A gym is an unusual place to be sized up for an acting job, but Bollywood star Disha Patani, who plays one of the leads in the upcoming Hindi romantic thriller ‘Malang’, was being inadvertently auditioned while she lifted those heavy weights.
“Mohit sir [director Mohit Suri] and I go the same gym in Mumbai and in there he saw an independent girl who knows who she is during workouts. He felt I am someone who can handle life and is in a zone where she is learning more about herself,” said Patani in an interview with Gulf News tabloid!.
In the Goa-set revenge saga ‘Malang’, also starring Aditya Roy Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu, Patani is on call to play Sara, a woman in the throes of a quarter-life crisis. There’s more to her character than meets the eye. The film revolves around a series of bizarre events that unfurl during a Christmas night in Goa and how four characters find their lives intertwined following an event that happened five years ago.
“Girls are always shown as positive in films ... Personally, I love negative roles or roles with shades of grey in them,” said Patani, who counts ‘Gone Girl’ as one of her favourite films.
We caught up with the actress, who was last seen with Salman Khan in ‘Bharat’, to speak about ‘Malang’, her quest for a beach-ready body and her rising career in Bollywood where she has signed on a new film with Khan...
Tell us about your role in ‘Malang’ and the film?
I am playing Sara, today’s girl who’s freespirited and wants to explore life. She’s living on the edge, trying to get over her fears. This character is close to who I am, but I am not as carefree like her. ‘Malang’ is a romantic thriller and has action in plenty. Mohit sir [director Mohit Suri] approached me for the role, asking me if I would like to do it. I said ‘yes’ instantly because I loved the script.
There seems to be a stereotype attached to free-spirited women in Bollywood films … they are either too chirpy or addicted to partying, alcohol or drugs in some place hedonistic like Goa … Do you agree?
Honestly, in my career I have never played someone who’s carefree before. I have done three films before ‘Malang’ where I played a ‘girl-next-door’ or a smart girl. I didn’t play someone who’s exploring who she is. Usually, I play roles where I am sure about what and who I am. But here, Sara is clueless about who she is and what her identity is like. She’s trying to understand herself by getting over her fears.
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