The brief that I was given was that he is suave, he is flippant, and he is cool.And these are not adjectives that you would usually hear about a negative character.Rani plays Shivani Shivaji Roy an astute and very tough cop working in the Mumbai Crime Branch unit.When the mastermind behind a child trafficking ring makes the mistake of kidnapping and smuggling outside the city a teenage girl who is like a daughter to her, Shivani embarks on an obsessive and relentless hunt for the girl. Starring opposite Rani in the deadly cat and mouse game is newcomer Tahir Raj Bhasin, who plays Walt, the young and ruthless mafia kingpin.That was interesting as an actor, making a debut, to play someone who had that contrast… It is sort of a culmination of everything I have learned in acting school. The boys on the streets that grew up in these areas dress like any college boy would in India’s metros, but they have this sort of confidence in their eyes of being through a lot of dark experiences. What makes Walt’s life interesting in is the fact that his intent and his back-story are never really revealed. But I think that that is what is so great about acting.Fighting a war that has become personal, Shivani plunges into a seedy world of debauchery, cruel desires and exploitation. Critics and fans have applauded his performance as the many-shaded character. Stacey, I had been struggling as an actor in Bombay for about 4 years.We caught up with the actor this week to chat about , playing the anti-hero, working with Rani Mukerji and his hopes for the film. I came in contact with the Shanoo Sharma, the casting director for this film, about 2-3 years ago.She had auditioned me for a number of projects and I had always made it to the short list.
So an anti-hero is really the way we portrayed him.He doesn’t look or talk or is not like your typical Indian film villain, at all. That when a girl looks at this character she should feel like My God this could be my boyfriend, this guy could be my brother or this guy could be just some guy I meet at a cafe or a bar. Girls don’t know whether they want to hate him or like him. I have been going to acting school for a number of years now.Did you know that India is the world’s hub for child sex trafficking and that 16 million women and children are victims of this crime? The hard-hitting gritty film directed by Pradeep Sarkar stars Rani Mukerji in a never before scene avatar. Shining the light on this horrible issue is , which is in theaters now.I think over 100 people were called for the audition, that were shortlisted on the basis of their photographs and their previous audition. The auditions took place over a period of two months. It was definitely the scariest audition of my life because I knew what was at stake. I think my first thought was Oh My God, Everyone is going to compare my acting to Rani Mukerji and that is really intimidating.
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