Baaghi 2 collects 156.58 cr in 24 days

Baaghi 2 Box Office Collection Day 6: Tiger Shroff's Film Leaps Across 100-Crore Mark
Box Office India Trade Network

BAAGHI 2 collected a decent 2.50 crore nett in its fourth weekend to have twenty four day total of 156.50 crore nett. the drop from last weekend is 60-65% which is good trending for an action film. The film is looking to finish in the 159-160 crore nett range.

It will be the third highest grossing non holiday film after BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION and YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI. There may have been some holidays in its run but by holidays it is meant the six major national holidays and its these periods that the top 30 grossers have come barring five films (BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION, YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI, BAAGHI 2, TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS and ROWDY RATHORE).

The business of BAAGHI 2 till date is as follows.
Week One- 1,10,81,00,000
Week Two - 32,74,00,000
Week Three - 10,48,00,000
Friday - 50,00,000
Saturday - 80,00,000
Sunday - 1,25,00,000
Fourth Weekend - 2,55,00,000
TOTAL - 1,56,58,00,000 apprx

Nanu Ki Jaanu collects 2.95 cr in 3 days; Beyond The Clouds collects 1.05 cr

Image result for nanu ki jaanu beyond the clouds
Box Office India Trade Network

NANU KI JAANU has fared poorly over the first weekend with collections in the 3 crore nett. There is some growth on Saturday and Sunday but it was not enough. The film will probably see the week at low collections and that will be it.

The first two day collections of NANU KI JAANU are as follows.
Friday - 70,00,000
Saturday - 1,00,00,000
Sunday - 1,25,00,000
TOTAL - 2,95,00,000

BEYOND THE CLOUDS had a poor weekend of 1 crore nett and the trend was very poor for a very niche film which can easily double up or even treble on a Saturday especially when collections are so low.

The first weekend numbers of BEYOND THE CLOUDS is as follows
Friday - 25,00,000
Saturday - 40,00,000
Sunday - 50,00,000
TOTAL - 1,05,00,000

I told Sanjay Dutt that we won’t glorify him and he was okay with it-Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani
Meena Iyer (DNA; April 24, 2018)

It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon. The only sound you hear around filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani’s suburban bungalow is the rustle of dry leaves that wither and fall, unable to bear the scorching sun. Raju is neck-deep in editing his biopic on Sanjay Dutt, which stars the dynamic Ranbir Kapoor.

We tiptoe into his room guided by a polite assistant, who points to a set of sofas away from the work table. After we have finished a cup of strong, homemade chai and bitten into a slice of cake, Raju walks across. He says he is nervous because the teaser of the film is about to launch. When I call him the Big Daddy of Bollywood who has delivered superhits like the Munnabhai franchise, 3 Idiots and PK, he sighs and says, “Please, don’t do that. All this makes me even more nervous.”

Of course, when he begins to talk about Sanjay’s biopic, everything changes. You can tell he has been deeply affected by his subject. After all, the actor isn’t just a stranger whose story he will bring alive on the marquee. That his Munnabhai has laid bare his life and entrusted Raju with the task of taking it across to the world clearly shows Sanju’s respect for his craft. Over to Rajkumar Hirani...

Your biopic on Sanjay is highly anticipated. Are you excited?
Quite honestly, expectations are always there at this stage. I’m happy and excited, but nervous, too. Also, it is hard for me to be objective about my own work. You live with the movie for so long. You write it, then shoot it and edit it. There are so many internal and external processes involved.

What prompted you to make this biopic on Sanjay? Weren’t you discussing another Munnabhai film with him?
I must tell you how I got attracted to it. I was writing Munnabhai. However, much earlier when I was penning PK, Sanjay was out on parole and I happened to meet him. He just started talking about his life. He was lonely. Manyata (I think) was in hospital and he used to go there (sometimes) and then come home to an empty house. So, he was just venting, speaking straight from the heart. And, he started giving me anecdotes that were just gems for a filmmaker... ki aisi film toh hum soch hi nahin sakte, likh hi nahin sakte... Even though I had worked with him, I wasn’t close friends with him, like, say, other filmmakers such as Sanjay Gupta, Mahesh Manjrekar and others were. I knew Sanju, but there was always a distance. He had never opened up like he did on that occasion. I had gone at 5 pm, stayed with him till 3 am and then came back home.

