Shivaleeka Oberoi, who made her Bollywood debut with Yeh Saali Aashiqui final yr, considers herself an ‘outsider’ within the trade. Although her grandfather, Mahavir Oberoi, was a producer within the 1960s, he died when her father was a teen. “I’ve solely heard tales about him producing a movie from my dad and mom, and that too, solely after I ventured into performing,” she says, including that she has made it in movies completely on her personal, working her means up from being an assistant director.
Presently, Shivaleeka is gearing up for the discharge of her second movie, Khuda Haafiz. The movie, which additionally stars Vidyut Jammwal, revolves round a person’s quest to search out his spouse when she goes lacking underneath mysterious circumstances in a overseas land.
Excerpts from an interview:
Not many know that you just signed Khuda Haafiz even earlier than Yeh Saali Aashiqui launched. How did that occur?
My debut movie was speculated to launch in July and it bought pushed to November, so I had eight to 10 months with nothing to do. I’m not somebody who can sit idle in any respect and I began auditioning once more. The casting for Khuda Haafiz was on and I went in for a quick studying. I heard ‘primarily based on true occasions’ and my character temporary, and I used to be bought. I auditioned for the movie and I gave a few look checks. Kumar (Mangat) ji, the producer, occurred to see my audition. I used to be referred to as to fulfill him and I used to be so stunned as a result of he confirmed immense religion in me, though he had not seen something of my first movie. It meant a lot. My notion fully modified and I simply knew that this insider-outsider divide solely exists until the time your expertise speaks.
I gave a few extra look checks and I occurred to fulfill Faruk (Kabir, director) sir after that. He narrated your complete movie to me, I learn the script and I used to be actually blown away with the best way it was written. A month later, they bought again to me and so they instructed me that I’m doing this. I bought to know simply 20 days earlier than I used to be speculated to go and shoot. I had 20 days to organize so I mainly gave my life into this. It’s an enormous duty and a variety of strain to crack a specific position that’s primarily based on a real story. Nargis is a personality I relate to very properly however she can also be fairly totally different. She is a quite simple girl-next-door who has by no means stepped out of Lucknow. For me, who has travelled your complete world and is so bubbly, I needed to fully tone myself down.
Have been you dissatisfied when Khuda Haafiz was snubbed by Disney+ Hotstar through the press convention to announce their line-up?
Vidyut had tweeted about it and I really occurred to learn it the identical morning. I noticed the line-up the night time earlier than and I undoubtedly felt ‘Why is Vidyut not part of this?’ As a result of everybody was representing their very own movie. There was somewhat little bit of disappointment, however on the finish of the day, the OTT platform did have a dialog with the group. I don’t know what the dialog was, to be very trustworthy, however I’m simply joyful that our movie is releasing. I all the time thought that I might have not less than one launch a yr and by chance that’s taking place though there’s a lockdown happening. There’s nothing extra essential than the audiences deciding how your work is. That is the utmost attain that we will get, and on the finish of the day, that is for the perfect.
Do you may have any regrets that Khuda Haafiz couldn’t launch in theatres?
Undoubtedly, there’s, as a result of we sort of envisioned it that means. All through the filming, we saved interested by how this shot goes to look on the large display screen and the way we will deal with this for the large display screen. The movie is made for the large display screen however understanding that there isn’t a certainty about when the lockdown will finish, I’m joyful that there’s a launch.
Your grandfather, Mahavir Oberoi, was a producer. Was it simpler to get into Bollywood, given that you just had some sort of connection?
Under no circumstances, I’ve really by no means met my grandfather. He handed away when my dad was barely 17 years previous. I’ve solely heard tales about him producing a movie from my dad and mom, and that too, solely after I ventured into performing. After I accomplished my commencement and I began giving auditions, that’s when my dad and mom really confirmed me a black-and-white poster of my dada’s movie Sheba and Hercules (1967). We had no connections within the trade.
My dada should have had connections with actors and producers again then however then he handed away very early. It’s not like my dad had any connections, he constructed his life on his personal as a result of he misplaced his father at such an early age. My mother has been a trainer for 25 years and he or she has been the headmistress of a faculty. There may be no person who has actually helped us in any means. I’ve all the time instructed my mother that if I’ve to do something when it comes to performing, it’s going to be on the idea of the connections I make. My journey has been that of an entire outsider. I do know that it’s on me and it’s fairly tough to make it and even get your debut movie, however I really feel the laborious work pays off.
With Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise, the insider-outsider debate has been reignited and it’s believed that these from movie households have an unfair edge over outsiders. Do you imagine that?
I really feel that whether or not you’re an outsider or an insider, there must be equal alternatives given to each. There must be an equal platform the place everybody can present their expertise and regardless of the particular person being an insider or outsider, they need to be given a specific movie primarily based on their expertise. We now have fairly a couple of individuals from exterior the trade who’ve made it large, like Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao. Vidyut is a large inspiration and he has made no matter he has on his personal phrases. Then you may have Ranbir Kapoor, who’s tremendous gifted and an insider. I really feel that my journey has not been a simple one, being an outsider. The alternatives are lesser, recognition comes solely after you might be two-three movies previous. These are the adverse factors of being an outsider however there are numerous optimistic factors in case you make it large. I give attention to working laborious and I do know that what’s mine will come to me.
You’ve gotten labored as an assistant director on Kick and Housefull 3. What did you be taught on the set?
Rather a lot. I believe every thing that I’ve really realized behind the digicam has formed me to be what I’m right this moment. I really feel that I wouldn’t have been right here if I had not assisted on these movies. I by no means had a delegated objective as an assistant director. I used to do every thing, from rehearsing strains to giving cues to giving the clap and calling the actors. So I’ve been in shut proximity with the entire actors on set. I’ve learnt so many issues that an actor does in entrance of the digicam. Akshay (Kumar) sir is the perfect instance of characterisation. No two movies or characters of his are the identical and that’s the high quality of an actor – versatility – that makes you within the trade. There have been extra experiences that I learnt from, like, coming 10 minutes late on set can have an effect on every thing as a result of there are 300 individuals engaged on a set. Salman (Khan) sir was very, very type. He didn’t know that I wished to behave until the previous couple of days of the shoot of Kick. I used to be fairly joyful that I started working with them and so early in life. I used to be barely 17 once I was an assistant director.
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