Evoking the image of an Indian black widow, the fiery and enigmatic Agent Agni aka Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut is all set to enthrall the audience in her film ‘Dhaakad’.
She recently visited the capital with co-stars Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutta, producer Deepak Mukut and director Rajneesh Ghai. Kangana and the entire cast talked about their roles and the actress stressed on the challenges in portraying her fierce and courageous personality.
Talking about her look and how she prepared for her role, Kangana shared: “I want to thank our director for taking up this project and doing a film with me, while Everyone suggested him, ‘How can you do your first film with Kangana.’. I tried to give my best.”
Kangana Ranaut, pointing to the director, said: “He was most apprehensive about my weight gain due to ‘Thalaivi’ and always used to ask me, ‘Will you lose this weight properly? Will you lose?’ and I reply. ‘Yes I will,’ she laughs and adds: “Even I wondered if I would be able to get in shape again for this role seeing her face.”
Rajneesh said what was on his mind when he took on the project and the character of Agent Agni: “I wrote stories for two others to portray physically strong female characters and I physically push Kangana. Wanted to give because he did ‘Thalaivi’ and so it was a gradual process of losing weight. I wanted to inspire kids and today’s generation with this film.”
Kangana Ranaut shared: “I wanted to use fake guns for this film because I got hurt during the shooting of ‘Manikarnika’ but my director wanted me to use real weapons. As for my training, since childhood I am learning from my action master Surya Narayan ji, from whom I am learning from the age of 16 or 17, but never such a role except for some people like ‘Krrish’ or ‘Krrish’ Milli. Manikarnika’. Also, for the film, a team had also come from Hollywood and Korea for training. So, it is a team effort and cannot be attributed to any one person.”
He claimed: “This film has the longest fight sequence in Hindi cinema at around 14 minutes.”
Continuing the conversation, Arjun, who will be seen as an international human and arms smuggler Rudraveer in the film, throws light on his character.
He defined his personality as ‘stylish, brutal, lean, wicked-without emotion’. “I don’t think anyone has portrayed me like that. I’m coming back to the big screen after a long hiatus, and I don’t think I could have had a better chance and a better director than that. And do this wonderful film.
Divya opened up about playing a brown character Rohini in the film: “‘Dhaakad’ is a really special film for me. This is especially true because sometimes, one is able to get the whole package. It happens. It’s a totally different kind of role. It’s a negative. I got the opportunity to participate in a lot of crazy mean streaks, which was really fun.”
“There were some amazing scenes that I think I will remember for the rest of my life. It really is something beautiful. It’s great to be cast against your type, and it was really wonderful. I am very happy that I have the most wonderful co-stars with me. I think I’ll look back and bring a broad smile,” she said.
Talking about the competition between ‘Dhaakad’ and ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’, Kangana Ranaut said: “We can’t always get a single release. It’s not like these films are releasing on 5000 or 7000 screens. They can both come together and do well at the same time.”
On adapting many Indian films from foreign films and ‘Dhaakad’ having original material, Kangana said: “Certainly it is an original idea.”
Arjun Rampal said: “I would like to add something. Rajneesh and I were talking recently. He got a call from action directors. He said that the action sequences looked so amazing that he wanted to enter the film for the acting awards to be held in Hollywood.
The actress also shared her view on how south films are doing well and getting good response from the audience as compared to Bollywood movies.
She said: “I have been the biggest cheerleader for South Indian films. If you see, I was the first to start with this topic that “Our regional cinema should do well. We must all come together to do something to protect our screens from Hollywood or international movies, because the Italian, French and German and English film industries have single-handedly destroyed them all. We should promote South, Malayalam, Kannada or Punjabi films. We should fear the American film industry.”
On women-centric films being made less in the film industry, Kangana said: “We should see a film as just a film. We should not add sexism to it.
Divya also said: “I think we should stop demarcating women-centric and male-centric films. After this the situation will automatically return to normal.”
Arjuna concluded: “We have come from an era when women had limited rights and no equality. Ever since I got into the film industry, I have done at least one female-oriented film per year. I think it’s because my support system consists mainly of women, which includes my mother, my sister, and now my daughters.”
Directed by Rajneesh Ghai, ‘Dhaakad’ is presented by Soham Rockstar Entertainment Pvt Ltd in association with Kamal Mukut, Sohail Maklai Productions and Asylum Films.
It stars Kangana Ranaut as Agent Agni in lead roles, Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutta and Shashwat Chatterjee in supporting roles.