The next day, when I was editing, he called me and asked me to come over. I think he wanted to talk. After that, I called Abhijat (writer Abhijat Joshi) and told him I’m hearing these crazy anecdotes, which even if I want to write, I don’t know how to go about it.

The following day, I took Abhijat along. For over 25 days, we sat for a crazy amount of time and recorded everything. We didn’t know if there was a film because most of the things he recounted were anecdotal. I had no idea how to string them together. But what we did feel was that here was a man who had led such a crazy life in every way. He was coping with the loss of his mother, he had been to rehab for drug addiction, then he went to jail (sighs). Besides what he told me, I also met others who knew him — journalists, cops, relatives and friends. I felt there was a movie that should be told. The first thought that came to me was we will say it like it is. I told Sanju that we won’t glorify him and he was okay with it. He was like, jo bhi hai, banao.. He had talked about drugs, women, the gun, almost everything that happened. For a filmmaker, it’s like a goldmine.

How did you think of titling it Sanju? Dutt went around for a long time...
Actually, we thought of many titles. One of them was Aisa Hi Hoon. Anything you attach with a name in a biopic is like an adjective. Even if you say Aisa Hi Hoon or Sarphira, either you are glorifying him or attacking him. One thing all of us were clear about was that we wanted a neutral title. Dutt seemed a little harsh. Then I heard a gem from him. Apparently, Nargis ji used to call him ‘Sanju’ with a lot of affection. We thought this is the most non-committal and neutral title, with no pre-conceived notions.

You are the maker of super-duper hits like the Munnabhai franchise, 3 Idiots and PK. Why should you be nervous at all?
The first films are the most fearless ones; you don’t worry about them. When your first movie releases, in my case it was Munnabhai MBBS, I was just relieved that it was out there. Just that sheer thought makes you happy. It is only later that other thoughts cross your mind. Slowly, you realise that you want your movie to be liked, then you want it to succeed and become a hit. But as I said, these are thoughts that come much later. The first thing is relief.

Oh, but all that is clearly in the past. Now, you’re the Big Daddy of cinema!
Don’t bait me. I don’t buy into such things (smiles). I’m a filmmaker first, nothing else matters.

People say that you’re the best writer in the business...
Abhijat and I work together as a team. Please don’t put pressure on me by saying things like that. Anyway, in this case, we didn’t have to write. For the last 50 years, Sanjay has been writing his life. It’s said that bad choices make good stories. And this is a classic case of that.

The teaser gets launched later today. A penny for your thoughts on this occasion?
I have a terrible reputation for being nervous. If you ask Abhijat and Boman Irani, I’m a nervous wreck before every film. I recall after seven days of 3 Idiots’ release, I asked Boman if people were liking the film or was it just Aamir’s presence. I’m a bit of a mess like that because as I pointed out earlier on, I write, shoot and edit a film for months. So being objective about the end product is so hard. Every moment, every joke stops affecting me after a point in time. However, I am fortunate to have people like Abhijat, Boman and a couple of others. So, I see it from their point of view. Their reactions are fantastic to the teaser of Sanju, so I guess it’s good.

You managed a coup when you cast Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay. The two of them are not directly connected. How did you manage to see him as Sanju?
I had a basic draft of this biopic when I sent Ranbir a message, ‘I’ve a script, let’s meet up when you’re free.’ Ranbir is usually aware of everything that is happening in the industry. He is very sharp. I’m guessing he already knew that I was planning a biopic on Sanjay. When I sent him the message, Ranbir promptly replied, ‘I hope it’s not the Sanjay Dutt biopic.’ And I thought, ‘Oh God, maybe he has heard and he may not want to do it.’ I told him it’s the same script, but let’s meet. When I met him, I realised he knew a lot about Sanju. He had spent time with him and knew him well. He used to work out at his gym and had probably heard the stories. But when he saw the angle of the story, he was like, ‘It’s interesting, let’s do it.’

Yet, Ranbir made for an unusual choice...
Hmmm. Why Ranbir? The first reason for choosing him is that he’s a fantastic actor. And the second reason is that he is at the perfect age. I needed an actor who could be 21 (years old) because that is where the film begins. That was the age when Sanju was shooting for Rocky and his drug phase started. And then we have Sanju when he came out of prison (around 56 years). So, we needed someone who could fit that transformation.

