energies were

real good. It was a young team –and everybody was there to prove themselves

toh hum log ek film bana rahe the hum sab logon ko script se pyaar tha hum sab

logon ko un characters se pyaar tha aur hum ek film bana rahein hain Band Baaja

Baaraat, lekin ab jab main sochti hoon hume nahi laga tha ki hum successful film

banana ja rahein hain ya dekho ki main aisse performance karungi iss film mein

ya Director Maneesh ne soocha ki meri pehli film mein main dikha dunga sabko

ki main zabardast director hun. Kissi ka attitude aisa nahi tha, sab logon ko film

acchi lagi and we stayed true to the subject so a film like Band Baaja Baaraat came

about and I think koi bhi jo successful films rahi hain ab tak, I don’t think makers,

filmmakers, actors, technicians have ever thought that we are going to turn this

into a blockbuster we are going to turn this into a cult film. Aisa soch ke aap films

nahi bana sakte. You just make films with a clean heart, you make films because

you are in love with those scripts, you make films because you are in love with the

characters and you make them and then a Band Baaja Baaraat is created!

Q. When the shoot of Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl began, BBB was still running

in theatres and the experience of working on BBB was still fresh in your

mind-what did you feel when you were offered LVRB with the same team

(except for the three ladies) the technicians and the core team, you and

Ranveer are the same so what did you feel when you got this film?

See because I know Director Maneesh you know, I knew that when he is going

to set out to make another film right after BBB mujhe itna pata tha that he is

not going to make something even close to or similar to BBB and I knew that. So

when I read the script of LVRB I was like see I knew this – he is not going to make

another BBB. This film is the opposite of BBB and yet there are some moments

which make you feel reminiscent of BBB but in such a different environment, in

such a different space with two very different characters and you know they are

very different from Bittoo and Shruti but at the same time the situation might

remind you of something but the environment, the body language and the way

the characters are speaking – the way Director Maneesh is taking the shots, it

completely changes the whole thing so I think ki disadvantage or advantage or I

don’t know what you want to call it hai being that BBB is like a monkey on our

backs right now or for everyone who is expecting a BBB. So if people are coming

to watch BBB they are not going to watch BBB – they are watching a very different

film, a very good film and exciting film, a very stylized film and a film which has

intelligence yet it has emotions and a lot of freshness because of the three girls in

the film jo sabki I think sabki almost pehli film hai and I think aise three faces hain

jo kabhi dekhe nahi hain which has added so much of freshness to this film and

then of course there is me and Ranveer but poora jod ke ye ek cast ensemble hai.

Yeh technicians aur ye saari team jo assemble hui hai it’s the same almost but with

a very different film this time – yeh maine expect kiya tha Director Maneesh se ki

he is not going to do the same thing and yeh he hua and I think we have made a

good film!

Q. Tell us about your character Ishika?

I think maine ek baat jo identify kari is character ke saath woh ye thi ki jab you

know when a girl lives alone in a city like Mumbai or in a city like Bangalore or Delhi

you naturally develop a sense of independence, a sense of you know you start to

guard your surroundings and you guard yourself. You shield yourself very well and

you become street smart. I think that always almost happens and it’s a very natural

progression so even if you come from a protected family and if you are living alone

in Bombay you will become a strong girl who needs to take care of herself in a very

positive way so I think this is what for me Ishika is. Ishika is a very strong girl and

she is very intelligent girl and an adventurous girl. She loves life and she seeks

pleasure in life and at the same time she has her head on her shoulders and she

is carefully guarding herself. She is street smart, quirky and intelligent and I think

these qualities make her very relatable – like a lot of girls will be able to relate to

Ishika.

Q. How did you prepare for your character – did you go through a process

of readings with director Maneesh Sharma and with Habib Faisal?

After working with director Maneesh on the first film and with Habib sir I would like

to surrender myself to these two people because they are very good at what they

do and I think most of my energy as a performer comes from Maneesh and Habib

so you know when we do readings they’ll ask me to say lines in a certain way and

most of the time we are all on the same page but there is always this extra

direction that comes from director Maneesh which are these little nuances that he

tries to add in characters that I fully trust so there was preparation but the

preparation was almost like an activity that we all you know did together and this

was for the first time in my life ever that I have been a part of workshops before a

film. Atul Mongia (Acting Workshop Director) was there and actually the idea was

that director Maneesh was just having a workshop with the three girls and I just

said yaar why don’t you include me, let me also come for the workshops and I

actually realized that it really helped because it broke those barriers that we might

have had you know, it was like 5 people in a film so it broke those barriers and we

got more comfortable with each other through those workshops and understood the

characters better. Also when you are studying so many different characters

together you can easily demarcate ki yeh aisa hoga aur yeh aisa hoga verna there

can be some similarities that can come in but when you are developing the

characters together as a team with the involvement of Atul Mongia, director

Maneesh and all the actors then it really adds those different dimensions to each

character which was very helpful to make everyone look so distinct in the film.

