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Masaan actress Shweta Tripathi is back in Haraamkhor: Why she stays away from ‘mindless’ films

Mumbai: Her maiden feature film Masaan made critics take note of her performance and actress Shweta Tripathi says she wants to stay away from “mindless” cinema where she is reduced to being looked upon as an object.

Shweta garnered rave reviews for the 2015 Neeraj Ghaywan film where she played the upper-caste lover of Vicky Kaushal’s Dalit character.

Shweta Tripathi. Image from News 18

The actress finds the cinema of Zoya Akhtar “commercial, yet not insulting your intelligence”, but does not understand mindless films.

“I dont watch the kind of cinema where people say leave your brain at home and watch. What is even that? I would never want to be treated as a prop, to be looked on as an object just because of my gender. That I am very sure about,” Shweta told PTI.

“If I am doing something which is making a difference in the story then Ill do it. But not because I am wearing certain clothes and doing nothing,” she added.

Though the National Award-winning Masaan became her first big release, Shweta had previously worked in the short film Sujata, part of Shorts — an anthology of five short films.

It was directed by Shlok Sharma, with whom she is now back with the latest Haraamkhor.

The film chronicles a relationship between a 14-year-old girl, played by Shweta and her tuition teacher, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in a small town.

For the actress, the subject was never an issue and she insists she found out many cases like these once she started talking to people about this.

“It never worried me at all. But this happens everywhere. When I got out of my cocoon, I realised these are the stories which need to be told. I didn’t think it will run into any controversy, or it’ll have any problem with the Censor Board.”

The film, however, did run into trouble with the Examining Committee of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which declined to pass the movie as the theme was “unacceptable.”

“When that happened, I used to call Shlok every now and then. More than frustrating, it was heartbreaking. When there was a meeting with the board, I went there even though I wasn’t needed.”

“When you are trying to do something right, tell an important story to the society without the intention of titillating, then you do ask ‘why us’? That moment came when the film was stuck.

I got the role in ‘Masaan’ because Rajkummar Rao didn’t have dates: Vicky Kaushal

Masaan actor Vicky Kaushal, who excelled as a bereaved lover in the film, is on a roll. He has just signed on a love triangle with director Sameer Sharma, where he shares screen space with the Dum Lagake Haisha duo Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar.

“It’s very different from the usual love triangles,and that’s all I can say at the moment. I started my career with a cameo in Sameer Sharma’s Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. So it’s like coming home,” says Kaushal.

But before Sameer Sharma’s love triangle there is another film ready. From playing a cremator based in Varanasi in Masaan, Kaushal has now moved to playing a musician from Punjab in debutant director Mozez Singh’s Zubaan.

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“The character in Zubaan was easier to do, since I am Punjabi and I do have a fair knowledge of life in rural Punjab. That’s where my character comes from,” he says. Kaushal plays a character who is phobic towards music.

“I can’t explain any more because it would give away the plot. But Zubaan was easier to do. I could relate better to the character. In Masaan I had to start from scratch. Though I had worked in and around Varanasi as an assistant director to Gangs Of Wasseypur I was not familiar with Varanasi. It was like a whole world opening up to me. I had to learn everything from scratch about the culture language. Zubaan was much easier than Masaan.”

About the similar-sound titles of his two films so far Vicky says, “My mother says after Masaan and Zubaan, my next film should be titled Kisaan.”

He adds, “To be honest I never expected this kind of acceptance. It was immensely motivating. I felt I was on the right track. If I had chosen to be an actor, I had chosen well for myself.”

Kaushal remembers how he got the Masaan role, “The director Neeraj Ghaywan and I were both assistants on Gangs Of Wasseypur. We bonded since then and would discuss scenes from Masaan. During that time Neeraj wanted to sign Rajkummar Rao for my part. But his dates didn’t work out. That’s how I got the part.”

Kaushal never expected the reactions that got for his performance in Masaan. “I knew I had worked hard. But this kind of praise was unimaginable.”