Since you managed to get up, close and personal, did you spot any similarities between them?
Both come from film families, and have that X-factor, the charm. They have lived the life of actors all through. Ranbir is not someone from outside the industry who came here to be a hero. In a sense, it was easier for me to see him as Sanju. Physically, they’re not similar. Sanju is bigger, but Ranbir is slightly taller than him. He doesn’t seem so, but it is true. Ranbir worked very hard to get the physicality right. He spent days watching tons of videos to strike the right balance and when you observe him in the film, you will notice that there is a resemblance of Sanjay Dutt, yet you know it is Ranbir Kapoor. If he did anything slightly more, it would look caricaturish and if he did a little less, it wouldn’t work. I didn’t think about anyone else. I first thought of Ranbir and went straight to him and I can tell you, we were right.

Have you shown the teaser to Sanjay?
Yes, I have shown it as well as some scenes to him. He gets overwhelmed. In fact, I told him to see the full film, but he said no, he would watch it when it’s complete. He came to the sets only twice. I think he is pretty brave. He has talked about everything in his life. I don’t think everyone will have that courage.

Salman Khan returns to Kashmir after 3 years for Race 3 song shoot

After a pit-stop at the J&K Chief Minister’s residence, actor arrived in Sonmarg to shoot for a song
Anil Raina (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 24, 2018)

Salman Khan, who had shot for Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan in the picturesque Pahalgam, is back in the Valley for his upcoming action-thriller Race 3 after three years. The 52-year-old actor arrived in Srinagar on Monday to shoot the last song in the multi-starrer with co-star Jacqueline Fernandez. After a pit-stop at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s residence — the meeting lasted an hour — he left for Sonmarg.

According to a source close to the development, they will be filming some portions of the song in the resort-town before leaving for Ladakh for the wrap. The J&K Police and Tourism departments have made special security arrangements at every location. “The team has procured all the required permissions from the Wildlife and Tourism department to shoot in Sonamarg and Ladakh and we are assisting them in every way. We want more films to be shot in the Valley,” a top tourism official told Mirror, adding that extra care is being taken for Salman as the actor has a large fan base in Kashmir. Besides the state police, he is accompanied everywhere by his personal security Shera.

Meanwhile, Mirror has also learnt that Salman was so happy with the hospitality extended by the chef and staff of the property he stayed in while filming Bajrangi Bhaijaan that he has summoned the same team to Sonamarg to join his personal chef from Mumbai on the set. Ramesh Taurani’s action thriller opens on Eid and also features Anil Kapoor, Daisy Shah, Bobby Deol and Saqib Saleem.

Three spots, two days, one wedding for Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja?

Aunt’s bungalow added to the list of venues for Sonam Kapoor’s nuptials
Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 24, 2018)

Sonam Kapoor is set to tie the knot to businessman beau Anand Ahuja in a two-day ceremony on May 7 and 8, which will be spread across three locations in Mumbai.

The sangeet and mehendi ceremonies will be hosted at a luxurious hall inside a BKC building where the Kapoors also own a sprawling duplex. The celebrations will kick off on May 7 with a lot of song, dance and dhamaal. Anand’s extended family is flying in from the US, London and Delhi for the occassion, while choreographer Farah Khan has already begun designing routines that the couple and their friends will shake a leg to.

“The traditional Hindu wedding ceremony will take place on May 8 at Sonam’s aunt, Sunita Kapoor’s sister and art collector-connoisseur, Kavita Singh’s heritage bungalow at Bandstand,” a source close to the development informs Mirror. The bungalow, located close to Shah Rukh Khan’s Mannat is one of the country’s finest homes boasting of art from across the globe, exquisite Buddha and Ganesha statues and dazzling chandeliers. “The reception, which takes place the same evening, will be at a suburban five-star owned by Sonam’s hotelier-bestie, Samyukta Nair,” the source adds.

For the last two months, Sonam and mom Sunita, had run into overdrive to lock a suitable venue for the ceremony. Now that the details are finalised, the duo is making personal calls to invite every guest, as the wedding cards are still being made. The guest list, which is constantly being updated is about 200-300 people, including family, friends, B-townies and politicians.