Q. How was it working with the 3 Ladies?

The first thing that I feel is that every girl has been cast for this film so correctly

that I don’t think you could have had a better cast. The way they are in their real

life, the way they carry themselves and their demeanor is very similar to the reel

characters like Aditi Sharma is playing a girl from Lucknow so she has that little

tehzeeb in the way she talks. Usko waise bhi aap miloge kabhi toh who bahut

tameez se baat karti, bahut aaram se baat karti hai…who ji bol ke baat karti hai

aur who yeh film mein bhi kar rahi hai. I feel like yeh sab real log lag rahe the film

ke andar. Dipannita Sharma – Dipannita is someone who is very poised she has

been a super model and she is so tall and so stunning. She holds on to a certain

authority and you can’t mess around with her. She is someone who doesn’t take

nonsense and that’s Dipannita in real life and that’s Dipannita in the film when she

plays Raina. Parineeti Chopra – plays Dimple. We kept calling her ‘alhurd’ and in

real life also she is like that. She is very full of life and that’s what she plays in the

film. So I think these people have been cast so accurately for the film and I don’t

see anybody else who could have played these characters and acting with them

just became so easy because like mere kuch experiences hain unke sung jo off

camera hote the wohi experiences we were seeing while the film was happening

also and I think you can feel that on an actor’s level ye ek subconscious level pe ek

feeling hoti hai toh unko main observe karti thi even off camera like I used to keep

observing them and thinking yaar this is working so well because the reactions to

them used to be so real you know and so I think it’s a great mix. I really feel I may

be wrong but mujhe ek level pe lagta hai ki all the girls ka experiences gets put into

this one ladki so there is a Dimple in Ishika, there is a Raina in Ishika and there is

a Saira in Ishika. I think somewhere you know you live these things and director

Maneesh ne mujhe ek baar kaha bhi tha ki who un nuances ko add karne ki koshish

bhi kar raha tha and its come out really well. So yes I think the ladies are very well

cast.

Q. Tell us about some memorable moments with the 3 Ladies while

shooting Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl.

Mere sung aisa pehli baar hua hai ki mujhe itne saare actors ke sung act karna

pada hai aur maine kabhi bhi aisa film nahi kiya hai jahan pe ek scene ho raha hai

jisme 4 actors involved hain. Main Ranveer ko hamesha bolti thi you know when he

used to say mere sabse zaada looks hain mera yeh hai mera who hai, main kehti

thi zyada mat bol – I have to act with three actors because you see Ranveer alag

alag episode mein aata hai aur ek bar ek ladki ke saath hi hai but I am sort of like

the person jo yahan bhi hai aur vahan bhi hai that’s why there are three ladies,

there is one Ricky Bahl and there is one v/s and this versus is the conflict which is

with Ricky Bahl. When I used to be with the girls ek samay pe pehli baar toh ajeeb

lagta tha ki teen log baat kar rahein hain kis kisko reactions do so woh bahut funny

hota tha! Humne jab hamari workshop kari thi tab maine decide kar liya tha mera

attitude har insaan ke saath kaise hoga. So with Raina there is a little bit of like

kyonki who authority mangti hai so there is a little bit of respect for her – she is a

thinking person in that group. Then there is Saira she is someone jisko aapko kabhi

gussa nahi aa sakta, she will always be like someone who will hold things together

and she will always keep things together – she is that girl, toh uske saath hamesha

ek hum kya bolte hain mein polite thi is character ke saath. Dimple is someone who

is always getting into the face of people you know, she is a spoilt kid and there is

always ek undercurrent raha hai uske aur mere beech mein because of her

relationship with Ricky. So Dimple was someone who used to keep talking and

everybody was like okay Dimple fine theek hai haan now lets move on to this topic.

There was Raina who is instructing and Saira who was the calming force. I think we

have just developed like mera sabke saath ek relationship tha. Har character ke

saath there was a different level on which Ishika was interacting. The three

characters of these girls are so different from each other you know so for me I

think as an actor I have never done a film in which mujhe itne saare actors ke sung

perform karna pada – alag alag characters ke saath so mere liye bahut bada

learning experience tha yeh.

