Pavail Gulatiwho was last seen opposite Taapsee Pannu in the critically acclaimed Thappad, has once again reunited with the actor for Anurag Kashyap‘s mystery drama, Dobaaraa. The film received critical acclaim from all quarters, although many still express concerns about its box office performance. However, Pavail says the film has already recouped its cost. (Read also | Dobaaraa Actor Pavail Gulati Says He Has Social Anxiety)

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Pavail opened up about Dobaaraa and why Anurag Kashyap took quite a few years to make it. He also addressed the concerns about the collections at the counters. fragments:

Are you happy with the response for Dobaaraa?

I’m damn happy, people love it. We as an industry have a hard time because of theaters, but just to get that validation – whoever watches the movie loves it. A movie like this has never been made before, so for us to even try it and people who like it, that’s the biggest validation for the movie and for us.

What was it like working with Taapsee Pannu again?

We have a very nice off-screen friendship. We became friends after Thappad, we meet, we play squash together, we fight too. It is very easy to work with her. She is a friend to whom you can say anything. We can just be ourselves with each other, which is really cool.

How did you get the part in Dobaaraa? Was it because of your couple in Thappad?

Actually, I signed Dobaaraa for Thappad. Anurag Kashyap saw me on an episode of Made In Heaven. He offered me the movie and I read the script. Thappad happened three months later. He gave me Ghost Stories and this movie. Dobaaraa took a little more time to make.

Why did making Dobaaraa take so much time?

When you make such a film, locations are very important. It took them a year to find those locations. They wanted to be perfect with it. They went all over the world, they went to South Africa, Mauritius, London and finally found it in our own country which is Hinjawadi, Pune.

What do you think is the reason why the film does not get the desired collections despite such good reviews?

Our film gets very good reactions. It’s a very, very low budget movie, we only got the money back before and now all that happens is sone pe suhaga (icing on the cake). It’s been released on very few screens and still makes so much money, it’s a blessing.

Audiences don’t go to theaters for anything anymore, even great producers can’t answer this question. A change is underway. When VHS arrived, the theaters suffered. When television arrived, the theaters suffered. Now OTT is here, so the industry needs some time to find the balance. One day things will balance out. Now we have social media to spread negativity. Every new thing that comes up completely disrupts the system. And then it finds its own hold. We are going through a phase but it will be fine soon.

How different is it to work with Anubhav Sinha and then with Anurag Kashyap?

They’re two completely different schools, but they’re kind of the same people. Both are children at heart. They are both very entertaining, funny and energetic. They’re not like the movies they make, they’re actually the opposite of that. Anubhav sir works with a lot of gravitas and knows what he wants to do. He is very prepared.

Anurag sir is actually a very spontaneous. He doesn’t know what he’s going to do. He is very organized in chaos. You can’t prepare if you’re working with him. He will end up on the set and change everything he wants. Because everything is in his head and he realizes it as soon as he gets to the set. Ekdum se unko idea aata hai aur wo change kar dete hain (he suddenly gets an idea and changes things). You should always be on your guard when working with him. That is also a great way of working, as an actor you are very, very conscious. He basically throws you into a deep pool and you have to swim out of it. That is also a nice way of working.

Tell us about your upcoming projects: Goodbye and Faadu?

Farewell stars me, Amitabh Bachchan, Neena Gupta and Rashmika Mandanna. It is directed by Vikas Behl and produced by Ekta Kapoor. It is a family entertainer and has a lot of drama and comedy. It’s about a family going through something. Amit Trivedi provided the music. I can’t wait to release his trailer. I’m trying comedy for the first time. I was so nervous before doing it, but once I got in I really enjoyed it.

Faadu is a series directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for Sony Liv. It is a poetic drama love story. She already left a legacy. She is very collaborative; she loves taking ideas from people. Imagine my happiness, I work with such great directors. Sometimes I pinch myself for working with all of them.

Is the insider-outsider debate still relevant?

I’m tired of this debate, it’s in every department and field. We can either cry about it, which leads to nothing, or we can get up, pull up our pants and work towards it, as many have done. The biggest outsider in this country is the biggest superstar in the world, Shah Rukh Khan. You can take inspiration from him or you can cry for yourself. It takes some time and effort to get where you want, but if you have the talent, patience and perseverance, no one can stop you.

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