Meanwhile, Sonam, who holidayed with Anand in London, and also took off on a five-day retreat to her family favourite Austrian spa, has been glowing at her public appearances. The 32-year-old-actress looked stunning in a sharara at close designer friend Sandeep Khosla’s niece’s wedding on Saturday. Then, she went on to beat Monday blues by unwrapping a pair of sneakers that Anand gifted her. She joked on Instagram that her beau’s idea of romance always involved shoes.

Karan Johar's chat show Koffee With Karan to undergo a revision in season 6?

Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; April 24, 2018)

After a lukewarm reception to the fifth season of Koffee With Karan — criticised for serving as a promotional platform for films instead of having celebrities engage in uninhibited banter — the team behind Karan Johar’s chat show is working on revising the content of season six.

Barring the engaging Rapid Fire, which demands bit-sized controversial answers from guests, the unit is working on eliminating all existing rounds from the upcoming series. We hear five new game ideas are currently being designed. One among them will be a truth-or-dare round. “We hope the segment encourages revelations that are interesting and controversial. That is what the show was originally celebrated for,” says a source from the unit.

The developments come after the crew reflected upon the misses in the last season. “We knew we encountered certain problems in season five, and brainstormed on a few new concepts. This time, the show will be spicier. Karan has decided to prevent pairing costars. The trend is convenient, and sometimes important. But he intends to avoid doing so this year.”

Johar tells us that the unit is working hard to chalk out appropriate schedules ahead of the release later this year. “The sixth season will be out this year for sure. Currently, we are working on the timeline. By the end of this month, we will decide when the telecast can take place,” he says.

The source adds that while they start rolling in September, and are immediately eyeing a November telecast, they may advance the airing if the artistes’ line-up is decided by the month end. For now, as has been previously reported, the makers hope newly-wed Anushka Sharma and hubby Virat Kohli can kickstart their show. “Karan is trying to get them on the couch. He is also eyeing Anand Ahuja [Sonam Kapoor’s rumoured beau], apart from looking at welcoming a big international star,” says the source, quick to add that the industry’s leading men, the three Khans — Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh — “will surely be part of it”. “ But, unlike in the last season, they will be encouraged to talk about their personal lives instead of their movies,” the source promises.

Varun Dhawan’s dance film to begin in January 2019?

Varun Dhawan
Harshada Rege (DNA; April 24, 2018)

Varun Dhawan is on a roll. The 31-year-old, who is among the most successful actors of his generation, has not only garnered a lot of appreciation for his performance in October, but also bagged some plum projects. These films, which are being made by the biggest banners in B-Town, will see him share screen space with a few leading ladies for the first time.

The actor is already working on Sui Dhaaga: Made in India, which will be his last release this year (September 28). The next biggie in his kitty is Kalank, which is being directed by Abhishek Varman and produced by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala and Fox Star Studios. The shoot of the period drama, which also stars Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur, is currently underway. It is expected to wrap up around November-end and will hit the marquee on April 19, 2019. Post that, he gets a breather in December. Apart from taking some time off, the star will also undergo rigorous training for Remo D’souza’s ambitious project. Says a source, “There were reports that the actor will begin shooting the film in December. But this will actually be his turnaround time where he is likely to plan a vacation and train in various dance forms. The movie, which will see Varun collaborate with his ABCD 2 director Remo, will have some hardcore dancing. Though he is easily among the top dancers in the industry, he will definitely hone his skills furthermore for the film that is being made in the 4DX format. The team is likely to begin shooting in January and the dance flick is slated to release in November 2019.”

Varun will then be seen in Rannbhoomi, which is also being made under his mentor’s banner, Dharma Productions. For this, he will once again team up with his Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania director Shashank Khaitan. The warrior film, which showcases love, relationships, sacrifices and revenge, opens in cinemas during Diwali 2020. The actor has also hinted that he may make time for a project with dad David Dhawan, which will ensure that Rannbhoomi won’t be his only release that year.

This year, Varun has been seen opposite heroines with whom he hasn’t been paired before. Though he had worked with Jacqueline in Dishoom and Judwaa 2, the latter saw him romance Taapsee Pannu for the first time. In October, he played Dan alongside newbie Banita Sandhu. While he has been paired opposite Anushka Sharma in Sui Dhaaga, Remo’s movie will see him shake a leg with Katrina Kaif. It’s not known whether Sonakshi will play his love interest in Kalank, as it also features Alia, with whom he has worked in three films.