Q. How was it working with Ranveer in Band Baaja Baaraat vs. Ranveer in

Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl?

I think Ranveer has relaxed a lot as an actor since BBB. I think me and Ranveer

have over the past two years have also known each other better even on a personal

level as friends so you know there is a little bit of understanding that we have for

each other – jo maine kissi aur ke sung experience nahi kiya hai because Ranveer

is the hero with whom I have worked more than once so mujhe pata hai who scene

ko kaise approach karega aur usko pata hai main scene ko kaise approach karungi

toh hamari ek yeh understanding hai without talking to each other, understanding

baan jati hai and because hum log itne different hain as people and the way we

approach scenes – that creates a very nice energy you know in a scene. Abhi bhi

wohi baat hai ki woh zyada rehearsal karta hai main zyada rehearsal nahi karti hun

and director Maneesh ko uske sung rehearsal karni padti hai yeh toh abhi bhi chalta

hai but I think pehle kya hota tha hum ek doosre se irritate ho jaate the during BBB

ki yeh kaise karta hai. Like yeh kaise matlab … how does he work and he is thinking

yeh kaisi karti hai so there was that thing (laughs). Today we have understood that

yeh aise karta hai accha yeh aise karti hai so you know we have developed that

understanding of each other as actors jo pehle hum dono ko may be nervousness

thi. BBB was a difficult film for both of us and I guess that anxiety and nervousness

was too much but today we are more relaxed and I think we have worked better as

a team in this film than in the last. So Ranveer and me have this certain undefined

chemistry which even I don’t understand you know but its there and I think most

of the time it happens because of the writing. Iss bar the chemistry is there in

body language, its there with silence and its there with reactions- when you will

watch the film you will understand but its more in silent moments and its more in

reactions so that in a very nice way…that’s the main difference between working

with Ranveer in Band Baaja Baaraat vs. Ranveer in Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl.

Q. How was it working with director Maneesh Sharma in Band Baaja

Baaraat vs. Maneesh in Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl?

Maneesh is a mad director – he was mad during BBB and he is mad now also.

Like me and Ranveer always say he is like a bull – he is like someone who is just

so focused and he is so so aggressive towards his work. He has to get the shots

right. Sometimes you don’t know what he is thinking but I have realized after

BBB that Maneesh is a director one should just surrender yourself as an actor to.

I believe that I am a director’s actor. I need a director to get good work out of me

and Maneesh is a director who I can completely trust you know ki yeh jiss tarah

se visualize kar raha hai who correct hai sahi hai because he sees his script not

just on the level of the script but he takes it a little beyond and he always gives it

his treatment and always creates something else with the script. Obviously I am

sure director Maneesh is more confident with Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl I guess because

uski second film hai so somewhere I think there is a little bit of comfort level also

because he is working with the same team but having said that I think what I have

discovered in this film is that the more I work with director Maneesh, I feel that

every actor should surrender himself to a director. Maneesh will take out the best in

you. Every character he has treated differently – he has treated Dimple differently,

he has treated Saira differently, he has treated Raina differently, he has treated

Ishika differently and he has treated Ricky Bahl differently that too with so many

looks – so for him he had to really distribute himself into so many areas which he

did brilliantly.

Q. Tell us some fun incidents from the Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl shoot.

I don’t know about fun but itni chot aaj tak life main mujhe nahi lagi hai jitni mujhe

iss film mein lagi hai! Me and Ranveer had fallen off a jet ski you know in the water

and I am like that was just such a funny incident for me because I can swim! I am

a very good swimmer but when we are on this jet ski and we fall and the jet ski

topples and me and Ranveer have fallen inside the water where it’s not so shallow

and we are little bit inside and I was flapping in the water. When I reached out on

the beach I was thinking why the hell was I flapping as I know how to swim so I

realized that when you are in fear … that fear when you feel like you are going to

drown you forget that you can swim and I had forgotten that I could swim! So for

me like in retrospect I laugh about that – I have been swimming since I was 4 yrs

old and today when I fall into the ocean I am flapping my arms, yeh kya ho raha

hai yeh kya ho raha hai I am going to die so that was hilarious! I mean that day

was a very taxing day on the entire unit – garmi mein shoot kar rahe the aur beach

pe the aur sab jal rahe the aur the sun was very harsh and we had to finish the

scenes because we had those two days to shoot those scenes and we were doing a

lot of important scenes – it was a very hard day and this incident happened so I

mean ek baat maine realize ki that even when those days were tough days when I

look back I remember that funny moment so I think that’s a good experience to

walk out from. Then we have fallen off a scooter also which I was riding so before

