Vaani Kapoor is very excited about her film Shamshera, where she will be seen sharing screen space with Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. In an interview with Filmfare, Vaani Kapoor talks about Shamshera and how her life changed after Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui.
What has been your experience working on YRF’s Shamshera?
I have never been part of a film like this before. I have never had a director like Karan Malhotra before and I have never had a co-actor like Ranbir Kapoor before. They all gave me such a unique experience. I am learning from the best. Subconsciously, I am observing and inducing. There is so much infusion of different thought processes and methods. There is so much that’s rubbing off on me as an artist and an individual, that I am taking that and soaking it all in.
What do you love about director Karan Malhotra?He is someone who will push your limits. I want to test my limits as an actor. And the fact that I literally had the best of the best. I couldn’t ask for better. I love working hard. I feel like, if I haven’t worked hard, then I haven’t delivered. If a director is expecting me to go beyond what I am expecting, what a film will require as a hard worker, as an actor and artist, I feel okay. I am in safe hands. Because he (Karan) knows if I get laid back, he will pull me up. That, strangely, is a thrill for me, and I thrive on that.
How has your life changed after Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui?
What I can see and feel is the love of the audience. It motivates me to do better and do more. I am just hoping that I get that opportunity, and when I have that opportunity, I know I will try and give more than 1000% to it. I am trying to challenge myself as an actor with every project.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui was appreciated by critics, but it did not do well at the box office.
I was disheartened when Chandigarh didn’t make that box office number. Yes, it got love from our critics, but it kind of shakes our confidence. I was like, should I just try something that everybody is loving and is a tried and tested formula? At the end of the day, it’s all about business. You have to make money. Everything has become too selective. And it’s scary to try something new. And if you don’t try something new, that gets boring. It’s a very tricky situation that we are in. But you can’t make an average film. You have to make something that surpasses the expectations of the audience, which only makes us work harder. I think it’s the amalgamation of all three things.