Shahid Kapoor plays a boxer in Raja Krishna Menon’s next?

Shahid Kapoor
Nayandeep Rakshit (DNA; April 24, 2018)

Shahid Kapoor was supposed to start work on Imtiaz Ali’s next after wrapping up Shree Narayan Singh’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu. Now that the former has been put on the back burner, the Padmaavat hero has signed a film with Raja Krishna Menon (of Airlift and Chef fame). The director had confirmed the development but details about the project have been tightly guarded. Now, an industry insider tells us, “Shahid is doing a sports-based film with Raja. He wanted to explore that space for quite some time. He plays a boxer who emerges triumphant against all odds in his life.”

The actor will start prepping and training for the role right after he wraps up work on Batti Gul Meter Chalu. “He needs to have a particular physique to play the character convincingly and learn the techniques of boxing,” says the source. This is his second movie where he essays the role of a sportsman. Previously, he played a cricketer in Dil Bole Hadippa!

The film is currently in the scripting stage. Adds our source, “Someone had approached Shahid with the story. He liked it and since he was already discussing about collaborating with Raja, Sasha asked the filmmaker if he would want to work on it. And the latter started developing it further.”

Dharmendra surprises Sunny and Karan Deol on the sets of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas

Dharmendra and Sunny on the latter’s next directorial which introduces another Deol, Karan
Roshmila Bhattacharya (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 24, 2018)

Last Friday, when Sunny Deol was shooting son, Karan’s debut film, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, at the Buddh International Circuit in NCR, he had a surprise visitor. “I was in Delhi for some work and had heard they were shooting some racing car sequences. So, I decided to drop by and watch my grandson in action. I didn’t want to disturb them at work, so I didn’t tell anyone I was coming. No one was expecting me par jaldi hi khamoshi khushi mein badal gayi. I could see the hint of tears in Sunny’s eyes. He doesn’t say much but being his father I notice,” says Dharmendra, flashbacking to that emotional moment.

Sunny laughs saying his papa had been “threatening” to visit them for a while and when he finally did, his sudden appearance seemed unreal. On the scene that was being shot, the director informs that it is integral to the script, filmed with high-end racing cars, a technical crew from abroad and among the drivers is Gaurav Gill, the first Indian driver to win the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship.

“I’d dropped by the Betaab (Sunny’s first film) sets unannounced too and watched him playing football. My Kashmiri brothers and sister have since named that location as ‘Betaab Valley’ in a touching gesture of love. Over three decades later, I arrived to find Karan behind the wheel of a racing car and watched him on the monitor where he spotted me after the shot,” the veteran actor reminisces.

Sunny turned director with Dillagi, a love triangle featuring him, younger brother Bobby and Urmila Matondkar, in 1999. He returned 17 years later with Ghayal Once Again and is now gearing up to launch his son and Seher Bamba in his third directorial. Does the job get easier with time? “I was an actor who became a director and got back to it after a long time. I understand it a lot better now but since this is my son’s debut film, there’s a lot of pressure on me to make sure everything is right. I guess dad felt the same way when he was launching me. Now, being a father myself, I understand him better,” he says.

Admitting that he’s never sure about what he’s created till the film releases, Sunny philosophises, “Life’s uncertain too. I come from a family of actors who are in this profession because we enjoy the work. If the work is good and the film works, you become a star. But we have remained actors because for us the biggest thrill is getting into character rather than focussing on learning other things we shouldn’t be concentrating on.”

His father agrees that launching Karan is a huge responsibility. “Every father dreams of creating something beautiful for his child. It’s Sunny’s dream too and being Karan’s gradfather I share it. But in a world of make-believe, success comes by chance no matter how hard you work. Fortunately, the love of the people has been with us through the last six decades aur duaayein bahut kaam aati hai,” Dharmendra asserts. Does Karan share any of the qualities of his father or grandfather? “There’s a bit of all of us in him but eventually he’s a unique induvidual.”

The film has borrowed its title from the song from Dharmendra’s 1973 film Blackmail. Sunny admits it’s one of his favourite numbers and apt as the title for a youthful romance. “Love is so beautiful, precious and pure, till the cracks appear,” he points out. The team moves to Manali next and will wrap up the film in the Bay.

