Ananya Panday on her new movie ‘Gehraiyaan,’ maintaining it relatable on social media, and punctiliously crafting her profession along with her movie selections
Teen romance to romantic comedy to motion drama. In simply three movies, Ananya Panday, 23, has proven that she is not going to be put right into a field. Her newest,Gehraiyaan, tackles messy relationships and the drama that comes with them (the forged calls it ‘‘home noir”). Directed by Shakun Batra (Kapoor & Sons, Ek Principal Aur Ekk Tu) for Amazon Prime Video, the film additionally stars Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi.
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Whereas we don’t see a lot of Panday’s character, Tia, within the recently-launched trailer, she says there’s much more to her position. “I received’t say I’ve skilled what she has been by, however we do share plenty of traits. Like being extraordinarily loving and constant in any relationship. Maybe somewhat dependent and insecure as properly…,” she trails off with a smile in a Zoom interview with The Hindu Weekend.
The dynamic and complicated relationships between the three protagonists are what drew her to the script. That the venture was helmed by certainly one of her dream administrators was an added bonus. “I don’t assume I had a course of by way of performing; I’d flip up and simply drift. [But] Shakun has been very aware and conscious with me. He gave me the liberty to discover. Once we would block our scenes, he would allow us to play it out.” This helped Panday construct the character on her personal phrases and join with the position higher. “It’s one thing I’ll take ahead with me in my profession.”
The social network
One space that Panday doesn’t need assistance with, nevertheless, is social media. Her 21 million Instagram followers are aware about her love for style, her new tasks, and glimpses of her private life. In her bio, she calls herself a ‘serial chiller’. “I’m blissful simply being with my household and closest buddies [whom I’ve grown up with]. I like sitting with my pancakes and occasional in a nook and getting misplaced in ebook,” she says (see field), including that, on the similar time, she is cautious about not setting unrealistic expectations for many who comply with her. “It isn’t potential to be fully assured, blissful, or on level always. I prefer to be variety and keep in my lane.”
- “I like studying as a result of it’s one thing during which you need to be fully focussed. I learn plenty of fiction, however of late, I’ve been interested by non-fiction as properly,” says Panday. Subsequent on her studying listing is ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Harari. A couple of of her latest favourites embrace ‘Regular Folks’ by Sally Rooney, ‘Conversations with Buddies’ by Sally Rooney, ‘The Palace of Illusions’ and ‘The Forest of Enchantments’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, ‘Norwegian Wooden’ by Haruki Murakami, ‘My Life in Full’ by Indra Nooyi, and ‘Turning into’ by Michelle Obama.
It’s additionally why she doesn’t perceive cancel tradition. “What does that even imply? It’s not like they are going to stop to exist any extra!” This strategy to creating protected areas on-line gave rise to So Constructive (@sopositivedsr) in 2019, her Digital Social Duty initiative. The goal is to create consciousness round social media bullying, she says. “The actual fact is that anybody could possibly be in that place; it’s essential to debate these topics overtly.” So, other than tips about their social media feed, they’ve additionally put collectively a handbook on greatest take care of such conditions.
Throughout the pandemic, the content material pivoted to spotlight Covid warriors. This included a collection of interactions with the folks behind initiatives that introduced oxygen help, animal welfare, rations, and extra, to their communities.
Poo for energy
- Why is Panday obsessive about Kareena Kapoor’s character from ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ [she frequently posts videos of her lip-syncing to Poo]? “It’s not simply me,” she laughs. “When Suhana [Khan], Shanaya [Kapoor] and I had been youthful, we loved her dialogues and located her delightfully humorous. Now that I give it some thought, she was a feminine character we noticed who was unabashedly herself. She was an icon for robust, highly effective self-love a lot earlier than it grew to become a buzzword.”
On the work entrance, she’s busy selling Gehraiyaan in the intervening time. Liger, with Vijay Devarakonda and Mike Tyson, is ready to launch within the second half of 2022. There’s additionally a thriller venture she guarantees we’ll hear about quickly.
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Within the meantime, she’s going to start taking pictures for Zoya Akhtar’s Kho Gaye Hum Kahan in March. “I’m actually wanting ahead to that have. As a result of Zoya’s movies are my favorite type of movies,” she concludes.
Gehraiyaan will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on February 11.