the shot happens I am telling Ranveer I have done one recee on that land toh

bahut dicey situation hai yahan par toh hum girne waale hain. Main vapas aake

Ranveer ko bolti hun ki Ranveer we are going to fall and I am telling you main apna

weight handle nahi kar paoongi when I am riding and tera toh main bilkul nahi kar

paoongi and Ranveer is like lost – he is like nahi nahi its ok we’ll manage and all

that so I said theek hai we’ll manage and I am taking his support and thinking we

can control it and we have gone and we have fallen! Mujhse knees pe chot aayi,

hath pe chot aayi ,like you know elbow pe lagi and Ranveer ke paun pe chot

laga…aisa laga ki uska thoda sa scratch aa gaya hai and but when we reached the

hospital and we realized that Ranveer has had a bad burn actually, very terrible

burn and he was so sick for the next three days almost a week actually and it was

a tough time! So I think iss film mein hum itne gire hain but who humko abhi funny

lagta hai – now it seems like it’s really funny and it’s like we have genuinely given

our sweat and our blood to this film.

Q. What have you learned the most from Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl?

I think iss film mein… through this film I have learned a lot – ek bahut zyada

learning hui iss film mein on very many levels – kucch personal level pe learn hua

hai, kucch professional level pe learn kiya hai, kucch practical levels pe learn kiya

hai but I would like to say that iss film mein maine maximum seekha hai and that’s

what I remember this film as a very big huge learning experience.

Q. Let’s talk about Jazba which is your introduction song?

For me it was very exciting to shoot Jazba because I live in Mumbai and I am from

Mumbai and I have never how do I say… I have never experienced Mumbai in such

a nice way like I have while shooting Jazba. We have really tried to show every

aspect of the city, the essence of the city you know through this song – there are

dabbawallahs, we have shot at the railway station in Mumbai which symbolizes the

lifeline of the city – basically I feel like this was my first time to experience Mumbai

in this way to be captured on film – you know its unforgettable. Jazba is a song that

shows the spirit of this girl in a very positive way – that everything in life can be

turned into something more optimistic and to just enjoy life and bad moments can

also be enjoyed and I think she has this ‘this too shall pass’ attitude. Ishika has a

very positive attitude and she is full of life but at the same time she is street smart

and she is bit chaalaak… she is a little bit chaalu but not in a negative way you

know so this girl’s spirit, this girl’s energy, this girl’s enthusiasm for life pleasures

and adventures that she seeks in life – all this comes through in Jazba.

Q. Tell me something about the dance-a-thon song ‘Fatal Attraction’?

I have had most fun shooting the dance-a-thon in this film. So Fatal Attraction

is something that I enjoyed the most while filming – Fatal Attraction was earlier

referred to as dance-a-thon in the script – there was just this one line in the script

which said dance-a-thon and we used to keep overlooking it kyunki who shoot nahi

hua tha. We knew ki chalo kucch ho raha hai vahan pe and its very very important

to the film – it’s the conflict of the film and it’s an important part but when we

finally filmed it I realized that that little word in the script is actually so big. If I

can say so – that if it’s not there in the film, there is no film you know. So I think

the way the set was decorated – set designer Abid has just done an incredible job

with that set… it was supposed to be a sort of like a trance party in Goa with these

psychedelic colors and these neon lights and these UV lights and it was just so

amazing that just being on that set made you want to party. I was thinking that I

am in a party so for three-four days we shot there it was like for a party and the

music is so amazing. It’s the best set I have ever seen and I love the music and

choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant has very effortlessly made this whole thing and it

was just like these are moments that have been captured along with the dance but

the balance that she brought about never overpowers the emotion – its so lovely!

Q. Let’s talk about the song Thug Le.

I think Thug Le is a very very thumping pumping number- it’s a great dancing

number. It’s choreographer Shruti Merchant’s debut – you know it’s the first time

she is choreographing a song and it’s so different – it’s got a very cool attitude

with the moves and the song is also sung like that … it’s so boy v/s girl. There is a

lot of heat, there is a lot of energy, there is a lot of aggression but yet there is also

a lot of flirting so everything has been combined in this song and the set was just

so beautiful. It’s like heavy and everything is so larger than life in that song – it’s a

great celebration!

Q. Last words…

You have seen a lot of rom-com’s but if you are really interested in seeing a rom-

con please come and watch Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl releasing on 9th December at a

theatre near you!

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