I got to work with two of the most incredible women-Vicky Kaushal

Vicky Kaushal on playing an army officer in Meghna Gulzar’s espionage-thriller, Raazi, and interacting with the ‘cool’ Alia Bhatt
Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 24, 2018)

Three years after Vicky Kaushal, 29, cropped up on cinephiles’ radar as one of the troubled protagonists in Neeraj Ghaywan’s 2015 directorial debut, Masaan, the actor is gearing up for the release of his first film with an A-list heroine — Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi alongside Alia Bhatt. Excerpts from an interview:

What was it like to play an army officer for the first time?
Meghna told me not to read the book (Calling Sehmat, on which the film is based) because of its expansive narrative. For the film, she chose a particular journey from it and wanted me to treat the script as the only blueprint for my character, Iqbal. It was a learning experience because there is more to Iqbal than just being a Major in the Pakistani army. It was important to understand his emotional side. Also, studying the hierarchy of the army, the significance of each medal, the maroon beret, it was all a first for me.

As a team, we all got to know of anonymous people who strive to safeguard us because that’s their top priority in life. It’s the riskiest, most thankless job ever. Like Meghna did with Talvar, which I thought was 2015’s finest film, she chose a subject that required its characters to walk on thin ice. Not many realise how huge a responsibility it is to even attempt making a film like this. Not many directors are capable of achieving this feat.

The Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions’ film revolves around Alia Bhatt’s Sehmat, an Indian spy who is the wife of a Pakistani army officer. Did you have any inhibitions or prejudices about working with an A-list actress?
Raazi was an experience like none other because I got to work with two of the most incredible women I know — Meghna and Alia. I don’t need to tell anyone how good an actress Alia is; her body of work speaks for itself. Sehmat is definitely the toughest character she has played till date and she’s pulled it off in an incredible way with immense hard work.

What I admire most about her is that even though she’s a leading star today, she doesn’t wrap herself up in a bubble. She is comfortable and cool, easy to bond with, and always makes sure to lift the performances of her co-stars.

Shooting in the Valley must have been equally exciting…
We had filmed the interior sequences in Mumbai and Patiala and were shooting exteriors across Kashmir, which was a first for me. The locals are hospitable, the sights mind-blowing and we were continuously hogging on local delicacies. On my only day off, I trekked to the Aru Valley, uphill of Pahalgam, and I want to go back there.

Buzz is, you’re taking off to Serbia for your next, Uri, after Raazi hits screens on May 11.
Yes, I immediately jump into my next based on the Uri attacks. It’s a story everyone should know about because it’s one of the Indian army’s best operations conducted with valour and efficiency. It feels wonderful to be working on another Ronnie Screwvala production after Love Per Square Foot brought me fan mail from Brazil and Argentina, among other countries where Hindi films are not popular but the issues of space constraints are. I connected with the film because of my father’s (action director Sham Kaushal) own struggles of finding a house in Mumbai. I rediscovered my city through the film. When it was made available online across 190 countries on Valentine’s Day, it felt great to be a torchbearer for Hindi cinema globally.

You have another love story coming up with Aanand L Rai’s Manmarziyaan, directed by Anurag Kashyap. The microphone changed so many hands before it finally went on floors the second time…
I was a part of this film right from the beginning and in every director’s version. Every film has its own destiny and we’re all happy with how Manmarziyaan has shaped up. The story is fresh, and even though it’s up Anurag’s ally, there is so much he’s doing for the first time. My character has shades of comedy, romance, drama...

You’ve also completed Karan Johar’s short as part of the Lust Stories anthology. What was the experience like?
When Karan directs, there is a rare energy on the set. It’s like a big mela — no stress, lots of excitement. No one’s worrying about production issues. Once, the DoP was going to take another hour to set up the light and the entire crew and Kiara (Advani, co-star) just hung out on set. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how strong Karan’s comic timing is. When he narrated portions of the film to me, I was bowled over. I told him he was hilarious and that he needs to direct a full-fledged comedy next. But he brushed it off with “ya ya”. He’s a lovely, modest filmmaker and that’s inspiring for a new guy like me.

For an actor who found acclaim with Neeraj Ghaywan’s indie darling Masaan, you’ve come a long way in commercial cinema.
I don’t believe in labelling myself, and I don’t want to set boundaries for myself. I want to be instinctive... my job is to perform with all my heart.